Helpful Tips to Accelerate Your Abdominal Liposuction Recovery

by | Apr 14, 2023 | Abdominal Liposuction/Stomach Liposuction

Both men and women are concerned about fat in the abdomen area. Abdominal liposuction in Manhattan is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure to reduce excess abdominal fat and restore a flatter, smoother tummy. Experienced liposuction surgeons use the FDA-approved Smartlipo Triplex laser lipolysis workstation to perform the procedure. The procedure reduces belly fat and tightens the skin to provide a proportionate, balanced, and appealing appearance. With this minimally-invasive liposuction, recovery is much faster compared to the traditional procedure.

However, to speed up the recovery process, the patient needs to take extra care and follow the surgeon’s instructions diligently.

Tips for Faster Recovery after Abdominal Liposuction

Avoid strenuous activities

Avoid lifting heavy weights and vigorous physical exercises for at least three to four weeks following the surgery to ensure smooth recovery. Allow your body to rest and recover over the first 24 hours following liposuction. Based on the surgeon’s instruction, incorporate light exercise and short walks after the first one or two days of abdominal liposuction to speed up the body’s healing process.

Maintain a proper diet

A nutritious diet will speed up your recovery.  Include lean protein, antioxidants, and vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet, as these “good” foods help wound healing. Make sure to limit your salt intake because salt causes the body to retain water, which makes you appear bloated.

Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol

Smoking and alcohol consumption can slow down the healing process. Nicotine use limits your blood flow, and this can prolong your healing process and put you at a higher risk of infection.

Stay hydrated

It is common to experience dehydration after the procedure, due to the loss of water in the body during surgery. It is crucial to maintain proper hydration to ensure faster recovery. Typically, a daily intake of 10-12 glasses of water is recommended. Avoid high-sodium drinks as they can contribute to dehydration.

Lymphatic Massage

Minor bumps, lumps and swelling are common in the immediate post-operative phase. Liposuction may damage most lymphatic capillaries within the targeted adipose tissue. Typically, lymphatic damage caused by liposuction is not a permanent condition, as the lymphatic capillaries can regenerate within a few weeks to several months after being damaged by the liposuction cannula. Plastic surgeons highly recommend manual lymphatic massage for their liposuction patients, as it has been shown to reduce recovery time while minimizing discomfort and pain experienced by the patient.

Stick to your surgeon’s instructions

Follow your surgeon’s instructions strictly. Following the procedure, your surgeon may recommend wearing a compression garment, once the bandages in the incision areas have been removed. The compression garment will provide continued protection to the incisions and aid the healing process. The blood flow in the treated areas will be maintained when the blood vessels remain active due to the compression.

Keep the incision clean

Infection is a common risk after liposuction. Changing bandages frequently is the best way to keep the liposuction area clean. Keeping the area clean will prevent any type of infection from developing. Change the dressings and bandages regularly, and keep the incisions dry and clean.

Consider following these tips, as proper post-operative care is crucial to ensure a smooth recovery. For optimal results out of abdominal liposuction in Manhattan, make sure to choose an expert laser liposuction surgeon.

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