Many people find that, despite maintaining a balanced diet and regular exercise habits, they are unable to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat in their inner thighs. Thigh liposuction in Manhattan is a minimally invasive laser-assisted treatment that removes excess fat in your thighs, tightens the skin and enhances the shape and appearance of your legs. Inner thigh liposuction reduces the friction and discomfort brought on by extra skin and fat in this region.
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If you are thinking about getting inner thigh liposuction, there are a few things you should know, including what healing and recovery involves.
Thigh Liposuction: Healing and Recovery
The amount of fat removed and the precise location treated determine how long it will take you to recover. There may be some swelling and it can take time to subside. Fluid retention is common after any surgical procedure and you may feel “puffy” for a while because it takes a while for this fluid to be naturally reabsorbed into your body.
The recovery time for patients who had substantial liposuction on both the inner and outer thighs is typically two weeks. Patients can expect a 7–10 day recovery if only a minor amount of fat is removed. It may take a few months before you notice the full effects. Following your surgeon’s instructions can promote smoother, faster recovery.
Here are some tips to recover effectively after outer and inner thigh liposuction
- Eat healthy and stay hydrated: A balanced diet with the appropriate foods, beverages, vitamins, and nutrients can support healing and are crucial for a speedy recovery. Additionally, the majority of your body’s pain and strain during recovery are brought on by inflammation. Including anti-inflammatory foods in your diet will speed up the healing process.
- Take the prescribed pain medications: Although laser liposuction is a minimally invasive treatment, you will experience mild to moderate pain for the first 48 hours. Taking the prescribed medications can ease the pain. Contact your surgeon if your pain does not start to subside within the first two days.
- Wear the compression garments: It can be uncomfortable to constantly wear a compression garment or elastic bandages during the initial days. However you must wear the garment as advised by your physician, as it will lessen swelling and bruising, stabilize and maintain your new shape, and speed up recovery. Follow your surgeon’s instructions on how to use the compression garment or elastic bandage.
- Plan your return to activity: Most patients return to routine after the first two weeks of the treatment. However, throughout the first month, you should still intend to wear your compression garment for roughly twelve hours every day. Based on your surgeon, start your return to activity with mild exercise, such as walking and stretching. You can resume your regular activities after the first month following the procedure, though the swelling may persist for several months after.
- Give yourself time to heal: It is vital to give yourself time to recover. Although laser liposuction is a minimally-invasive procedure, you should give your body some time to recover before you resume your normal routine. Consider taking a few days off from work. Additionally, arrange for someone else to help with daily chores, such as domestic tasks and perhaps driving. Follow your surgeon’s advice on when it is safe for you to resume working, exercising, and other activities.
- Follow wound care instructions to minimize scarring: Since liposuction requires incisions, many people are concerned about getting scars. There is minimal risk of scarring with laser liposuction as the incisions are very small. Following your surgeon’s wound care recommendations will help you heal with the fewest scars possible.
- Avoid smoking and alcohol: Surgeons advise against smoking and drinking alcohol before and after your liposuction procedure. Smoking reduces blood flow, which raises the risk of infection. Alcohol might dry up your skin, making it more challenging for the surgeon to sew your skin back together. Stop smoking 4-6 weeks before your treatment and to continue to avoid it for at least four weeks afterward. This will lessen your risk of complications and help speed up and improve the healing process.
- Avoid soaking in the bath: You will be able to shower a few days after your procedure, but it’s crucial to avoid soaking in a bath. The wounds can still get infected even though they are small. Avoid wetting the incisions until they are completely closed and healed.
Outer and Inner Thigh liposuction in Manhattan is a safe and effective procedure that can provide you with slimmer, toned legs. Following your plastic surgeon’s instructions will help you heal and recover quickly.