A key aspect of getting prepared for Vaser Liposuction at Cosmos Aesthetics is knowing some of the important dos and dont’s of lipo recovery.
Whilst Vaser Liposuction is a day case cosmetic surgery procedure, it is still surgery, and allowing adequate recovery time and adhering to the doctor’s post-operative instructions is vital for your recovery and final results.
Here are some important Vaser Lipo recovery elements to understand before deciding to have surgery…
1. Allow time to recover
Vaser Liposuction is a surgical cosmetic procedure that can take anywhere from 1-4 hours to remove the unwanted fat cells from the targeted areas of the body, these times are just an example and will vary between patients, their needs, and the number of areas being treated. Depending on multiple individual factors, you will be in recovery for a minimum of 2 hours, before being discharged to go home on the same day as your surgery in the care of a responsible adult to rest and recuperate.
For some patients, they will be feeling back to themselves and ready to resume some light normal activities within a week. For others, a recovery time of more than a week is more realistic. This will depend on the volume of fat cells removed during the Vaser Liposuction procedure, the number of treated areas, the complexity of your case, as well as your natural ability to heal. These are just an example and each individual’s projected recovery time will be discussed at length with the doctor performing your surgery.
When you can expect to see your final results from liposculpture will also vary from patient to patient, and will be dependant on your recovery and multiple individual factors. In general, patients can start to see their results from Vaser Lipo after around six weeks post-procedure, with the final results of surgery taking up to six months or longer to fully appear.
2. Wear your compression garments
They may not always be comfortable to wear, but wearing the compression garments for a minimum of six weeks following surgery, is an integral component for your health and recovery after Vaser Liposuction.
The compression garments help to:
- Compress the skin of the treated areas.
- Prevent swelling of fluid post liposculpture procedure.
- Aid tightening of the skin to improve body contouring.
- Reduce swelling and increase circulation.
The compression garment should be fitted properly to apply consistent pressure. They should be comfortable enough for you to wear up to 23 hours a day. You’ll only need to remove the garments f0r 30 minutes a day for bathing, washing, and massaging the treated areas.
3. Attend your lymphatic drainage massage appointments
To enhance the healing process, speed up your recovery time and improve your overall liposuction results it is vital you attend the scheduled lymphatic drainage massage appointments and follow ups.
Daily self-massage helps to encourage the movement of excess fluid and swelling that accumulates under the skin and between the muscles after liposuction.
Before you book your Vaser Liposuction surgery at Cosmos Aesthetics, you must understand that recovering from surgery is a commitment and you must be able to attend all aftercare appointments needed. It’s not uncommon for a patient to need multiple lymphatic drainage massages scheduled in the days and weeks throughout the recovery period post-Vaser Liposuction.
It is important for patient’s to also know they are responsible to self-massage all of their treated areas daily, this is usually done after showering each day when the garments are removed for an average of 30 minutes.
4. Take care of your surgical incision sites
Post-operative bruising and swelling are common after the surgical procedure. Patients should also expect leaking of the numbing solutions from the incision sites made for the cannula insertion.
It takes on average about two weeks for these small incision wounds to heal after liposuction surgery. You’ll be provided with information on how to care for your wounds and avoid infection during your recovery period.
Keeping your surgical incision sites clean, dry, and well-dressed, will help maintain the health of the incisions and improve your recovery.
Small, straw-like drains will be inserted into areas of the abdomen to help the leaking fluid drain for the treated areas faster. You should expect to have these drains for 4-5 days before they are removed during one of your follow-up consultations in the clinic.