After having arm lipo, you’ll be able to return home the same day. However, your recovery period will last a lot longer than just a few days. How can you maximize the benefits of your procedure and speed your arm liposuction recovery? Here, we take a closer look at some expert advice on how to get the best results after your surgery.
Liposuction is a very safe procedure with minimal risks. However, it’s vital to take good care of yourself at home afterward to ensure you stay well. Following your surgeon’s advice is imperative. Here are some other helpful tips to give you the best chance of a rapid recovery and an excellent outcome.
Getting Home Safely
The first important tip for your at-home care is to get home safely. It’s important to find someone who can drive you home after your procedure. Whenever possible, make sure you have someone around to help you in the house for a couple of days. This will enable you to get lots of rest and start your recovery in the best way possible.
Although you shouldn’t exercise in the immediate aftermath of your surgery, you need to live healthily. Eat lots of nutritious foods, such as vegetables and fruit. You should also drink plenty of fluids. Take the pain medication that your surgeon has prescribed you. However, you shouldn’t take anything your surgeon didn’t prescribe. You should also avoid drinking any alcohol until your surgeon says it’s OK as this could cause fluid retention. It could also interact negatively with your medication. Avoid smoking, too, as this will delay the healing process and increase the chance of complications. After a few days, you can start doing some gentle exercise in the form of walking. Avoid lifting your arms until your surgeon gives you the go-ahead.
Wearing Your Compression Garments
Your surgeon will have instructed you to wear a compression garment after your surgery. Make sure you follow the instructions closely. This will guarantee the best possible result. Wear it 24/7 for the first six weeks after your surgery and avoid bathing until your surgeon says you can. Make sure to regularly check the incisions to guarantee there are no infections.
Calling The Doctor
Complications are rare after arm lipo. However, it’s important to call your doctor if you have any concerns. If you experience excessive bruising or swelling or the incision site looks infected, consult a physician. If you experience any other side effects, such as vomiting, headaches or a rash, you should also talk to your doctor. It’s also important to return to your surgeon for your post-procedure check-up as arranged. This will ensure that everything is as expected and that your recovery is going well.
The Artlipo team is here to give you the advice you need to guarantee the best possible arm liposuction recovery. Contact us today to ask any questions you may have. Our friendly team is on hand to address your concerns and give you the help you require.
Dr. Thomas Su, is the owner and cosmetic surgeon of Artistic Lipo. He has led our full-time clinic specializing in awake-only liposuction since 2007. Dr. Su began his medical career in internal medicine, practicing that until 2005, when he began to provide a full spectrum of non-invasive cosmetic procedures.