If you’re planning to have arm lipo, there are lots of things to consider. You will need to plan for your return home after the procedure. You will need someone to take you home, and you may need some help for a couple of days. You will also need to think about taking some time off work and preparing some meals in advance. However, one of the questions you’ll also need an answer to is, “How do I wash after my arm lipo?”
Indeed, liposuction of the arms doesn’t involve making large incisions. Nevertheless, you still need to be aware of how you care for yourself after the procedure. It’s only natural to want to wash after returning home. Therefore, you need to know how to do it safely without causing yourself any harm.
Caring for the Incisions
Although the incisions for arm liposuction aren’t large, you still need to care for them. If incisions of any size aren’t kept clean, they may become infected. This can cause scarring in the long term, which will ruin the appearance of your arms. Keeping even the smallest of incisions hygienic and clean is key to ensuring an excellent outcome.
Can I Shower?
Your surgeon will let you know when you can have your first shower after your procedure. You will not be able to have a shower on the same day as your surgery. Within a couple of days, though, you will be able to take a shower. When you do so, however, you will need to take care. You will need to wash the treated area very gently. Scrubbing the incisions could lead to them opening. This could introduce infection to the wound.
Can I Bathe?
You will receive the green light to take a shower within a couple of days of your procedure. However, you mustn’t take a bath. Although the incisions in your arms will close quite rapidly, they’re vulnerable to infections when submerged in water. This means you should not take a bath until your surgeon tells you that you can. This could be around four weeks after your procedure.
Can I Swim or Use A Hot Tub?
As we’ve already pointed out, your incisions will be vulnerable to infection when submerged in water. This means you need to wait until they have healed entirely before swimming or using a hot tub. Your surgeon will probably advise you to wait for several weeks before doing either of these activities.
What About My Compression Garment?
You will receive a compression garment to wear on your arms after your surgery. You must remove this before showering. But your surgeon will advise you to wear it continuously immediately after your procedure except for when washing. This is because the compression garment will speed the recovery and improve the outcome of your surgery. You should continue to wear it as advised by your surgeon to ensure a flawless result.
If you need any further advice about washing after arm lipo, contact Artlipo today. Dr. Su is an expert in the field and can give you all the information you need.
Dr. Meegan Gruber is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been in practice since 2005. She is a native Floridian who was born in Miami. Dr. Gruber attended the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated with honors with a double major in Molecular Biology and Ethnic Studies and a minor in Fine Art.