Doctors typically require compression garments to be worn by patients immediately after the liposuction procedure. They serve as support for the treated areas while also reducing the amount of swelling or bruising.
The types of compression garments administered vary immensely: some are snug and tight, while others allow more space. In recent years, less snug garments are produced in the market for post-operative purposes.
However, most of these garments are made up materials similar to aerobics suit or leotards wherein it fits all sizes. There is also quite a large variety of garments produced these days to make wearing it more efficient for patients. There are those that are created like underwear so they can be worn underneath other types of clothing. Meanwhile, others are loose-fitting so it can be worn over your other garments.
Wearing of compression garments vary from patient to patient though, since some find it comfortable while others don’t.
Any type of surgical procedure requires gradual healing. However, most doctors would require you to do some walking to reduce the possibility of swelling. Meanwhile, this will also prevent the formation of blood clots in your leg area. On average, patients can expect to go back to work within just a few days. As for the stitches, they are either removed or disappear for about a week or up to 10 days.
However, strenuous activities are highly discouraged within a month following the surgery. This is because your body is still in its healing stage. Bruising and swelling normally appear after 3 weeks, while others take up to six months before they are fully gone.
Your surgeon would often scheduled visits so they can monitor the progress of your condition. Meanwhile, they will also try to assess, depending on your condition, whether there is a need for additional procedures. During your visit, take time to ask your doctor questions if you are suffering from any unusual symptoms such as tremendous pain or excessive bleeding.
Seeing the Results
Due to the presence of bruising or swelling during your recovery period, it is not until you are past this stage wherein you can see noticeable difference in the shape or look of your body as a result of the surgery. However, you can expect these changes to improve and become more pronounced after a period of 4 to 6 weeks. During that time, swelling is completely gone. It is when you reach the 3-month period where you can visibly see the new contours of your body.
Now that you have achieved that shape, you must enhance it by modifying your unhealthy diet and looking at exercising more regularly.