Laser Liposuction Recovery

Laser Liposuction Recovery

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Whether you undergo a tummy tuck, Arm Liposuction, breast augmentation, or BBL, choosing a board-certified surgeon is essential to avoid complications during the rehabilitation period. 

Traditional liposuction is an invasive cosmetic procedure with numerous side effects and risks. That’s why most people, including men and women, undergo laser liposuction to reduce the risk of side effects and complications. 

Laser liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that produces effective outcomes with fewer risks. A qualified surgeon in Miami performs this procedure under local anesthesia and uses advanced laser technology to melt away fatty tissues beneath your skin. 

Unlike traditional liposuction, which involves general anesthesia, laser liposuction enables you to stay awake during the procedure. However, the surgeon numbs the treatment area to ensure you don’t feel discomfort. 

Thus, laser liposuction is a much better, effective, reliable, and safer option for people with different skin types. Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothes on the day of surgery and leave your valuables at home. 

Avoid wearing piercings and jewelry items, nail polish, hairspray, and makeup. Make sure you follow these instructions on the day of surgery to streamline the entire process. Read on! 

Laser Liposuction Recovery Time

Laser liposuction is a safe procedure. However, it requires the patient to take care of themselves for at least a week or two to optimize healing. The good news is that laser liposuction recovery time is 50% less than the traditional procedure. 

You will experience slight bruising, soreness, inflammation, and pain because this minimally invasive procedure still involves incisions—however, the healing time is relatively quicker than traditional liposuction. Follow your surgeon’s instructions to avoid complications. 

For instance, do not take a shower within 48 hours following the surgery to keep your incision dry. You can wash your face with a soft washcloth. In addition, sleep appropriately according to your doctor’s instructions and keep your head elevated during your sleep. Use a recliner to avoid pressure on the treated area. 

Likewise, sleep with soft pillows to minimize swelling. Avoid rolling on your side during sleep. Use an extra pillow for a few weeks to reduce swelling and inflammation. 

Recovery Tips

Your body will undergo various internal changes following the laser liposuction procedure. For instance, your immune system will work more actively to streamline the healing process, and you will experience natural body reactions, such as:

  • Bruising 
  • Soreness
  • Discomfort 
  • Swelling 
  • Inflammation 
  • Pain  

Therefore, get a few days off from the workplace and get appropriate rest. Here are a few laser liposuction recovery tips. 

1. Wear Compression Garments 

Wear Compression Garments after Laser Liposuction

Your surgeon will advise you to wear compression garments to reduce swelling, keep your skin smooth, and minimize the risk of external pressures on the healing area. You can also undergo a lymphatic massage to avoid fluid accumulation at the incision site. 

2. Wear a Sunscreen 

Although laser liposuction has little to do with the outer layer of your skin, sometimes, the epidermal layer of your skin will feel sensitive. So, if you need to get outside, make sure you apply sunscreen to prevent premature aging and cancer risk. Remember, this is even more important for people who have undergone arm liposuction. 

3. Drink More Water 

The human body is composed of 70% of water. It plays a critical role in almost all body processes, including metabolism and homeostasis. Drinking plenty of water will keep your blood clean and your skin fresh. 

Woman Drink More Water

It plays a vital role in keeping your skin smooth, soothing irritation at the incision site, and spreading essential nutrients to the treated area for a speedy recovery. Double your water intake if you have more sensitive skin. 

4. Avoid Smoking 

Woman Avoid Smoking after Laser Liposuction

Smoking is directly proportional to the increased risk of complications during rehabilitation. If you are a heavy smoker, you will find it challenging to quit. Your surgeon will ask you to quit smoking at least 3-to-4 to weeks before the surgery. 

Generally, surgeons advise their patients to refrain from smoking 3-4 weeks before and four weeks after surgery; Nicotine can cause fat necrosis and infections and delay the healing process. It can also result in scarring. 

Shopping List

You will need to shop for a few essential items to streamline your rehabilitation period. For example, invest in compression garments, loose or comfortable clothes, soft pillows, and a recliner. Other things to consider are:

  • Stool Softener 
  • Pain medications, such as Tylenol 
  • Easy-to-prepare meals and snacks 
  • Organic makeup products to cover bruises

What to do Next?

Laser liposuction is a highly reliable procedure to remove stubborn fat from your body with fewer risks of complications. If you need more information on laser liposuction or schedule an appointment with our board-certified cosmetic surgeon in Miami, call us between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday to Friday. 

Dr. John E. Nees, MD

Dr. John E. Nees, MD

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Dr. John E. Nees, MD specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery in Miami, FL


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