Some of the most common questions Boston liposuction patients ask me are about recovery. Last week I answered two questions about techniques to keep recovery times minimal and how soon you can expect to be able to show off your slimmer figure (click to read post 1). Here are the next set of frequently asked questions and my answers:
3. What about drains?
Part of the body’s normal reaction after surgery is to collect fluid under the skin at the treatment site. For extensive procedures, the fluid must be allowed to drain through small tubes during the first few days after surgery. Liposuction patients usually don’t need these drains unless they’re getting an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) in addition to the liposuction. The use of drains differs between cosmetic surgeons, so it’s worth asking the details from each Boston plastic surgeon you consider.
4. Will small-scale lipo mean shorter recovery?
Smaller scale procedures usually heal more quickly; however, I remind my patients that a lot depends on your body’s natural ability to heal. Also, if you have a condition like diabetes or certain circulatory problems, even if the condition is well-controlled, your healing time could be extended.
5. How can I speed up the recovery process?
There isn’t a whole lot you can do to minimize recovery time after surgeries like liposuction, other than to make sure you rest up and follow your surgeon’s instructions. For the most part, your recovery time will be a direct result of your surgeon’s skill and your own health and genetics. Eating and exercising properly in the months before your procedure is always a good idea, but choosing your surgeon wisely is perhaps the best thing you can do to minimize recovery time.