If you’re considering liposuction in the new year, here are seven things you need to know first.
1. Find a doctor you trust.
Experiencing some anxiety is a normal part leading up to any medical procedure. That’s why it’s essential to find a doctor you trust. Having confidence in your provider eases your anxiety pre-liposuction. What should you look for in a provider? Click here to learn the five must-have qualities for a plastic surgeon (listed under Myth #1).
2. Share your complete medical history with your provider.
Make sure your plastic surgeon knows your complete medical history. That includes all medications you’re taking (both prescription and over-the-counter), any allergies, and any past surgeries. This is important because it allows your doctor to know if further testing needs to be done before scheduling a procedure.
3. Talk with your loved ones.
With any big step in life, it’s important to involve the ones closest to you as your support system. Share your decision with those you love, so you can have them on board before the new you is revealed.
4. If you struggle with anxiety, tell your doctor.
If anxiety is a struggle for you, talk with your plastic surgeon to find out if he or she would recommend any anti-anxiety medication. You can also find a close friend or family member to drive you to and from the procedure.
5. After surgery, wear compression garments.
Shapewear (aka compression garments) is basically a gentle hug for your body, telling your post-surgery body to contour in the way your surgeon wants it to. It’s important to wear the compression garments as much as possible for 2-6 weeks following surgery. Your doctor can advise you of the best length of time for your body.
6. Start massage a week after liposuction.
After liposuction, the treatment area can become firm due to inflammation. After a week passes, a massage to the treatment area may help soften the tissue. This is something you can do for yourself, for five minutes, twice a day. Your surgeon will instruct you on how to massage the area.
7. Stick to healthy basics.
It’s easy to underestimate the basic tenets of a healthy lifestyle: Get your rest, drink enough water, and eat healthy foods. Your doctor will let you know when it’s appropriate to resume exercising. These activities cannot be underestimated after any kind of surgery. For your body to heal quickly and fully, you need to make sure you are taking care of your body. On a similar note, nicotine actually impairs healing, so it’s important to avoid smoking, both before and after surgery.
As always, if you have any questions regarding the process, it’s important to talk with your doctor. This can also ease your anxiety as you get ready to unveil the new you.