The SmartlipoTM device by Cynosure, Inc. is a huge leap forward in liposuction technology, offering patients a great option for reducing fat in “problem areas” in a minimally invasive surgery that offers little downtime and tightens skin.
Despite the improved recovery time of Smart Lipo, the procedure is still a surgical treatment, and patients should do everything they can to ensure a quick and smooth recovery following the operation.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for your Smartlipo recovery.
Have a Helper
Having a friend or loved one on hand to assist you after surgery can make your recovery go much more smoothly. Since SmartLipo recovery is relatively brief, you shouldn’t need a helper for more than a day or two following surgery.
Follow Post-Op Instructions
The most important rule for a smooth recovery is to follow all instructions from your doctor. These instructions may include when and how to use and clean your compression garment, how to encourage drainage safely, cleaning and caring for your incisions, how to use any prescriptions, and guidelines for resuming normal activities. It’s not always possible to avoid complications, but following instructions reduces risks greatly.
Prepare Your Home
You’ll want to make sure you don’t have to worry or exert extra effort during your recovery period. Rest is key! To help ensure you have everything you need, make sure your fridge is stocked, the important items on your to-do list are checked off, and prepare a comfortable space for yourself to recover in.
Just as you must quit smoking at least two weeks before the procedure and avoid alcohol a few days before surgery, it is important to continue avoiding these substances after the procedure. Both alcohol and smoking can greatly inhibit healing and put you at great risk for complications. Your cosmetic surgeon will advise you on which specific medications to avoid before and after surgery as well.
If you notice anything that seems out of the ordinary, it’s important to contact your surgeon or urgent care facility at once. You don’t want to risk infection or other complications. Talk to your doctor beforehand so you know what signs of trouble to look for.
A conscientious doctor will give you support and instruction for your post-op recovery period. Choose a surgeon with the skill, artistry, and supportive attitude necessary to give you the best chances for safe, beautiful, and natural looking results, like those offered by our NYC and Long Island SmartLipo specialists.
We perform expert SmartLipo laser liposuction at our accredited surgical facility in Commack, Long Island with appointments available at that location as well as in New York City. Call today to schedule your free consultation!