Four Tips for Achieving a Smooth SmartLipo Recovery
Are you frustrated with excess fat around your midsection, upper arms, or thighs? These troublesome areas are often difficult to tone and tighten, even under the strictest exercise program. SmartLipo provides patients an effective solution for removing stubborn fat cells that have not responded to routine exercise and a healthy diet.
To ensure you achieve the best results possible, Dr. Gregory T. Mesna at Mesna Plastic Surgery in Minneapolis, MN discusses four tips for a quick and smooth SmartLipo recovery. Patients who follow these tips are less likely to face setbacks and complications, such as infection or increased pain.
Prepare Your Home and Body
Because you will be limited in movement for the first few days after surgery, preparing your home in advance can provide a peaceful, comfortable, and clean atmosphere to come home to. We encourage our patients to prepare as many healthy meals in advance and freeze them so it makes mealtimes easy and simple. If you are unable to do this, arrange for someone to assist you with cooking and cleaning for the first few days after surgery. The day before surgery, make a last minute grocery run so your kitchen is fully stocked with healthy foods, water, and snacks.
It’s also important to change your sheets the day of surgery so you have clean sheets to rest in once you arrive. A clean atmosphere reduces your risk of infection. You might also have extra pillows on hand to help prop your body up.
Resting and staying hydrated is key to your recovery. Have books, bottled water, your phone, and your tablet on your nightstand so you have entertainment and water within easy reach.
Follow Your Post-op Instructions
Before your procedure, Dr. Mesna will provide you with at-home care instructions to assist you in your recovery. These are not meant to be viewed as suggestions, but should be diligently followed. Instructions will include how to care for your incisions, when showering and bathing are allowed, medications to take and avoid, and follow-up appointments to attend. Following these will not only help you heal faster, but will significantly reduce your risk of infection.
Maintain a healthy diet throughout your recovery. Eating nutritious foods, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding alcohol will give your body what it needs to heal. It’s also vital that you avoid smoking before and after your procedure. Smoking can slow your body’s healing time and place you at great risk for complications.
Report Any Signs of Infection
No matter how minimal the procedure is, as with any surgery, there is always a risk for infection. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, taking your medications as directed, and attending your follow-up appointments will greatly minimize your risk - especially when your surgery is performed by a board certified surgeon, such as Dr. Mesna.
Throughout your recovery, if any of the below side effects develop, please call our office immediately:
- Unusual redness
- Excess bleeding
- Pus around the incisions
- Severe dizziness
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about SmartLipo and how it can benefit you personally, schedule your consultation with Dr. Mesna today. You can reach us online or call (952) 927-4556. Our team is committed to helping you achieve a smooth recovery and desirable results.