Postoperative Instructions: Thigh/Abdomen Liposuction

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Immediate Postoperative Care

  • Rest: Plan to rest for at least the first 24-48 hours post-surgery. However, it is also important to walk and move around periodically to enhance circulation and prevent blood clots.
  • Compression Garments: Wear the compression garments as directed by your surgeon. These help reduce swelling, provide support, and help the skin conform to the new contours. They are usually worn for a few weeks up to several months, depending on the surgeon's advice.
  • Medications: Take any prescribed medications, including pain relievers and antibiotics, exactly as directed to manage pain and prevent infection.

Pain Management

  • Pain: It's normal to experience pain and soreness around the treated areas. Pain can typically be managed with prescribed pain medication or over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen. Avoid NSAIDs like ibuprofen for the first 48 hours unless approved by your surgeon, as they can increase bleeding risk.

Wound Care

  • Incision Care: Keep incision sites clean and dry. Your surgeon may give specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site, which might include gentle cleaning with soap and water.
  • Monitoring for Complications: Watch for signs of infection such as increased redness, swelling, warmth, or drainage at the incision sites. Also, be alert for fever or increasing pain, which are also signs of possible infection.


  • Activity Restrictions: Avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and vigorous exercise for at least 4-6 weeks after surgery or until your surgeon gives you clearance to resume such activities.
  • Gradual Increase in Activity: Gradually increase your activity level according to your body’s tolerance. Light walking is encouraged early to promote circulation.

Diet and Nutrition

  • Hydration: Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water, which helps with healing and reduces the risk of complications.
  • Nutrition: Eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals that can aid in recovery. Focus on foods high in protein, vitamins C and E, and other nutrients that promote healing.

Follow-Up Appointments

  • Attend Follow-Up Visits: Go to all scheduled follow-up appointments so your surgeon can monitor your healing and the outcome of the surgery. These visits are essential to address any concerns and manage any potential complications.

Long-Term Care

  • Swelling: Expect swelling to gradually diminish over several months. It can take a few months to a year to see the final result of the liposuction.
  • Scar Care: Once the incisions have healed, consider using scar-minimizing treatments such as silicone gel or sheets, which can help reduce the visibility of scars.

Signs to Watch For

  • Emergency Symptoms: Contact your surgeon or seek immediate medical care if you experience severe pain, significant swelling, sudden shortness of breath, chest pain, or leg pain. These could be signs of complications like infection, bleeding, or a blood clot.