General Post Op Tips - New York, NY
I just got my first of two Smart Lipo procedures...
- 9 Jun 2012
I just got my first of two Smart Lipo procedures done today. Same as everyone else, I decided on this procedure because I'd struggled to lose weight with diet and exercise. I will be turning 30 in a August, am 5'5" and fluctuated between 150-160 the past 3years. Compared to other options, Smart Lipo appeared to be a less invasive/painful procedure (and like everyone else's posts, it hurt!) and have quick recovery so I could look my best for the last few months in my 20s!
That said, today I got my flanks and lower back done (4L). Next Saturday I will be going back to get my upper and lower abs, upper back and arms done. My Dr recommended doing the procedure in two days bc of the amount he was removing.
In any case, I didn't get many tips on post op care other than not to remove bandages and compression garment until our follow up on Wednesday. Which after reading some reviews, seems like way too much time to pass for a follow up. Do you agree?
Additionally I was only instructed to take my anti-biotics, iron supplements, drink water and to avoid carbs & salt. Are there any other dietary tips?
What's the best way to reduce bloating? 4-6 weeks is a long time so would love some tips to try and appear somewhat normal this summer! :)
Do daily walks help? I was also advised to sit propped up at and angle vs straight up? Were those recommended to help with draining/bloating?
Also understanding that everyone's recovery timeline is different, what are some general and/or weekly benchmarks in the healing process so I can manage my own expectations?
So in regards to timing, with today being Saturday, I only took Monday off from work. Should I haven given myself some more time? And that just made me realize, when can I shower??
What are some general post op MUSTs and DONTs? Any other insights here would be great and much appreciated. Thank you