How Soon Is Too Soon

Cardi B recently revealed while performing at the Beale Street Music Festival how she got the body of her dreams so quickly after having her baby: a rigorous dance and concert routine and a little help from liposuction. So, while Cardi chose to get back on stage and start performing quickly after having her liposuction procedure, does that mean you should get back to your normal activity levels? Dr. Jack Peterson performs liposuction in Topeka and offers a few suggestions on post-lipo recovery.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes stubborn fat that will not budge with diet and exercise. During the liposuction procedure, a small incision is made and a special cannula is inserted to suction away unwanted fat.

Liposuction is not a weight-loss tool. It is a body-sculpting procedure that can be used to reshape the upper arms, back, hips, belly, thighs, buttocks or face to improve their shape. Liposuction is often performed in conjunction with other body-sculpting surgeries, such as face-lifts, breast reductions for men and women, body-lift procedures, and the abdominoplasty tummy tuck.

What Is Liposuction Recovery Like?

Liposuction has come a long way in the last few decades, so the procedure is less invasive, which means recovery is less intense. In most cases, you can get back to work within a few days of your procedure and return to normal activities within two weeks.

However, we don’t recommend you jump right back on stage and into stilettos like Cardi.

For most people, you should expect:

Bruising, soreness and swelling. In most cases, you will not have to stay overnight after having liposuction. You should expect bruising, soreness and swelling for at least four to six weeks after your procedure.

To wear a compression garment. You should also expect that you will have to wear a compression garment for up to two months after your liposuction treatment to help reduce swelling.

You’ll need meds. You will need to take antibiotics before and after your liposuction procedure, and you will likely be prescribed pain relievers for after your treatment, too. Take all medicine as directed by Dr. Peterson.

You’ll also need to rest. While liposuction is not major surgery, it is still an invasive procedure, which means you’ll need to rest to reduce the risk of complications and maximize your results. This means convalescing at home for a bit and avoiding strenuous activity. And, no concert performances, at least for a few weeks.

Let’s talk about liposuction. Give Dr. Jack Peterson a call in Topeka today by calling 785-234-9000 to discuss the procedure.