If you undergo liposuction to get rid of some extra fat, then you’ll want to make sure you don’t put it back on straight after your operation! This doesn’t have to be difficult, though you do need to take caution when exercising post-surgery; gentle, simple exercise which don’t wear you out or slow down your healing are the best ways to ease you back into a healthy exercise regime after undergoing something like liposuction.
Just a few days after you’ve had the lipo, you can get your body moving around by making an effort to walk relatively short distances. If you’ve got access to a gym, you might feel brave enough to use the elliptical machines gently – but don’t wear yourself out too much on them, and don’t be tempted to use any machines which require more movement or flexibility than this.
More important is the approach to exercise you take in the long run. Liposuction isn’t a quick fix, and it isn’t something that will keep the fat off you for good. As with any other kind of weight loss, you need to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly to stay slim post-lipo. Swimming, running, and cycling are all cheap, easy ways to keep your body in top shape post-lipo – but wait until you’re fully recovered to start on any of these!
You’ve had the surgery, and you’re on your way home… it’s all done, right? Well… not quite. There is a little thing called ‘aftercare’, and it’s just as important as… any other kind of care! If you want your surgeries to go off without a hitch, then caring for yourself afterwards – and making sure you get the right care from your professionals – really is of the utmost importance.
First off, it’s good to know just what to expect after lipo. It’ll take 1-3 months to fully recover from lipo, though the pain from the op should be gone in about a week or so. In terms of aftercare, there are quite a few things you can do to help yourself heal so much better:
- Make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids – but avoid alcohol
- Keep the area of the surgery clean, and resist the temptation to apply ice packs – they’ll slow the healing process down
- Change the bandages regularly, or when your surgeon has advised you to
- Don’t expose the operated area to water – this could cause an infection
- Wear light, comfortable garments
- Make sure the pressure garment you wear post-surgery is the right size
- Always keep help at hand!
If you follow this simple advice, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t heal in no time. Of course, this is general advice intended for most people; if your surgeon or consultant has given you more specific advice which may, in some cases, contradict our tips above – always follow your surgeon’s advice!
Yes! It’s another blog getting under the skin of Secret Surgery! This time around, Patricia Palmer has told all about her life and her experience in the business. Patricia is one of our Patient Care Managers, and she’s based in Northern Ireland and Ireland.
What’s the biggest challenge in your job? The biggest challange of my job would be changing some peoples attitudes to surgery abroad as some people have heard some bad stories.
What’s the best part of your job? The best part of my job is all of it I’m very much a peoples person and I love talking to all sorts of different people and knowing that I am helping them change their lives is amazing.
What do you think you would have become if not a patient care manager? If I hadn’t become a patient care manager at Secret Surgery I would still be a full time childminder – my own way of helping others and I’m a big kid at heart!
If you were to treat yourself to some surgery, what would you have? I have had weight loss surgery and a tummy tuck. If I could have another surgery it would be a breast uplift as that would be my journey complete – I think thats what makes all the paitent care managers very special at Secret Surgery; we have all been in most people’s shoes so we understand how they feel and we can answer all the questions honestly.
How do you like to relax after a long day? Well I would normally spend it with my two boys as they do keep me busy and once they’re off to bed I like to go on Secret Surgery’s Facebook page as I have met a lovely bunch of people on there! We would have people on there asking questions and it’s nice to be there 7 days a week to support them.
When you’re considering cosmetic surgery of any kind – from the littlest nose job to the biggest gastric bypass – it’s important to remember that keeping your expectations realistic is of top importance. If you walk into surgery expecting something that’s never going to happen, you’re bound to walk out feeling disappointed.
This is why asking the right questions – and keeping your expectations in check – is one of the most important things you can do during your surgery consultation. If you’re going through something like liposuction, ask how much fat will actually be taken from the area you’re looking at, or if you’ve opted for bariatric surgery, ask how quickly – or slowly! – you will lose weight after the op.
Another thing it’s important to remember is that recovery times are just a necessary part of surgery. All operations will have recovery times, and you won’t be the belle of the ball as soon as you wake up – you might still be in pain, or have swellings, and this is normal. Knowing what to expect after surgery will make it much more easy to deal with when you wake up.
Just remember – you’re not doing this by yourself. If you want a better idea of what to expect, ASK your consultant. Read through previous patient stories here, and tell people about your concerns. The only way to find out is to ask – and that’s what we’re here for!
Over the past few weeks we’ve been giving our readers an inside look at the people who make Secret Surgery such a success - our staff! At the end of the day, it’s thanks to them that we have so many happy patients – so why not give them a bit of the spotlight for a while? Today, Hanna Gregorowicz, our Patient Administrator in Wroclaw, is here to share her surgery secrets with us!
What is the biggest challenge in your job? “Helping patients as much as I can, to make them feel safe and comfortable.”
What’s the best part of your job? “Meeting new people everyday, and speaking in English everyday.”
What is your favourite procedure to work with? “My favourite procedure is the tummy tuck, because the final effect is always so visible!”
If you hadn’t become a Patient Administrator, what would you be doing now? “I’d be a stylist or a make-up artist; I really love fashion and modern trends!”
If you were going to treat yourself to some surgery, what would you go for? “Definitely lipo! A little here, a little there… oh, where to stop!”
And what do you do to relax in your free time? “I love playing with my cats, reading books, and, most of all, when I get the chance I like to go Nordic walking!”
At Secret Surgery, we pride ourselves on honesty and great communication; after all, it’s what you ladies really want that matters, right? We know that cold salesmanship isn’t what’s needed in this industry, and we’re here to help you to make the best decisions you can – even if it means that deciding surgery isn’t for you.
That’s why, today, it’s time to debunk some myths about liposuction. Too many people are under the impression that liposuction is something it isn’t: that is, a cheap route to a thin bikini body. Well, here’s the big reveal: hat’s not how it works, and it’s not really what liposuction is for.
Losing weight is hard, and it’s no wonder that people will look for an easy option; nobody ever said it was easy. Unfortunately, liposuction won’t help you to lose a large amount of weight; in fact, there are limits on how much fat can be removed, and it isn’t that much.
So, what is liposuction for? It’s really just the icing on the cake, as it were. Maybe you’re just not that overweight, or maybe you’ve been losing weight for months but you just can’t shift those last few pounds – we can help you to do that. If you want something that will take you from ‘slim’ to ‘streamlined’, liposuction can help. It can also help you to target fatty areas – big bums and thunder thighs – that otherwise just don’t shift with exercise.
What we can’t do is make you lose pounds and pounds. Unfortunately, we need your help with that one.
We’ve got another Secret Surgery Story today, this time coming from a young patient who came to us for a boob job – and a little lipo. Here’s her story.
“I wanted a boob job and a little vaser liposuction, but couldn’t afford the 7-8K I was quoted at Harley Street. So a friend of mine recommended contacting Angela from Secret Surgery after she met her at a conference.”
“I contacted Angela and I’m really glad that I did, it’s totally changed my life for the better. She helped me out so much and she arranges the flights, the apartment, the hospital transfers, and as well as the surgery I even had a wonderful personal assistant in Poland called Aga.”
“Everything was thought about in advance and included. The price was around three grand less and the service was better than I could have ever imagined.”
“I would recommend Secret Surgery to anyone. In fact, I do recommend Angela to everyone that mentions cosmetic surgery. Thank you Angela, and a huge thanks to the wonderful doctor for his treatment. Keep up the wonderful work that you do at Secret Surgery dot co dot UK.”
We’ve all heard of liposuction, the seemingly magical solution to all of our body fat issues. Here at Secret Surgery, we offer lipo for your arms, thighs, and bottoms; those visible and fat-prone areas. These days, liposuction has too many poster girls, and yet the everyday, down-to-earth mum of four doesn’t aspire to look anything like Katie Price. We get that. Liposuction does not have to be drastic. It can simply provide you with a solution to your problems with stubborn fat and flab.
So what’s actually involved in getting liposuction?
Liposuction involves tiny incisions. These feature infusions of a special liquid followed by the insertion of what’s referred to by medical professionals as a cannula to loosen excess fat tissue. All of this enables the fat to be fully removed, leaving you with an improved body contour and a lot less unwanted jiggles. The procedure itself takes just 2-3 hours, and the recovery time is roughly six weeks.
The liposuction timeline:
- At our modern facilities, we require you to stay in the hospital for one or two days following your liposuction procedure.
- For ten days following your procedure, you will be required to wear special and protective clothing around the affected areas.
- For up to three weeks after your liposuction surgery all physical activity is forbidden. Happily, this includes washing, vacuuming and ironing.
- For six weeks after your liposuction surgery, you need to massage the affected area for a full hour every day in order to ensure the best possible recovery, contour and eventual result.
- For six months after your lipo, sunbathing is forbidden, so be sure and schedule your lipo so that you’re back to your best well before the holiday season.
After that, you should be looking good, feeling great and back to your best!
Angela Chouaib MD & Founder of Secret Surgery Ltd states “whatever your reason for having liposuction we are here to help you both medically and support and mentor you through the emotional side of body imperfections too”