The Post Surgical Don’ts of Neck Liposuction
Neck liposuction is really easy to get through as long as patients listen and follow their cosmetic surgeon’s instructions
- Keeping in mind that the body is still
recovering from an operation, neck
liposuction patients will certainly
experience a few restrictions with regard to their daily routines and
activities. One important step to follow
is to never wet the sutures, butterflies/steri-strips, or stitches because if
they do, it increases the chances of infection. If they do get wet, immediately
dry the area with a towel or cloth and make sure all moisture has been
absorbed. Never use cotton wool or anything similar to that since it leaves
fibers behind that may further irritate the wound. It is advisable to clean the
sutures with peroxide followed by the application of an antibiotic ointment.
There are not restrictions for showering as long as the sutures are kept dry.
- One less thing that neck liposuction patients do not have to worry about is having to
follow a strict food diet. However, it
is imperative to always stay hydrated because the body loses a lot of fluids
during the operation. Patients may eat whatever they want so long as they
gradually adjust their diets from the initial all-liquids (milk shakes with
beverage-type meals, fruit juices, and other nutritional fluids) to soft foods
(oatmeal, pasta, pudding, mashed potatoes, etc.) then over to solid foods as
long as they can tolerate it. Always remember to continually hydrate and
replenish the body’s fluids.
- Smokers are also directed to refrain from
lighting a cigarette a couple of weeks prior and following a neck liposuction since tobacco abuse is
known to slow down the healing process. Regarding the immediate periods following
surgery, patients are advised to have a companion escort them home and stay by
their side for the initial period as he or she may still be experiencing the
after effects of sedation or anesthetics. It is advisable to have a responsible adult to
watch over the outpatient or especially because full recovery is not concluded
within the hospital or clinic.
- Another crucial and major “don’t” is
engaging in any strenuous physical activity particularly the first few weeks or
month after neck liposuction. Bending, lifting, or any action that strains the
neck is absolutely prohibited. If picking up something from the ground is required,
bend from the knees and don’t drop your head lower than your shoulders. Again,
never put any tension or stress to the neck area. When sleeping, make sure the
head is slightly elevated. If not, use a couple or so pillows to prop your head
up for at least one week. Disrupted sleep will be normal in the first few weeks
but will diminish as the healing process progresses.
really easy to get through as long as patients listen and follow their cosmetic
surgeon’s instructions. In this way, any accidental wounding of the neck,
infections, complications, and other risks and dangers associated with this
procedure may be prevented. It would be best for patients to lead a healthier
lifestyle during the recovery process as this may speed up healing process.
Furthermore, it is important to observe and listen to your body when going on
with usual daily routines so as to monitor your speed of recovery. Being aware
of its limitations will greatly enhance the success of the operation.