After performing liposuction, you must review your patient’s next steps to recovery, including how much rest is needed before they resume their normal life. Remember to consult with the patient regarding the risks and what to expect post-operation before you schedule the surgery.
From before the surgery to the weeks after, here are three ways an aesthetician can prepare patients for the recovery period post-liposuction surgery.
Have Arrangements Made Beforehand
It’s important to insist that your patients secure a ride from the hospital to their homes. Make sure they understand that while they can leave the hospital the same day as their procedure, the patient shouldn’t drive. Someone they trust, whether a family member, friend, or professional car service, must drive them home. The designated driver’s contact information should be given to hospital staff before you begin the procedure to ensure a smooth transition from hospital to home. Having this sorted out before the day of their treatment is vital because, without proper planning, the patient may have a difficult time recovering.
Go Over a Recovery Timeline
By conveying realistic outcomes about post-surgery life, a patient can better understand how their body must heal over time. Preparing a recovery timeline for your patients is a good way to help them visualize their recovery process. The timeline should include what to prepare when they return home, how to use any medical supplies provided, how long recovery may take, and what the patient can and can’t do while recovering.
Discuss What Patients Can Do After Surgery (and What They Can’t)
During the patient’s consultation process, you should emphasize that there are prohibited activities post-surgery and, once they leave the hospital, the instructions provided should be followed. During the first weeks, the patient should wear compression garments, which can restrict movement, and should be prepared to clean drainage from the injection. For a successful recovery, they should take time off work and rest as much as possible. They may need help moving around the house and should consider asking friends or family to help with day-to-day tasks. Patients must know that pain and healing are normal parts of the process. You should prescribe them pain-management pills with instructions to be followed.
After two weeks, the patient might be ready to exercise and resume normal activities, though the recovery process differs for everyone. If the pain and soreness have lessened, they can remove the compression garment to see the result of the procedure. Encouraging patience and adherence to guidelines will help them see the best results.
AAAMS Liposuction Training
If you are a practitioner interested in performing liposuction injections, AAAMS offers aesthetic courses such as Advanced Liposuction Training for doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and dentists who want to transition into the aesthetics field. In this course, you will learn the history of liposuction and techniques for performing the procedure, and you’ll have the opportunity for hands-on practice with real patients. AAAMS has supported many aesthetic professionals on the path to achieving their career goals and is ready to help you with yours. Enroll today!