Not Investing in Post Op Care
If you’re not ready to invest in post op care then you’re not ready to have surgery. It is important to set up your post op care PRIOR to your procedure.
- There’s nothing worse than having to search for someone while you’re recovering.
- A good post op care provider is able to identify any abnormalities and direct you to proper treatment.
- Post op care can run you anywhere between an additional $500-$2,000. It is important to have extra money saved for any unexpected issues.
Adding Too Much Compression Way Too Soon
We always hear the phrase, “compression is key.” But how much compression is too much? Think of your post op journey in stages. To move on to the next stage, you must first successfully complete the previous one.
- That is why you start off in a Stage 1 garment and progressively move on to a Stage 2. Surgery is already stressful/traumatizing on the body.
- While your body is healing, it is not wise to rush the natural process and overload yourself by adding waist trainers, compression bandages etc. especially after aggressive procedures like liposuction.
- Our skin is the largest organ in the body & it needs time to heal. Too much compression too soon can result in burns and necrosis.
- Take it one step at a time & listen to your body. Just because you saw someone else wearing a xxs compression garment, foams, boards, waist trainer, and ace bandages does not mean you’re at that stage yet. A garment that is too tight is just as bad as a garment that is loose.
Having a Poor Diet
There is a misconception after liposuction that you won’t gain back any weight and are free to eat as you please. This is a myth! Not only will you gain weight, but it will show up on other parts of your body (face, arms, breast).
- Try to limit or avoid alcohol during the recovery process. It will cause a substantial amount of swelling.
- To maintain your results after a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), you should feed the fat. However, be sure to consume healthy fats.
- Your lifestyle choices (DIET & EXERCISE) will ultimately affect your post op results.
Going Against Doctor’s Orders
- Your doctor told you to stop smoking at least 8 weeks prior to surgery yet you still smoke occasionally…
- You were instructed to take all prescribed medications, but you didn’t want to pay an additional cost, so you decided to skip them…
I can’t stress how important it is to follow all your doctor’s instructions. There may be underlying issues why your physician is giving you specific orders.
Comparing Your Results
I wouldn’t really call this a mistake, just be mindful. After your procedure you may go through a roller coaster of emotions known as the “Post Op Blues.” This period is filled with ups and downs.
- Being uncertain about your new look and how others may perceive you is normal. You may regret ever having surgery or even compare your results to others.Try your best to focus on your journey to a healthy recovery.
- Be patient, your body needs time to heal. It takes at least 6 weeks for the swelling to subside and a full 3 months before you see the true outcome.
If you have experienced any bumps along your journey don’t let it consume you. Get back up & keep it moving. It is not uncommon for people to have 2 or 3 rounds to achieve their desired look. If you decide you will need another round wait at least 6 months to a year in between procedures.
Please remember that all surgery, no matter where you decide to go comes with potential risks. Perhaps you don’t even need another round. Maintaining a good workout plan and a healthy lifestyle will ultimately determine your final results.