Your Guide to HD Lipo Recovery and Aftercare
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At his state-of-the-art medical practice in Beverly Hills, board-certified dermatologist and facial and body sculpting expert Dr. Jason Emer provides an elite, comprehensive body contouring procedure called HD liposculpture. This procedure can eliminate even the most stubborn problem areas and sculpt incredible, athletic contours for a total body transformation.
Along with providing exceptional, full body results, Dr. Emer provides extensive HD lipo aftercare support that is just as customized as your HD lipo procedure. Proper aftercare is key to optimal healing and achieving the best HD lipo results possible.
What to Know about HD Lipo Recovery
After any transformative body procedure, especially one as comprehensive as Hi-Definition liposculpture, aftercare is crucial for optimal recovery. Dr. Emer has developed advanced HD lipo aftercare protocols that support the body’s healing process and ensure smooth contours and aesthetic definition.
HD lipo requires one to three weeks of downtime, and you can expect swelling, tenderness, and bruising around the treatment sites after your procedure. Dr. Emer will provide medications and recommendations as needed to ease any discomfort.
Tenderness will subside before swelling dissipates, which can take several weeks. It may take six to twelve months to enjoy your final outcome, but there are many ways you can work with your body to support healing and maximize improvements.
HD Lipo Aftercare Essentials
Making time for recovery is an essential component of aftercare following an extensive procedure like HD liposculpture. Immediate post-operative aftercare with compression garments, lymphatic massage, intravenous (IV) therapy, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is essential to reduce the risk of post-surgical complications and improve your overall cosmetic outcome.
Compression Garments for HD Lipo Aftercare
After HD lipo, Dr. Emer recommends that his patients wear a customized double compression garment. This special compression garment includes a foam layer with a full-body suit on top.
Compression garments should be worn 24 hours per day for three to six weeks. For the next three to six months, compression garments should be worn at night.
Compression garments assist with swelling reduction, reduce bruising, prevent seromas and hematomas (which can cause scarring and infection), and help the skin adopt a proper shape post-surgery.
To ensure your comfort, Dr. advises his patients to shower daily and wear a white, soft cotton T-shirt underneath the compression garments. Garments can cause allergic reactions in some individuals, so Dr. Emer asks that his patients notify him if they experience any irritation.
In some instances, after one or two weeks, Dr. Emer will recommend the use of a waist trainer. Waist trainers can help to further improve tightening of the abdomen and back following procedures performed in those areas.
Lymphatic Massage for the Best HD Lipo Results
Following Hi-Definition liposculpture, the body can be quite swollen and bruised. To achieve a “Hi-Definition” tight and sculpted look, this swelling must be resolved and the tissue must heal.
One of the most important aftercare treatments after Hi-Definition liposculpture is lymphatic massage. Lymphatic massage prevents scar tissue formation and helps ensure a smooth final result. Performed by a specially trained masseuse, lymphatic massage:
Allows the fluid in your body to move superficially through the skin and out through the drainage tubes.
Removes toxins and fluid safely and expeditiously to ensure that the tissue does not become inflamed.
Reduces the natural swelling following:
- Hi-Definition liposculpture and body contouring procedures.
- Decreases the chance of irregularities, lumps, or bumps.
- Helps prevent fluid buildup (seroma), irritation, infection, and scar tissue.
- Manipulates the lymph nodes to increase full-body circulation.
- Helps the skin tighten and conform to the new body shape and sculpted musculature.
- Further contours and tightens the areas treated.
- Accelerates recovery and minimizes downtime.
Dr. Emer recommends that his patients receive lymphatic massage treatments every day for the first seven to ten days after traditional HD lipo procedures. If your procedure involved surgical skin removal, body lifts, or implants, lymphatic massage is advised for the first 10 to 14 days after the surgery. Patients should then have a lymphatic massage twice per week for the following month, followed by weekly lymphatic massages until healing is complete.
IV Therapy for the Best HD Lipo Results
Intravenous or IV therapy should be administered one day before surgery and one to three days following the procedure. IV therapy can help restore necessary hydration, fluids, vitamins, and minerals lost during surgery.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for HD Lipo Aftercare
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (or HBOT) promotes oxygen flow in the body, improves oxygenation of blood cells, prevents necrosis (skin damage), decreases the risk of nerve injury, and rapidly reduces bruising and swelling. HBOT should be performed every day for seven to 14 days following your procedure.
Exercise and Diet for Best HD Lipo Results
An active lifestyle and consistently eating a healthy diet are necessary to achieve life-altering results with a 360 HD liposculpture procedure. A proper diet and fitness regimen will also help you maintain your new, enhanced contours for years to come.
Within three to four weeks after an HD lipo procedure, Dr. Emer advises his patients to resume exercise slowly and with caution. Based on your healing progress, Dr. Emer will provide guidance regarding safe levels of exercise intensity for you throughout your recovery. Regular workouts will help reduce swelling and minimize irregularities. Exercise also helps the skin to tighten and take form.
HD Lipo Recovery: Should I Visit an Aftercare Facility?
Following HD lipo surgery, many patients visit an aftercare facility with trained medical staff who are well-versed in Dr. Emer’s transformative body contouring procedures. In that setting, our patients receive personalized care, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and lymphatic massage for up to two weeks depending on the extent of surgery.
During your time at the aftercare facility, photos and reports are submitted to Dr. Emer on a daily basis. Our professionals also closely monitor your progress to ensure your safety and overall improvement.
The Dr. Emer Difference
How Does Dr. Emer Do HD Lipo Aftercare Differently?
A pioneer in customized combination approaches to obtain optimal outcomes, Dr. Emer provides personalized aftercare protocols for each HD lipo patient. The foundation of these aftercare protocols is often frequent treatments with radiofrequency devices and vibration/shockwave treatments.
To best support the healing process and ensure smooth contours, Dr. Emer advises that his patients have radiofrequency (RF) and vibration/shockwave treatments twice per week for one month. Treatments should then be scheduled once per week for the following month and once or twice per month indefinitely.
These customized, combination protocols typically pair RF technologies like Venus Legacy, Vanquish, Exilis Ultra, or InMode Forma/Contoura with a vibration/shockwave therapy like ZWave, Cellutone, or EVIVE. Combining RF and vibration/shockwave therapy can limit complications such as fluid buildup (seroma) or blood buildup (hematoma); decrease the risk of scar tissue formation (fibrosis); and improve the ultimate outcome of the Hi-Definition liposculpture procedure.
In addition to supporting the healing process, Dr. Emer’s 360 HD lipo aftercare protocols focus on further enhancing the fat reduction, skin tightening, and contouring effects of HD lipo. Your personalized aftercare protocol will involve a unique combination of non-surgical treatments to best address your treatment goals:
Cutera truSculpt iD, BTL Vanquish, and Coolsculpting can help provide further fat removal and skin tightening.
Vibration or shockwave therapy with BTL Cellutone, EVIVE, and Zimmer ZWave can help smooth the skin, remove scar tissue, decrease swelling, and improve the skin’s overall final appearance.
InMode Forma/Contoura, BTL Exilis Ultra and Venus Legacy can assist with skin tightening and help decrease swelling and scar tissue formation.
VEC (Venus Legacy + Exilis Ultra + Cellutone) or VVZ (Venus Legacy + Vanquish + ZWave) can work in combination to accelerate the post-procedure healing process.
InMode BodyFX is a non-surgical radiofrequency and vacuum device that lifts up the tissue to allow for deeper penetration of the RF energy. Aside from additional skin tightening, BodyFX can help further reduce fat, resolve post-operative swelling, enhance skin texture, and improve the appearance of cellulite.
Kybella injections can be used to further enhance definition and address any remaining, small pocket areas of fat.
HD Lipo Recovery and Aftercare: Additional Tips
Along with following your customized aftercare protocol, there are a few other ways to optimize your recovery from HD lipo. With proper preparation, patience, rest, and the support of Dr. Emer and his caring, knowledgeable staff, you will be thrilled with your final HD lipo outcome.
The first step to effective aftercare and achieving optimal outcomes takes place before your HD lipo procedure. Dr. Emer and his team can help you plan ahead to allow for the relaxing downtime your body will need after treatment.
After scheduling your Hi-Definition liposculpture procedure, our surgical coordinator reviews all pre-operation, day-of-surgery, and postoperative protocols with you. This is a great time to ask any questions you might have and ensure that you are comfortable with and prepared for all phases of the HD lipo process.
Once your procedure is scheduled, you will want to make transportation arrangements with a family member or friend for after your treatment and to provide childcare or assistance with household tasks as needed in the initial days after your procedure.
Patience is crucial during your HD lipo recovery. 360 HD lipo is a whole body enhancement treatment that often involves invasive procedures. It will take several weeks for your body to heal and for your tissues to adapt to their new shape and position. While it is normal to feel impatient at times as you anticipate your final outcome, trust your body’s natural healing process and know that the wait will be worth it!
Many HD lipo patients are highly active, athletic individuals who are not used to downtime or spending their days in bed or on the couch. However, rest is essential in the first weeks after your HD lipo procedure. Dr. Emer will let you know when it is advisable to resume increased activities.
The final component of optimal recovery from 360 HD lipo with Dr. Emer is taking advantage of his expertise when it comes to supporting your recovery with the right combination of treatments and personalized guidance. Remember that Dr. Emer and his caring staff are here to help you through each phase of your recovery and are happy to answer your questions and address any concerns as your body adjusts to its new, enhanced shape.
Contact Our Office to Learn More about HD Lipo
If you are interested in learning more about how Dr. Emer’s elite 360 HD lipo treatment can help you transform your body and how to get the best outcome from treatment, contact our West Hollywood office to schedule a consultation. In your consultation, Dr. Emer will thoroughly assess your cosmetic concerns and formulate the safest and most effective treatment plan for your unique goals.