How to smooth out your stomach after liposuction

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Dr. Jude LaBarbera, MD Plastic Surgeon


How to smooth out your stomach after liposuction

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to remove excess fat from specific areas of the body. It is usually performed on areas such as the abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, and arms. Liposuction is often used to treat stubborn fat deposits that cannot be removed with diet and exercise, giving individuals a slimmer, more contoured shape. As with any surgical procedure, there is a chance of side effects after liposuction. These can include swelling, bruising, numbness, pain, infection, and temporary skin discoloration. In this article, we are going to focus on key tips to smooth out your stomach and nurse you back to health after liposuction

1. Wear a compression garment

Compression garments help to reduce swelling, minimize bruising, and assist with maintaining the newly contoured shape of your liposuction results. Compression garments also help to reduce discomfort, as well as encourage lymphatic drainage to reduce any postoperative fluid accumulation. Compression garments should be worn for four to six weeks after liposuction to help smooth out your stomach and provide the best possible outcome. Compression garments should be snug but not too tight and should be worn day and night to ensure the proper amount of compression is applied

2. Stay hydrated

Hydrating helps to flush out toxins and helps to reduce inflammation and swelling. It also helps to reduce the risk of infection and helps the body to heal faster. Drinking plenty of fluids is essential to help the body recover and smooth out the stomach after liposuction. Drinking plenty of water, herbal teas, and other fluids helps to prevent dehydration and replenish lost fluids. Additionally, eating foods that are high in water content, such as fruits and vegetables, can help to keep the body hydrated and help the stomach to recover faster.

3. Adequate rest

During the recovery process, you should avoid strenuous activities, such as running or lifting heavy objects, as they can disrupt the healing process. It is also important to get enough sleep and rest, as it will help your body to heal and reduce inflammation. Additionally, it can help to reduce swelling and bruising, which will help to improve the overall appearance of your stomach. Also, adequate rest will help to reduce the risk of infection, which can be a major complication after surgery. Once your body has healed, begin to incorporate light physical activity like walking or yoga into your routine as this will help to improve circulation and reduce the appearance of any residual lumps or bumps

4. Eat a balanced diet

Eating a balanced diet can help promote healing and recovery, as well as reduce inflammation and swelling. Eating a balanced diet will also help with maintaining your weight, which is important for liposuction results. It is important to include plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats in your diet. Eating healthy meals and snacks will help keep your body nourished and provide it with the nutrients it needs to recover.

5. Good skincare routine

Incorporating a good skincare routine is a great way to help smooth out your stomach after liposuction. This should include gentle cleansing, exfoliation, and moisturizing on a regular basis. Cleansing should be done once or twice a day using a gentle, non-irritating cleanser that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils. Exfoliation can be done once or twice a week to help slough off dead skin cells and stimulate collagen and elastin production, which helps to improve skin texture and elasticity. Moisturizing should be done as soon as you get out of the shower to help trap in moisture and nourish the skin. Choose a moisturizer that is specifically formulated for post-liposuction skin care. Be sure to wear sunscreen every day to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays.

6. Massage

Massage can help reduce swelling, bruising, and pain in the area. It can also help improve circulation and reduce the likelihood of scarring, break up scar tissue, and can help to improve the overall appearance of the stomach. When done correctly, massage can help to reduce the appearance of dimples and indentations caused by liposuction.


Liposuction can be a great way to contour your body, but it is important to take the proper precautions following the procedure to ensure the best possible outcome. It is essential to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions and take proper care of your body to minimize swelling and improve the healing process.