One of the best things about Smartlipo, is the fact that virtually everyone goes back to work the next day (nothing is 100% but almost 95% of my patients do). You may drain some fluid overnight but this almost always stops the next morning. You can shower the next morning, put on your compression garment and then drive to work.
How will you feel? This will vary from person to person. The most frequent things I hear are: “sore”, “not too bad”, “I feel a bit beaten up” or “I feel like I had a crazy hard workout at the gym yesterday.” These are all quite normal responses and as you can expect the comments will vary from person to person.
I think you will bounce back much quicker from this procedure (and almost every procedure that I do) if you get up moving immediately. It is also good to do gentle stretches from the beginning. There is no reason why you should not have a full range of motion. Everything in life is a balance. I want you up moving and walking and going up and downstairs and walking the dog etc. But I also want you to take a bit of extra time to rest up. Any procedure will wear you out somewhat and it is important to give your body a bit of extra rest time. I don’t want you working out for 5 days. However, after 5 days, you can go at it hard, if you feel up to it. Some of my patients will and others will take it somewhat easier for 10 days or so.
I am a great believer in vitamin and supplements. I particularly like the DFH products which you can find as a link on my web site. It is probably a good idea to stop any weird supplements and herbs and megadose vitamins a week before surgery. I think you can resume them a day or two after Smartlipo.
You will generally feel better if you wear any type of compression garment for 5 full days (except, of course, in the shower) and most people will want to wear it much longer when you exercise.
I am always available for questions in the post op period. I give all of my patients my cell phone number after surgery and they are encouraged to text me if they have any concerns.