How to speed your recovery after having liposuction.

June 18, 2020

Hello to all my readers, this time I will share a story from one of my last year’s patients, a lady from Santa Barbara, California who came to Costa Rica for the second time, this time to get a breast reduction done.   She told me in our interview something very interesting related to her first surgery which was liposuction of the abdomen, waist and hips and how well and fast she recovered because she followed up her surgery with lymphatic drainage of her abdomen.

The first thing she said was “ you don’t walk out of the doctor’s office afterward looking thinner; your body now has to work to break down those destroyed cells and filter them through the lymphatic system, which sends them to the liver and kidneys, and ultimately eliminates them through urine and bowel movements”

“The excretion of fat cells starts right away but can last as long as six months.  I saw a significant change in three weeks, but the maximal results were at the three to six months mark.”

Now what is the difference between a person who sees progress within a few weeks versus a person who sees it much later? The lymphatic system!  The smoother things are running internally, the better your circulation and therefore the quicker you will flush out those dead cells.

Your movement is directly related to helping the lymphatic fluid work its way through the tissues to clear out possible bacteria, viruses, dead cells, and other toxins. And by movement, I don’t mean you have to train for a marathon or anything like that, it is just simply incorporating breathing techniques and gentle massage into your daily routine.


Most plastic surgeons agree that drinking water is one of the best things you can do after a body contouring procedure in order to get the lymphatic drainage system moving.  This is because drinking more water leads to more frequent trips to the bathroom—which is how those fat cells get flushed out. Forget about detox teas, diuretics, and laxatives though. This may cause dehydration.  Water is perfect!


She continued, “Two foods that REALLY helped me out with the speeding up of the lymphatic system were citrus fruits, which are high in vitamin C and support the liver, and berries, whose antioxidants are known to help clear toxic accumulation. “


Obviously, exercise is important to increase and maintain fat reduction and to improve general health, but it also supports the lymphatic system by raising your heart rate and increasing blood flow. “Anything that involves exercise and increases in blood flow will allow for a healthy movement of blood circulation, which leads to lymphatic drainage”, she said.

Lymphatic massage

Lymphatic massage is a slow and gentle form of massage to release tension and inflammation from the muscles.  It can potentially increase blood flow circulation as well as lymphatic drainage.   Most masseuses are well-trained in lymphatic massage therapy.


Deep breathing acts like a pump that helps move fluid through the vessels and lymph nodes.  Since many lymph nodes are located in your neck, you can stimulate those with deep and slow breaths”

At the end, my friend said “all of this helped so much to speed up my recovery process and get the swelling down like you’d never believe!  I saw a big difference in just one month”

If you want to research more about liposuction and prices in Costa Rica, here at some useful links:

Abdomen, Waist and Hips Liposuction


If you also want a nice place to stay in Costa Rica while you recover:


I hope this article is useful to anybody who is ready to have liposuction or liposculpture.

In upcoming blogs, I will give you more tips and advice about health and happiness when planning medical procedures.

As always, my blogs are not intended to give medical advice.  Please be sure to see your doctor for advice and any exams needed for the procedures you want.

Picture of a tummy tuck patient showing the results of her Abdominoplasty she had in Costa Rica.
Picture of a tummy tuck patient showing the results of her Abdominoplasty she had in Costa Rica.

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