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Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes localized areas of fat. Liposuction can be done in many areas, including the chin, upper arms, abdomen, love handle or flank areas, chest, upper back, lower back, outer thighs, inner thighs, and several others. Swelling will occur after surgery, and the amount of swelling that occurs is dependent on where you have liposuction and how much fat is removed. Here are some ways to hide your liposuction procedure from your co-workers or others.

Since liposuction causes swelling, any technique that reduces swelling will help you heal faster, move more naturally, and camouflage the fact that you had liposuction. This can be achieved by icing the areas of liposuction. Ice bags, frozen bags of vegetables, and reusable ice packs all help to reduce pain and swelling. Icing helps the most right after your procedure, but can still help several days after surgery.

Elevating your limb above heart level also reduces swelling. This applies to your arms and legs. Although difficult to have your legs elevated above your heart level at all times, if you are in bed, it helps to put a pillow under your knee to help reduce swelling.

Taking anti-inflammatories may help with liposuction swelling. Although slightly controversial, homeopathic chemicals, such as arnica or echinacea may help with reduction of swelling with your liposuction procedure.

Moving around and walking helps to reduce swelling after your procedure. This activity will help mobilize fluid in your body, and help reduce swelling as well. You may have to go to the bathroom more as well, so it’s important to drink plenty of fluids after your procedure.

You will probably be required to wear a compression garment after your liposuction procedure, so wearing bulky clothing after your operation will help with hiding your swelling. Sweat pants, a sweat jacket, and even a sweater will help with hiding your swelling.

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