Pre & Post Care - Smartlipo™ | Hartford | Avon CT


Strict adherence to the Pre-Procedure Instructions is critical to a safe and successful treatment.

  1. No smoking two weeks before and two weeks after your procedure. Smoking decreases circulation and slows your healing.
  2. Do not take vitamins containing Vitamin E (over 800u), Fish Oil/Omega 3, Aspirin, Excedrin, Ibuprofen (Advil & Motrin), Naproxen (Aleve) for two weeks before and two weeks following your procedure. Taking these medications increases your risks for bleeding and bruising.
  3. Do not drink alcoholic beverages five days before or five days following your procedure. Alcohol decreases your immune system and increases the risk of bruising. Do not drink caffeinated beverages the day of your procedure.
  4. It is recommended that you eat a medium size meal the day of your procedure. Do not come on an empty stomach as this can increase the likelihood of nausea.
  5. You will be given a prescription for an antibiotic. Please remember to start taking the antibiotic 24 hours prior to your procedure. Make sure to take the antibiotic as prescribed: Four times per day every day until all medication is gone.
  6. Wash with Anti-Bacterial Soap the day before and the day of your procedure.
  7. Wear loose fitting, dark colored clothes the day of your procedure. Old sweatshirts and sweatpants are recommended because of the drainage after your procedure.
  8. Please do not wear jewelry.
  9. You will NOT be allowed to drive yourself home after the procedure. Please arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up after your procedure, expect to be in the office 3-6 hours.
  10. Please have all the supplies you will need to take care of your dressing changes already at home before your procedure. A separate supplies list is provided.
  11. The procedure itself is relatively pain free. During the procedure you may experience some stinging, burning, or feelings of pressure.


The following are important instructions as well as a description of what to expect after your SmartLipo procedure. Patients may experience some, none or all of the following:

Days 1-2
  1. Do not attempt to unzip or remove your pressure garment while standing up as this may result in light-headedness or fainting.
  2. You may experience mild fatigue after your procedure.
  3. Begin light cardio exercise (i.e. walking) and core exercises immediately. Avoid strenuous activities including lifting anything over 5 lbs for two weeks.
  4. Most patients experience minimal discomfort. If you do, you may take acetaminophen (Tylenol). Do not take ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve). If you are experiencing significant discomfort, please contact us.
  5. Your post-procedure pressure garment should be worn at all times for the first two weeks except for dressing changes and during all waking hours for an additional four weeks.
  6. No bathtubs, hot tubs, or swimming are allowed for two weeks.
  7. Bathing during the two days after the procedure should be done by sponge only. Avoid letting the water soak into or penetrate your incisions.
  8. If you experience nausea, you may take over-the-counter medications such as Pepcid or Zantac as directed.
  9. Begin taking your prescription antibiotics starting the day before your procedure, continuing the day of your procedure and after the procedure as prescribed until the prescription is completed.
  10. Eat a healthy low fat diet and be sure to drink at least 64 ounces of water daily.
  11. Drainage from the incision sites may be considerable the first two days, this is normal. The drainage may be pink or blood tinged. This too is normal and not a cause for concern.
  12. You may wish to sleep on towels or absorbent pads the first night after your procedure to protect your bedding from drainage.
  13. Always wash your hands before and after dressing changes. Do not put any creams or lotions over the incision sites unless instructed to do so.
  14. You may return to work at your discretion. Most patients are able to return to work the next day.
Days 3-7
  1. We will schedule your first follow-up appointment on or around the 5th day after your procedure.
  2. No bath tubs, hot tubs, or swimming are allowed for two weeks.
  3. You may resume showering on Day 3. Avoid direct shower pressure on the incisions. You may cover the incisions with waterproof band-aids. Remove them immediately after.
  4. Typically drainage starts to taper off immediately and is complete within 2-3 days. Some patients notice an increase in drainage as they increase their activity.
  5. The small incisions should be closed or starting to close.
  6. Walking is an excellent non-strenuous activity that helps to promote the resolution of bruising, swelling, soreness, and drainage.
  7. Continue to drink at least 64 ounces of water daily.
  8. Continue taking the antibiotics as directed until the prescription is completed.
Days 8-14
  1. We will schedule your second follow-up visit about two weeks after your procedure.
  2. Most if not all of your incisions should be closed.
  3. Continue to wear your pressure garment for a total of six weeks after your procedure.