Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States as is removes stubborn fat from the body that has proven to be resistant to diet and exercise. A cannula is placed in the targeted area of the body and then the fat cells are permanently removed. In addition, the procedure provides the treated area with a better shape and contour. While it is a popular treatment, you might not know what to expect during the liposuction recovery period. Let’s examine what you need to know about recovering from liposuction surgery by starting with a video about the subject from Cosmetic Town TV;
Some of the most common areas of the body where liposuction is performed include the hips, abdomen, thighs, and butt. The recovery process can be broken down into the immediate recovery period and the long-term recovery period.
The immediate recovery period includes five to seven days after the surgery before you can go back to work. It will also take about four to six weeks before you can start to exercise again. Keep in mind that each patient is different, which means the recovery period depends on the specific liposuction technique that is used and the number of areas that are treated.
The long-term recovery period takes about three months because the swelling needs time to decrease and subside on its own. It can also take about six months for the skin to tighten enough that the results are visible to you as well as to family and friends.
In the first few hours after the surgery, the doctor will place a compression garment on the treated part of the body in order to put pressure on the area. Once the anesthetic that was used during the surgery wears off, there will be some discomfort that can be controlled by medication prescribed by the doctor.
The compression garment helps to reduce swelling and it also accelerates the drainage of large amounts of anesthetic fluid. The garment also reduces any bruising and pain and speeds up the recovery process. It is typically worn for four to six weeks and it also helps the skin adhere to its new contour.
You will need to return to the office of the doctor within the first week to be examined by the surgeon. The swelling will decrease as time passes and the surgeon might massage the treated area in order to move around any fluid that has accumulated in one certain area to the point that it might be causing lumps.
It is also important to walk around so you can get light exercise and keep the blood flowing in order to prevent blood clots.
Any areas of soreness can be iced down once the bandages are removed in order to lessen any amount of discomfort.
During the first seven to ten days of the recovery process, immersion bathing of any kind needs to be avoided as the incisions are not completely closed by this point. Also, do not work out or perform any type of strenuous activities but, as mentioned earlier, do some light walking in order to keep the blood flowing,
Do not start driving or doing household activities such as cleaning or working at a desk, without checking with your doctor. Liposuction is a surgical procedure so be cautious in order to avoid causing any extra discomfort or swelling.
When it comes to having liposuction, keep in mind that these complications might occur:
It is important to watch out for these complications and to contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of them. Whether the complications are small in nature or a larger issue, the surgeon can address them and determine a plan to resolve any of the complications.
It is also important to make sure that your doctor of choice is board-certified and experienced in performing liposuction. The doctor will meet with you during a consultation appointment to examine your body and make sure you are an ideal liposuction patient. In addition, the surgeon will take the time to discuss your desired results and let you know if the results you have in mind are realistic in nature.
Once the recovery process is complete, the results of liposuction are permanent. There can still be an accumulation of stubborn, hard to remove fat elsewhere on the body that might need to be treated using liposuction at some point in the future. However, the results gained in the area treated by the surgeon will be permanent. You should also know that liposuction is not a weight loss treatment, and the procedure should not be performed in order to try and lose weight in the area of the body where the stubborn fat is located.