Did you know that liposuction is the second most sought after cosmetic procedure in the United States? As long as you get your surgery done by a board-certified surgeon, liposuction is considered rather safe. Despite that fact, it is still major surgery, and there are post-surgery steps that need to be followed for a smooth and quick recovery.
What to Expect
Typically, liposuction is an outpatient surgery, meaning you can go home on the day of your operation. One exception to this is if you are getting a lot of fat removed, you might have to stay overnight in the hospital. It is important to make sure you have someone drive you home after surgery. You won’t be able to drive because you might feel the side effects of anesthesia, feel the side effects of the pain medication, or be in too much pain.
The First Few Weeks After Liposuction
During the first few weeks after your liposuction procedure, you can anticipate that you will have some discomfort. Make sure to follow the schedule your doctor gave you concerning the pain medication. The pain medicine will help your discomfort to become more tolerable. Also, your doctor may have given you antibiotics to prevent infection. Make sure to take them.
For the next month or so, you will have to wear a compression garment. This garment will help reduce swelling and help maintain your new shape.
It is important to minimize any activity for the next few days.
You also may go home with drains at the incision site. These drains help reduce fluid build-up. If there is fluid around the incisions, they will heal slower. Your doctor will tell you how to take care of the drains and how long you will need them.
After a few weeks, your discomfort will start to subside compared to the first few days. Many people return to work after the first or second week; however, if your job is strenuous, you should wait longer to return.
The One Month Mark and Later
You may still have some swelling, but your pain should be gone. Most patients can begin to perform light exercises. You will even start to see results from the procedure. These are not your final results; it sometimes takes months for the swelling to go down.
At week 6, you can finally take your compression garment off. You should also be able to see the full results of your liposuction, although keep in mind that some people stay swollen for longer compared to others. You can also go back to doing difficult activities unless your doctor tells you not to.
During recovery and to maintain your new body, it is important to eat well, stay hydrated, and stay well-rested.
If you are interested in having liposuction or have more questions, contact CalvertHealth Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Our surgeon, Dr. Wilfred R. Ehrmantraut, Jr., is board-certified and has over twenty years of experience. Through a thorough consultation, he will be able to determine if liposuction is right for you and answer any questions you may have.