Once your procedure
is completed, a compression garment or elastic bandages
may cover treatment areas. These assist to control swelling
and compress the skin to your new body contours. In addition,
small temporary drains may be placed in existing incisions
beneath the skin to remove any excess fluid. Before y
ou are released following surgery, you and an accompanying
family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific
instructions that may include:
- How to care for
- Medications to apply or take orally to
aid healing and reduce the potential for infection.
concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your
- When to follow up with your plastic surgeon.
Initial healing will include swelling,
numbness, soreness, bruising, and discomfort that can be
controlled with medication. These are common conditions.
Your plastic surgeon will provide specific
postoperative instructions based on the technique and extent
of your procedure. These will include instructions on the
use of any compression garments, expected return to activity
and appropriate care of incisions. Follow all instructions
carefully-this is essential to the success of your outcome.
In general, a return to light, normal activity is possible
as soon as you feel ready and is encouraged to prevent
blood clots and other complications.
Initial wound healing may take from
5 to 10 days, at which time any sutures will be removed
if necessary. Healing will continue for several weeks as
swelling continues to dissipate. Incisions lines will improve
over time. Continue to follow your plastic surgeon's instructions
and attend follow-up visits as scheduled. You will be encouraged
to control your weight, as significant weight gain can
reverse your results.
Results and Outlook
It may take several months for swelling
to fullly dissipate. As it does, your new contours and
enhanced self-image should continue to develop.
The fulfillment you feel from the initial
results of liposuction should continue so long as you maintain
your weight and practice a healthy lifestyle that includes
eating well and regular physical activity. Following liposuction,
your slimmer and better-proportioned body should more accurately
reflect the healthy and active life you lead.