Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery technique developed by cosmetic surgeons to remove stubborn fat deposits that don’t respond to dieting and exercise. These fatty bulges are most commonly found in the thighs, hips, abdomen, buttocks, knees, ankles, calves and arms. They are also found in the facial areas such as the chin, cheeks, jowls and neck. Liposuction can be performed alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures such as a tummy tuck , facelift or chin augmentation to achieve the desired result.
Most patients are mobile immediately after liposuction, although an extra day or two of bed rest may be needed when large amounts of fat are removed. Keep in mind that healing is a gradual process. The swelling can last four to six weeks, while complete healing from the liposuction surgery takes about three months. Dr, Wright advocates lymphatic massage following liposuction as an excellent way to decrease the amount of swelling. Lymphatic massage stimulates lymph flow to more rapidly remove fluid, proteins, and toxins from around the cells back into the bloodstream. The end result is less bruising and less edema to help speed the liposuction recovery process. It is normal to have some numbness in the areas that liposuction took place as the superficial nerves became disrupted. This is temporary, but may take a full year to become normal again. We recommend activity as soon as possible after surgery. The incisions are incredibly small and don’t take long to heal. Bruising is common but heals quickly.
Patients are required to wear a compression garment (a girdle like garment that is worn under normal clothing) for 6 weeks. This helps minimize swelling and contour deformities.
The New You
Remember, liposuction is a surgical procedure, and your body has to heal before you see the full benefits. Your results will likely be visible within two or three weeks, but the full effect may not be fully evident for six months to a year after surgery in some cases.
You should maintain a balanced diet and exercise regularly to fully enjoy the new you for years to come. Many patients find that their liposuction is such a psychological boost that it gives them the incentive to exercise even more than before to improve other parts of their physique. With realistic expectations, most patients are pleased with the improvements from their liposuction procedure. The goal is for you to be more comfortable with your body and happy with your new shape.