Do you have stubborn fat deposits that refuse to respond to conventional methods of weight loss? You are not alone—millions of Americans are on the same boat as you. Liposuction is one of the most popular procedures performed in the United States annually. Those who have a tendency to store fat in unwanted areas of the body (e.g. abdomen, thighs, etc) can look to liposuction to permanently remove it. Despite traditional attempts for a more balanced body contour, liposuction (sometimes) may be an option in order to sculpt certain areas of the body. As you prepare for your liposuction surgery, uncertainty and many questions may arise. You may be nervous, excited, or all of the above. Below are some of the things that you can expect post-op.
Once the surgery is over, you may feel some grogginess and some discomfort—all of which is normal. Prior to your surgery, arrange for someone to take you to and from the place of surgery. In addition, ensure that you have a caretaker to look after you in the first 24 hours post-surgery.
There are some common side effects after your liposuction, some of which are relatively normal. Temporary contour imperfections, for instance, may occur such as lumps or dents in the skin in the area where fat was removed. Contour irregularities are normal and occur as the remaining fat in the treated area settles into position.
Some bruising and swelling is normal in the days following the procedure. In addition, some bleeding may occur and is normal. However, if you notice the onset of an infection or severe pain, contact your doctor immediately.
As you recover from the surgery, some time off work may be necessary. Be sure to arrange for time off work prior to your surgery date. In addition, have prescription medications filled and readily at hand when you return home from the surgery. If you have small children, arrange for someone to care for them while you have some downtime to recover. You should speak with your surgeon when to expect resuming daily activities.
The results of your liposuction surgery are more apparent after the swelling goes down. Therefore, people will typically start seeing results a few months after the surgery. It is critical that you have a qualified plastic surgeon perform the procedure. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the liposuction procedure, be sure to discuss it with your doctor.