All Liposuction Surgery Carries Some Uncertainty and Risk
Complications from liposuction may include irregularities of the skin’s surface, areas of uneven pigmentation, and asymmetry. Occasionally revisional surgery may be necessary (5%) but is easily accomplished with less recovery than the original surgery.
The Liposuction Consultation
A personal consultation is the first step for every considering liposuction. During this meeting one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will assess your physical and emotional health and discuss your specific goals for surgery.
Your physician will explain the body contouring methods that may be most appropriate for you. Suggestions for other procedures may also be discussed. Often times an abdominoplasty also known as a tummy tuck may more effectively meet your goals.
In any case, we will work with you to recommend the procedure that is right for you and will come closest to producing the desired body contour.
After Your Liposuction Surgery
You will be cared for in the recovery room for at least one-hour after surgery. Discomfort is minimal; you will have a compression garment (girdle) on which must be worn as directed. Typically the garment is worn for up to four weeks after the surgery. This will decrease the amount of swelling and compress the skin to fit it’s new contour. Pain medication will be prescribed for the discomfort.
Getting Back to Normal
Healing is a gradual process. You should be back to work within 3-5 days following your surgery. Stitches are usually removed within 10 days.
Strenuous activity should be avoided for about three weeks as your body continues to heal. Although most of the bruising and swelling usually disappears within six weeks, some swelling may remain for six months or more.
Your New Look
You will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body quite soon after surgery. However, improvement will become even more apparent after about six months, when most of the swelling has subsided.
If your expectations are realistic, you will probably be very pleased with the results of your surgery. You may find that you are more comfortable in a wide variety of clothes and more at ease with your body. And, by eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, you can help to maintain your new shape permanently.