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Liposuction Recovery: What You Need to Know

Submitted by Dr. Fasching on Tue 08/16/2016 - 20:13

Are you considering getting liposuction? Then you should review a few things about what liposuction recovery entails and what you can do to ensure a speedy and healthy healing process.

So what are some things that you should know about recovering from liposuction?

How Quickly Can I Recover from Liposuction?

How quickly you recover from a liposuction depends on a few things:

  • How many incisions were made
  • How many areas were worked on
  • Whether local or general anesthetics were used
  • How quickly you tend to heal
  • The locations of the liposuctions

On average, most people can go back to work within a few days after the surgery. Your stitches can be removed or completely dissolve after 7-10 days.

What Should I Avoid after Liposuction?Liposuction

You should avoid sitting or lying down for long periods of time; being active and mobile is essential for reducing swelling. Although it’s encouraged for you to walk around as much as possible, you should still avoid strenuous activity for about a month.

What Is a Seroma?

A seroma is a liquid that commonly forms underneath your incisions after liposuction. Using proper surgical techniques and compression garments after surgery can reduce the amount of seroma. But don’t worry, after a few weeks, the seroma should go away on its own.

Will I Be Required to Wear or Take Anything?

For a few weeks you might be required to wear a tight elastic garment to control swelling and to shape your new body. You might also be given some doses of antibiotics to prevent infection.

When Will I See Results from My Liposuction?

Now that liposuction techniques are more sophisticated, the length of time until you start seeing results have shortened. Your swelling should subside after four to six weeks post-surgery. You can see the final contours of your body after three months when most of the swelling has gone. Some areas such as the flanks and submental areas show results quickly.

Should I Schedule a Post-Op Visit?

You should schedule a post-op visit with your surgeon to discuss your recovery or remove sutures. How soon after the procedure and how many times you need to visit will depend on what type of liposuction you have.

Liposuction done through the proper techniques and equipment can do more than give you a speedy recovery with little complications; it can also give you a body that you’re finally happy with. If you want the best liposuction experience, then contact Dr. Fasching for a consultation on the liposuction, tumescent liposuction, or ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty.