ON THE DAY OF YOUR LIPOSUCTION SURGERY
Following your liposuction procedure, you will be well cared for at Cassileth Plastic Surgery’s state-of-the-art surgical center. From the time you arrive, through recovery and until you go home, you will have individualized attention to make your experience stress-free. We have helped thousands of people through surgery and are proud of our reputation for world-class care and excellent service to our patients.
THE FIRST DAYS AFTER LIPOSUCTION SURGERY
The following day you will have your compression garment checked. We want to ensure it isn’t too tight now that you have had a day for your body to adjust. We also check that it is placed correctly. The garment will ensure the swelling is distributed evenly over the area so there will be no asymmetry or pockets of fluid which have built up. The garment giving you smooth, even compression is a very important part to achieving a great result with no complications.
THE FIRST FEW WEEKS FOLLOWING LIPOSUCTION SURGERY
For the first week the garment needs to be worn for 20 out of 24 hours. It should only be removed for showering and cleaning the garment. Starting in the second week, the garment can usually be worn for 12 hours a day. Many patients wear the garment more than this because of the comfort it offers. Some patients are required to wear the garment for a longer period time, especially those with cellulite prior to surgery, loose skin, or irregularities that have been corrected.
There are a few sutures with a liposuction procedure to close the very small incisions made for the small cannula. These incisions are hidden in creases and commonly have some clear or blood-tinged fluid right after surgery.
Get plenty of rest and keep well hydrated. Make sure you walk around your home or if possible, go for a short walk.
ACTIVITY AFTER LIPOSUCTION SURGERY
Avoid high impact activities for 4 weeks. Walking is highly recommended, but other strenuous sports are to be avoided. Liposuction causes the body to produce fluid as part of the healing process. Walking as much as possible will help the body rid itself of this excess fluid and will reduce swelling.
You can return to a desk job within a few days following your surgery. If your work is strenuous, we can advise you on when to return to work. If you have small children, it is advised to have help for a few days following your procedure.
BRUISING AND SWELLING AFTER LIPOSUCTION SURGERY
It can take up to 6 weeks for all bruising to resolve because some of the bruises will not surface for a few weeks. The bruising will follow the path of least resistance and will migrate down. You may find bruising and swelling in an area that wasn’t treated. For example, your ankles may swell even though your liposuction was on your thighs. This will all resolve.
Most patients will only need their pain medication for a few days and can then switch to an anti-inflammatory medication. This will assist with swelling and bruising. Patients are advised not to drive while taking prescribed pain medication. Have a friend drive you to the Cassileth Plastic Surgery office for your checkups.
You may experience strange sensations in the area treated due to the nerves being disrupted. This can show up as itching, numbness or very brief pinpoints of pain. The nerves will settle back down over the next few weeks.
As always, you should call the office if you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of your recovery. We are with you throughout your recovery and want to be aware of anything you are concerned about. We have done thousands of liposuction surgeries and have a wealth of experience to share with you.
- The anesthesiologist will ensure you properly come out of sedation and will give you approval to travel to your recovery location.
- When you awake from your procedure, you will be wearing a compression garment to minimize swelling.
- Move as much as possible in a conservative manner to minimize risks.
- Ensure you have someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
- Avoid strenuous activity for the next 4 weeks.
- If you have small children, ensure you have supplemental child care, especially for the first few days.
- Return to Cassileth Plastic Surgery to ensure your compression garment is fitting properly and evenly.
- Walk as much as possible over the next four weeks to help reduce swelling but avoid more intense exercise or physical activity.
- Drink water and get plenty of rest to aid in the healing process.
Days 3 through 5
- Return to office work.
- Transition from pain medication to anti-inflammatory medication.
- Return to Cassileth Plastic Surgery office to have your sutures removed.
- Wear your compression garment for 20 out of 24 hours, in order to maintain consistent compression and allow for bathing and washing of the compression garment.
- Transition to wearing your compression garment for 12 hours a day with your doctor’s permission.
- Bruising and swelling will have resolved with continued improvement over the next few months.