Author: Rodney Davis, Physician Assistant, Director of Surgery
Liposuction is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery in the United States. This technique is used to reshape the body by permanently removing localized fat deposits. Liposuction is popular with both men and women, and can be performed on many different parts of the body successfully.
During the consultation, we will discuss the changes that you would like to make in your appearance. We will explain the different options available to you, the procedure itself, its risks and limitations, and the costs.
How much pain is there?
The procedure is done under local anesthesia which minimizes the patient’s discomfort and maximizes safety.
What is the recovery period like?
Most of the bruising and swelling should subside within three weeks. To speed the healing process and to reduce the likelihood of post-operative complications, our staff will advice you to begin light activity as soon as possible. You should be able to return to work within a one or two days if your work is fairly sedentary. You should avoid strenuous activities for one to two weeks as your body heals, but within two to six weeks you should be able to resume all normal activities. It’s important to continue wearing the compression garment, which should be easily hidden under your clothing, unless instructed to do otherwise by our staff.
What can I expect after surgery?
For a day or two, you can expect to feel tired, as though your body has been through a workout – and it has! The areas treated will be stiff and sore, and you may experience some discomfort, burning, swelling, bruising or temporary numbness. The tumescent solution often provides many hours of pain free comfort, and you will be provided with medication to relieve any residual discomfort following your procedure.
You will be wearing a compression garment around the areas treated. This decreases swelling, helps mold the new shape, and provides support and comfort. Garments may be removed 24 hours after your procedures s you may take a shower. A compression garment is generally worn 24/7 for the first week. The garment is often worn intermittently for an additional four weeks.
How long do the results last?
The fat cells are permanently removed by liposculture, so you will not regain weight in that area. It is important to note, however, that liposuction does not guarantee that you won’t gain weight or accumulate fat deposits in other areas of your body.