Considering liposuction? To be certain, it is a serious decision that will have effects on your life for years to come. If you have already made the decision, you probably want to know what to expect and are preparing yourself for the recovery process after liposuction and planning the first few days and weeks.
Immediately following surgery, while you are still under anesthesia, your doctor will apply surgical dressings and may outfit you with a surgical compression garment, which acts as a support girdle, reduces swelling, and helps regulate circulation. It is important for the skin to be supported after the trauma induced by surgery. The compression garment is usually worn for only a few days after which it can be removed and will not be used again.
Side effects, like bruising and swelling, should be expected and can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months. It is often held that bruising and swelling reach their apex two to three days after surgery.
Blood and fluid often settle at the base of the abdomen near the genitals and cause people undue concern and stress. While the condition may be unsightly, it is no cause for alarm and typically resolves on its own. Most patients report that they feel far better than they appear during recovery after liposuction.
Fluid retention is in no way uncommon and many patients report a bloated feeling or as if they had gained weight. The locations on the body which were addressed during liposuction may feel lumpy or irregular after a few weeks and, in most instances, these symptoms subside on their own. Some patients seek massage to help the remaining tissues redistribute properly. While this may be acceptable it is always best to consult Dr. Amron before seeking any type of alternative treatment after liposuction.
Patients occasionally experience pain or discomfort in or around the liposuction site. As a part of the body’s natural defense, tissues in the abdominal region often become irritated or inflamed during surgery and after surgery. These side effects will resolve on their own as well and may be prevented by simple easing back into normal routines and standing, sitting and moving carefully. These symptoms rarely persist more than about a week.