First week after liposuction

18th Oct 2018

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure designed to permanently eliminate unwanted fat deposits in certain areas of the body using small cannulas. The thighs, tummy, back, arms, love handles, calves, ankles, knees are the areas most commonly targeted with liposuction. For most patients, the procedure lasts between 20 minutes to an hour and is most often performed on an outpatient basis. However, in some cases, the patient will be required to stay in the hospital for at least a day when large amounts of fat were removed.
Before the patient is discharged from the medical facility, the surgeon will remind the patient to avoid smoking and intense physical exercises during the recuperation period. Also, they will be asked to wear the girdle for at least two weeks. Even before the surgery, the surgeon will schedule a date for follow-up consultation, which is usually within the first month after the procedure.
Some patients go home and decide everything is fine, so they do not to see their doctor anymore. However, what they don’t take into consideration is that complications can occur even after a few months after the procedure.
The follow-up consultations are actually important to the recovery process. First of all, the plastic surgeon needs to see how you are healing and check if there are any side effects to the procedure. For example, if the patient develops a hematoma or seroma, the plastic surgeon needs to see it and assess the need for additional treatment. After liposuction, swelling and bruising is to be expected in the areas treated, but it should disappear by themselves within the course of a few weeks.
Depending on how your body is healing, the plastic surgeon might make different recommendations. For example, the surgeon might advise you to wear the girdle non-stop for just two weeks, but after the follow-up consultation, he might prolong this period to ensure better results.
Complications after liposuction are very rare, and usually, they can be treated without major issues. Nevertheless, it is still important for your plastic surgeon to check and ensure that the recovery is going well, otherwise you might discover side-effects later on when the complications are worse.
As a result, it is in your best interest to schedule and attend your follow-up consultations to allow the plastic surgeon to evaluate the recovery process and the results, so this a priority after your liposuction procedure.

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