Anyone considering liposuction must absolutely see a board-certified plastic surgeon, research the procedure and know what to expect from the surgery before going ahead. Liposuction should be something that will bring you body-confidence, in a safe and effective manner.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a body contouring, surgical procedure performed in order to permanently remove fat cells from certain areas of the body. At Ocean Clinic we use Water-Jet Assisted Liposuction (WAL) as it is a more gentle technique which helps to minimise swelling and bruising, pain, irritation and damage to blood vessels.
Common areas for liposuction include:
- » abdomen
- » hips
- » buttocks
- » thighs
Immediately after surgery and a few hours later you should experience some soreness. This can be reduced by encouraging blood circulation, so getting up and walking around gently is encouraged.
Liposuction Recovery : Days 1-7
There will be some discomfort over the first few days after having had liposuction and there may well be prescribed medication to take to manage this as well as any swelling. This will all be outlined by your doctor for your individual case.
Compression garments are worn in order to aid swelling reduction as well as keeping everything in its new place. This should be worn as much as possible (not when bathing) or as instructed by your surgeon. Any incisions and drains will also need attention which your doctor will outline for you.
Rest and Recuperation
Rest is imperative during these days to allow your body to recuperate, adjust to its new form and allow everything to settle. Asking a friend or family member to help to do the regular day-to-day would be advised to ensure you encourage the healing process effectively, though you may be able to manage light household activities, desk work, showering and driving at around 24hrs post op.
Liposuction Recovery : Weeks 1-2
At roughly the one week mark you should be feeling fit and able to return to ‘normal’ working life if this entails an office-type position. If work entails physical labour, this may not be advisable for about one more week. Your doctor can assess your individual recovery speed; this is just a general guideline. Your recovery garment should still be worn to ensure optimum results, as well as a more rapid recovery.
Pain, swelling, discomfort and any soreness should be greatly reduced in most patients by the end of the first week or two. You could also opt for lymphatic massage at this point, to aid with the swelling.
Liposuction Recovery : Month 1-2
There should be no more pain or discomfort at all during this period of your recovery, although there may be slight swelling or bruising at any surgical sites, though these ought to be minimal by now if present. This is the time that your results should be shining through, although try to be patient if you are still experiencing any swelling, it varies from person to person. Light exercise can now be entertained with caution, and do speak to your doctor before embarking on any intense activities.
Liposuction Recovery : Month 2+
From this point on you should be, or start to be, feeling fully recovered and your final results should be emerging. The compression garment can now be discarded even if you are still experiencing slight swelling; again, speak to your doctor for individual assurance. Exercise can now resume as normal.
Be aware of your body, how you feel and pay close attention to your surgeon’s advice, have patience if you feel your recovery is taking longer than you hoped and allow your body to take the time it needs to adjust to its new shape and size.
Contact our expert team of professionals for a consultation or any further information on Liposuction.