Liposuction recovery - after liposuction


before liposuction - after liposuction

Some infiltration solution and tissular fluid shall outflow from the incisions after the operation. It is fluid which was not sucked and has not been absorbed by the organism yet. The fluid may be colored by blood – there is no need to worry. The outflow stops after approx. 10 hours. At some clinics a small drainage tube (so-called drain) may be inserted beneath the skin for a couple of days to prevent fluid build-up. To control swelling and to enhance your skin condition you will be fitted with a close compression garment. The garment cannot be taken off during first 24 hours after the operation. Than it can be taken off for 1-2 hours every day and perhaps washed. Most types of compression garment have a hole to enable toilet. The garment is worn for a period recommended by the surgeon; it depends on the practice at a clinic. Usually the period of 2 to 3 weeks (even at night) is recommended. The question of massages, so-called “rolling”, is rather discussed. Some surgeons advise not to roll and let the sucked areas quietly heal. Others recommend rolling – roll the sucked areas 3 times a day with a pastry rolling pin. You can go to work and do common activities after 2 or 3 days after the procedure performed by tumescent technique. Driving is not recommended immediately after the procedure; get somebody to drive you home. Sports after liposuction are not recommended for 2 weeks. Wounds are covered by steri-strips for approx. 5 - 6 days and then the cover may be removed. The use of painkillers depends on every individual. Usually, it is not necessary or 1 - 2 tablets of Ibuprofen are sufficient. Tummy is a specific locality where rather strong sensitive nerves to innervate the tummy skin get out of rectus abdominis muscles. Note that during the liposuction under local anesthesia not only the fat but also the local anesthetic is sucked away, which means that the patient may feel pain of different intensity towards the end of the liposuction. Moreover in the tummy liposuction the cannula pulls these nerves which cannot be numbed as they run through the muscles and the pain may be really very unpleasant. The liposuction under general anesthesia is followed by a 1-2 day hospitalization and it is advised to wear the compression garment for 8 to 12 weeks. Sports should be avoided for 4 weeks. The period of wearing the compression garment depends in case of all liposuction techniques on skin conditions, amount of sucked fat, size of treated area and recommendation of the surgeon or clinic.

Post liposuction 

Shortly after the liposuction under general anesthesia you should start to exercise lower limbs, eventually stand up and make a short walk. It is a prevention of thromboembolic complications. The swellings and hematomas are individual, you are likely to feel stiffness, pain, burning or your sensitivity may be temporarily diminished. Your surgeon may also use antibiotics to prevent infection. It is not usual at every clinic. It is also suitable to use products for better healing as e. g. Wobenzym. The larger part of post-operative swelling disappears within 7 – 10 days. The stitches, provided the incisions are sutured, are usually removed within the week after surgery. Most of the burning and swelling usually disappears within 3 weeks. Healing is a long-term process and the recovery depends on your physical condition.

Don't expect to look great right after liposuction surgery. New liposuction technique are more gentle than the old ones, despite, you shall experience some pain or itching for several weeks. The final result is apparent after 2 – 3 months, exceptionally after six months. At some clinics you will be checked regularly during the recovery to judge if you need any correction or you suffer from any complication. Some surgeons do not monitor you and you come only in case of complications. If you have bruises, sunbathing is not recommended. Sunbathing is also not advised for 3 - 6 months until the scars fade. During this period the scars may be covered by plasters or cream with a high sun protection factor.

Published: 2009-03-30

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