Liposuction after care

From now on it's up to you.....

It's been successful. Liposuction has removed excess fat from your body. The bulges that have plagued you for so long have disappeared. You've made your last post-operative visit to your surgeon.

  • What's next?

    If you are like most of the patients I see and treat at clinic, or if you have read all the information, you probably already know the answer.

  • What's next is-literally-up to you?

    Body contouring ... body sculpturing ... however you want to think of liposuction, the surgery has done all it can do for you. The skill of your surgeon has given you the best possible figure. By now you should be happy with your appearance. The swelling has gone down, the bruises have faded, the size of your body parts that gave you so much unhappiness has been reduced.

    If you feel a little scared and shaky, not quite sure how you will manage in the months ahead, you are not alone. An informal survey I took among my patients recently showed that more than two-thirds of them had similar feelings. They worried whether or not the bulges would come back. They were afraid of getting fat. They were not quite sure how to live with the new image that liposuction had made possible for them. They were not quite sure how to live with the new image that liposuction had made possible for them.

    Let's deal with these questions and fears, one at a time.

  • Many people feel the same way

    It may take you several months, or even longer, to get used to the new, trim, streamlined "you." That's not so surprising. You lived with your old image for a number of years before deciding to have liposuction. If your trouble was fat deposits in your upper arms, you were ashamed to be seen in a sleeveless dress. Some time may elapse before you feel comfortable wearing such clothes, even though liposuction and your post-operative exercises have given you a firm, trim look. Your mind still remembers your embarrassment when your arms were heavy. It will take time to change your thoughts, your image, your behavior ... time until you have learned new patterns of action that go with your "new" self-image.

Insertions following surgery

  • Immediately After Surgery
    • Rest at home for a 1-2 days following surgery with legs elevated when sitting or lying. Short walks are permitted and encouraged, the day after surgery.
    • Apply ice packs to suctioned areas as much as possible for the first 48 hours.
    • Stay in the company of a responsible adult, the first night.
    • It is quite normal for wounds to ooze excessively in the first 24-48 hours due to the local anesthetic fluid injected as part of the procedure. Ensure bed clothes are protected with cosmetic sheeting.
    • Too much activity in the immediate post-operative period will result in excessive swelling and possible bleeding
    • No drinking of alcohol, driving or operating machinery, while on pain medications or on the first day after surgery.
  • Pain
    • For pain relief, please take medicine as directed by doctor
    • Do not make any legal decisions while under the influence of an anesthetic or medications, that may cause drowsiness.
    • Please contact the Clinic if pain cannot be controlled with prescribed medications.
  • DIET
    • Fluids are encouraged for the first few days.
    • Light meals are preferable after general anesthesia.
  • The first week: wound care Bandages are to be removed 72 hours after surgery, prior to the first post-operative appointment. You may shower fully once bandages are off. Removal of Bandages Visit clinic for removal of dressing as decided earlier.
  • Compression Garment You must wear the recommended stockings or support garments for 24 hours a day for first week, subsequently 12-18hours a day for nexT two-three weeks.
  • Swelling and bruising
    • Swelling and bruising are a normal part of the recovery process and will begin to subside one or two weeks after surgery. It is expected that your clothes will be tight for the first week or two after surgery. Intermittent swelling may persist for several months in the ankles.
    • Elevating the legs on pillows will reduce this more quickly.
    • You should see a general decrease in your size and shape approximately 1-2 weeks after surgery. Your size and shape will continue to decrease each week.
    • Swelling following liposuction recedes rather slowly. It will take some time before the contour finalises, usually between three and six months.
    • Pain and aches are normal especially the first week; this will decrease as bruising subsides. All the puncture marks will shrink & disappear by six weeks.If dark mark persists please apply Prescribed ointment
  • Activity
    • Return to sedentary type work is permitted after one week.
    • Short walks can be commenced after 1 week and increased as tolerated weekly.
    • Driving and flying are permitted after one week.
    • Tennis, jogging, aerobics and other vigorous sports may be resumed approximately 6 weeks after surgery.
    • Easy swimming is permitted three weeks after surgery. Protect your skin from sunburn by using a sun screen with a Sun Protection Factor 15 or higher.
  • Massage It is important after surgery to massage the areas that have been liposuctioned although it is difficult when bruising is present. Try to massage lightly after 1-2 weeks.
  • Follow-up For routine questions and follow-up visits call the clinic. For Emergencies ONLY call - 9822058916