Posted on November 8, 2021 in Liposuction
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed each year in the United States. If you’re considering liposuction with a board-certified plastic surgeon, then know that your procedure will be safe, effective, and confidence-boosting. Still, liposuction is a surgery like any other, meaning it comes with some downtime. It can be helpful to know what to expect, so here are a few things to keep in mind as you schedule your consultation.
You can expect most soreness and discomfort to occur within the first few days of surgery. During this time, you’ll be instructed to take prescribed medications to help manage discomfort so you can rest. You’ll also be given medications to manage swelling. You’ll be instructed to wear a compression garment over the surgical area to reduce swelling and help the skin adhere to the new contours. Wear this as much as possible. You’ll remove it when bathing and will be given instructions on how to take care of your incisions and drains. You should plan to rest as much as possible during this time and limit your activity level. It can be a good idea to enlist help from a close friend or family member for tasks like caring for children and pets, chores around the house, or running errands.
At around 1 week, you should feel comfortable returning to office-based work. If you work a more labor-intensive job, you may need to allow yourself another week of recovery. At this point, you should have a substantial reduction in pain and soreness. You should continue wearing your compression garment as much as possible.
You can expect all pain and soreness to subside at this point. However, you’ll still experience some residual swelling and bruising at your surgical site. At this point, you can begin to enjoy your results as they emerge. It can take months for all swelling to go away, so remain patient at this stage. You can likely begin light exercise like walking at this point. Make sure to hold off on any intensive activities until your plastic surgeon indicates otherwise.
Month 2 and Beyond
After about 2 months, you should be ready to fully resume your normal schedule. You may still experience some swelling, but you can stop wearing your compression garment at this point. You can also return to your normal exercise regimen and begin to enjoy your results. It can take up to 6 months for your results to fully emerge, so make sure to remain patient and let your body adjust.
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Liposuction is an excellent way to boost your confidence with minimal downtime. To meet with Dr. Ellen and learn more about how you can benefit, we invite you to contact Dr. Ellen Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by calling our Bloomfield Township office or filling out our online contact form.
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