Liposuction removes fat cells from problem areas of the body. It slims and reshapes, improving your body contour and proportion. To improve the contour of the body plastic surgeons perform liposuction. The procedure reshapes the body’s contour by removing some fat from larger fat deposits located between muscle and skin. When the larger fat deposits are removed the body naturally reshapes itself.
Am I A Candidate?
After doing their research, many people find that liposuction is a good choice for them. It is important to keep in mind that liposuction does not replace healthy eating habits and regular exercise. Instead, choose liposuction for the body contouring benefits that may be hard to achieve otherwise. Liposuction removes fat cell permanently, so if you gain weight after the procedure, it usually will not concentrate in the area that was treated. However, liposuction will not prevent you from gaining weight. To keep your new shape and new weight, you must follow a proper diet and exercise plan even after the procedure.
What Do I Need to Know?
Fat cells are permanently removed with liposuction. Usually you won’t gain back weight in the areas where the liposuction was performed.
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
A solution is injected into the fat that numbs the area, shrinks the blood vessels, called the tumescent technique. Then our surgeon will perform power assisted liposuction using a small diameter cannula. The cannula is round on the end and has holes on the side which suctions the fat using a special handpiece which causes the cannula to vibrate back and forth. This back and forth action breaks up the fat in a gentle manner.
What Should I Expect After Surgery?
You should expect swelling, bruising and soreness for several weeks. The skin may feel numb and hard to the touch. Wearing a compressive garment for approximately 2-4 weeks helps reduce swelling and promotes your body to conform to its new shape. Pain medication, prescribed by the surgeon, will help control the discomfort during your recovery period. Instructions for home care will be given at your pre-op appointment.
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Liposuction Before and After
1. If you are a smoker, you should abstain from smoking immediately. This will help to avoid respiratory complications and improve circulation to the surgical areas.
2. Abstain from taking aspirin, aspirin containing products, or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents immediately and following your surgery unless instructed otherwise.
3. Avoid alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours prior to your surgery.
4. Do not eat or drink after midnight the day of your surgery. If you must take medications on the day of surgery, you may take them with a small sip of water.
5. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home after surgery. Please make arrangements for a family member or friend to pick you up.
6. Do not apply any body lotions, creams, antiperspirants, hair treatments, or make up on the day of surgery.
Abstain from taking aspirin, aspirin containing products, or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (see attached list) immediately and following your surgery unless instructed otherwise.
Do not take pain medications on an empty stomach. This may make you nauseated.
Opioid pain medications (Codeine, Viocodin, Percocet, Darvocet, Norco, Hydrocodone, etc.) can cause constipation. Use a stool softener or gentle laxative (MiraLax or Dulcolax) if you experience this. Notify your physician if your constipation does not resolve.
Pain medications and antibiotics are usually prescribed. If they are not prescribed to you please call the office and confirm.
If you are a smoker, you should abstain from smoking immediately. This will help to avoid respiratory complications and improve circulation to the surgical areas.
Avoid alcoholic beverages until advised by your physician.
Drink plenty of fluids after surgery for the first 3-4 days. Avoid caffeinated, sugar or carbonate beverages or drinks.
Unless otherwise instructed, consume only liquids the evening after your surgery. You may then slowly advance your diet the following day to soft and bland foods i.e. mashed potatoes, over-cooked pasta, eggs, etc. It is suggested to stay away from dairy products for 3-4 days.
The evening of surgery, you will be advised to remain in bed and rest. It’s okay to be gently helped up if you need to use the restroom.
You may walk to the bathroom or around the house after surgery. Obtain assistance while getting up and walking until you are sure you can move about safely. This may take 2-3 days or longer in certain individuals.
Obtain assistance when going up stairs until you are sure you can climb safely. This may take up to a week or longer in certain individuals.
Walking is important to help with leg circulation and should be increased gradually each day as tolerated.
Do not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk until cleared. Generally no strenuous activity, no lifting greater than a gallon of milk, no vigorous activity, or sex for six weeks. If all has healed well you will be cleared to resume light exercises after 4-6 weeks.
Deep breathing is encouraged. Holding a pillow firmly against your abdomen may help reduce discomfort.
You will not be allowed to drive until cleared.
You will have a compressive garment placed on the area of liposuction. This will be removed at your postoperative visit.
During the first 24 hours following liposuction, you can expect light to moderate amounts of drainage from the surgery sites.
Drainage usually decreases gradually each day. It is not unusual to have a small amount of drainage around the incision sites for up to 5 days.
Do not shower until cleared by your physician. After you are cleared it is permitted for soap and water to come in contact with your incisions.
Obtain assistance when showering so you do not fall and get hurt.
Do not immerse yourself a tub, Jacuzzi, or pool until cleared. This is not permitted for at least 6 weeks and possibly longer depending on the incisions being completely healed.
Sleeping on a towel for the first few days may help prevent soilage of your bedding as a result of normal oozing from your incisions and drains.
Do not apply any body lotions, creams, vitamin K, or other skin treatments to your incisions until advised.
Bruising, Oozing, Swelling, Emotional ups and downs, Numbness, Itching, and Discomfort
Make your follow-up appointment by calling the office. If a follow-up appointment is not made for you please go ahead and make one for the day after surgery, 1 week after surgery and weekly while incisions have not healed correctly, or drains are in place.