Let’s talk about what happens after Liposuction
- Posted on: Apr 15 2017
Liposuction is a well-known cosmetic procedure that is only outnumbered by breast procedures. It has been this way for some time, and we do not expect to see this change anytime soon. The value of liposuction is that patients get the sculpted look they want in the shortest amount of time. Because fat cells are removed, results can be as permanent as one would like to maintain with healthy eating and exercise habits.
The ultimate goal of liposuction has been the same since the inception of this cosmetic procedure. However, a lot has changed in the methodology of practice. Standard suction liposuction does still exist and, in a handful of situations, might be the best approach. But there are also power-assisted procedures and ultrasound-assisted liposuction to choose from. While there may be slight benefits that vary from one to another method, one thing that patients can count on is post-operative swelling. This is worth discussing.
Learn to sit with it.
Post-liposuction swelling is not necessarily a short-term side-effect. Fortunately, the majority of healing takes place in the first few weeks after surgery. This means the substantial reduction regarding swollen tissue, but that is not the end of the story.
The swelling that lingers after liposuction does not decrease in a structured manner. Some days may be good, and some days may be not-so-good. That doesn’t mean you should expect to wake one day with dramatically swollen legs or arms (or whatever area you have had treated). The fluctuations in fluid retention tend to be pretty mild. In fact, you may not even notice. But if you do, we want you to know it’s normal. If swelling feels bothersome, elevate the area for a few minutes and fluid should start moving again.
Take advantages of recovery tools.
We mean compression. The gentle pressure of your compression garment can improve your comfort, and also inhibit excessive swelling of the surgical site. Believe it or not, your body is also a valuable recovery tool. Listen to it. Pushing too hard to get back into your exercise routine may only exacerbate swelling – and inhibit healing.
Dr. Shridharani understands the nuances of the liposuction procedure. He has performed initial procedures, as well as revisions for patients dissatisfied with the results of another surgeon’s work. We are here to help you get the results you want from liposuction or any other procedure. Call our NYC office at (212) 508-0000.
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