Liposuction: What are Your Real Expectations?

Liposuction is a longstanding body sculpting procedure that has achieved proven results over several years of practice. In our New York City plastic surgery practice, we are quite familiar with liposuction and what it can do. We’re also quite aware of the fact that, once a person decides to have liposuction, there is an expectation of near immediate results. This is something that needs to be discussed.

At this point, most people realize that liposuction is not a tool that will help them drop those last 10 pounds. Interestingly, although the extraction of fat cells can improve the appearance of the body and even reduce clothing size, it does not typically result in weight loss. Where we may still have work to do is in the area of timing.

One of the common side effects of liposuction is swelling. Where there is fluid retention, there may be an illusion of lingering fat. If a patient were to fall into the trap of thinking liposuction will quickly transform their shape, they may be disappointed. The initial swelling that occurs after treatment can take 2 to 4 weeks to subside enough to start seeing the shape that is to come. Ultimately, the final outcome of liposuction reaches its peak at 6 to 12 months post-op.

Managing Liposuction Swelling

After liposuction, it is essentially swelling that stands between you and your new body. While there’s no rush to resume strenuous exercise and no need to dive deep into a restrictive diet plan, there is a need to give the body a little extra TLC. Swelling, in particular, can be managed by wearing compression as directed by the surgical team. Movement can help the body circulate fluid so that retention does not occur but this only needs to be moderate. If walking around the house is manageable the day after surgery, that is sufficient for the purpose at hand.

Body contouring is a popular plastic surgery service and it is one that we do well. Dr. Shridharani and staff put a great deal of effort into every treatment plan. Your satisfaction matters to us. If it’s a sculpted body you want, let’s talk about how we can help you get there. For more information on liposuction and other body contouring treatments, schedule a consultation in our NYC office.

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