What you Need to Know about Liposuction
- Posted on: Oct 30 2016
Liposuction has been a popular method of fat-reduction for several years now. Women may seek treatment to thin out their thighs or hips. Men and women who visit our practice also often ask about liposuction to whittle their middle. Men may also turn to liposuction to reduce breast size and resolve gynecomastia. We enjoy helping our patients achieve their desired outcome from carefully planned surgical care. It is also important to us to maximize the entire experience with tips for the best recovery.
Here are 5 that we think are worth discussing . . .
- Choose your cosmetic plastic surgeon carefully. Liposuction may be a common procedure, but that does not mean that any doctor who advertises this service is qualified to perform it. Look for training and also don’t be shy about asking for references! Our patients are encouraged to ask about our Before and After images and patient reviews.
- Keep in mind the old saying that patience is a virtue. You will need it after your liposuction procedure. Although innovative technologies can be incorporated to maximize fat breakdown prior to removal, there will still be a bit of swelling that results from liposuction. This will keep you from seeing the final result of your surgery for about a month. Swelling will continue to go down for several weeks.
- Don’t be alarmed if you notice areas of lumpiness or hardness in the weeks after your surgery. This is a natural byproduct of the healing process, and is almost always short-lived. This has nothing to do with technique or the success of your surgery, it is normal tissue healing.
- Weight is clearly an important aspect of the liposuction procedure. It is important to know that you may not see a huge reduction in pounds after your procedure. That is not the point of liposuction. What you should see, and why liposuction is performed, is a curvier figure with proportionate contouring.
- The need to stop smoking cannot be overstated when it comes to any type of surgery. Tobacco products adversely affect oxygen uptake in the skin and other tissues. This means that healing is slower in the smoker’s body. Cease your use of tobacco products at least two weeks prior to your procedure, and keep this habit up for at least two more weeks after liposuction. Your body will thank you.
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