Liposuction or "lipo" is a commonly performed cosmetic procedure designed to remove fat in the body which is resistant against diet and exercise. A number of liposuction techniques, such as tumescent, super wet, ultrasound, laser and power-assisted techniques, are used by plastic surgeons to loosen extra fat before it's removed through the procedure. Liposuction recovery, however, is essentially the identical whether or not laser liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction as well as other variation was performed.
Liposuction can be executed under general anesthesia (asleep) or local anesthesia (awake), which affects the recovery period immediately following surgery. General anesthesia is generally only recommended for patients who're undergoing extensive liposuction or are combining other procedures with liposuction, such as a tummy tuck or breast augmentation. When liposuction alone is completed, local anesthesia is normally used instead of general anesthesia.
Patients recovering from liposuction performed under local anesthesia typically don't experience the groggy consequences associated with general anesthesia. However, many of the pain medications and sedatives prescribed to patients to use during and after liposuction do cause nausea, dizziness, and light-headedness, so patients shouldn't drive after undergoing liposuction whatever the type of anesthesia used.
The first few days of liposuction recovery can be messy, since anesthetic and other fluids leak from your port sites, or small holes left through the device that physically removes fat deposits during liposuction (called a "cannula"). To avoid stains on clothing or bed sheets, many physicians recommend wearing absorbent pads before drainage has subsided.
Swelling and bruising are generally present soon after liposuction and may even take several weeks to solve. Although bruising typically resolves within a couple of weeks, some swelling may linger for about 4-6 or more months. Because of this, final liposuction results can not be judged until four or five to 6 months after surgery. Numbness and hardness with the treated area takes three months, however, prolonged, localized firmness and swelling might point to formation of a seroma, or fluid pocket, that should be drained with a doctor.
Although complete liposuction recovery takes approximately six months, barring infection or another complications, most sufferers report rediscovering the reassurance of work and resuming light activity about one week after liposuction. A month into liposuction recovery, sports or vigorous activities typically might be resumed.
To optimize healing throughout the liposuction recovery period and ensure the most effective result's achieved, there are a few tips your surgeon may recommend.
First, wearing a compression garment (just like binding undergarments, such as a girdle or Spanx) for 2 to one month after liposuction may help to reduce swelling and help skin contract so it heals evenly, without unwanted folds, lumps or creases. Doctors might also recommend supplements to cut back bruising, including Arnica Montana and Bromelien, and lymphatic drainage massage or mechanical massage, such as Endermologie, to reduce lumps and bumps after liposuction.
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