Liposuction is a common procedure involving the suction removal of fat. Most have heard of this minimally invasive body contouring procedure. Less common is the knowledge of what exactly to expect once the procedure is done.
The first thing to remember is that liposuction is surgery. It may not include stem to stern incisions or a long period of recovery, but it is still considered surgery.
Just like any surgery, liposuction involves a recovery period. Depending on the number of body areas and amount of fat removed affects the healing period post treatment.
Post surgical pain is a common concern, but a study of 303 patients who had ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL) showed that most found the pain manageable and quick to subside. Pain was most severe the day of surgery and 51% of the patients requested medication with 29% requiring pain meds the day after surgery and dwindling to zero by day seven. Factors affecting the amount of discomfort experienced vary by number of areas treated and the amount of fat removed. Whether the procedure was performed under local or general anesthesia made no difference.
As a rule, one can expect limited bruising for 1 to 2 weeks. Swelling begins to subside at about 7-10 days. Numbness and bumpiness can also be experienced. The final results of liposuction are seen at approximately 6 months.
If you are interested in liposuction, Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa offers Changes Rapid Lipo performed under local anesthesia and full body contouring by Dr. Gilbert Lee under general anesthesia. View results in our gallery.
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