Preparing for Liposuction
Dr. Hart will give you a list of instructions on what to do and what not to do in the days before you undergo liposuction. This may include guidelines on eating and drinking. He will also discuss the importance of quitting smoking at least 30 days before liposuction. Smoking greatly increases the risks of any surgery, and liposuction is no exception. Certain medications, such as aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, may promote bleeding and should be discontinued before surgery. Dr. Hart will advise you on which medications you should stop taking before liposuction. Never stop taking prescribed medications without first talking with Dr. Hart and with the doctor who prescribed them.
What to Expect After Liposuction
The suctioned areas will be swollen and uncomfortable for several days after liposuction. In some cases, the small incisions are left open temporarily so that fluids and residual fatty deposits can empty through an inserted drain. Dr. Hart may prescribe an antibiotic to reduce the risk of infection. Usually the treatment area is wrapped with elastic bandage. Support hosiery or a girdle may be worn over this, to help compress tissue and control swelling and bruising. Your surgeon may want you to wear the bandage and/or garment for several days or weeks. It is recommended for you to move soon after surgery, as this will decrease the risk of blood clots that can occur from long periods of being sedentary. You will be allowed to return to work or your normal activities in a few days. Some patients can return sooner, especially if conservative amounts of fat were removed. Strenuous activity, however, is a no-no for at least three weeks.
Be patient. The final results may not be evident for up to six months, but they are permanent (assuming that your weight remains stable). Depending on how gently the procedure was performed, you may see some preliminary results as early as one week.