Liposuction is a popular body contouring and fat reduction cosmetic surgery procedure. While the procedure is relatively less invasive, it still involves a considerable recovery process. Recovery is as much important to the success of the procedure as any other stage in liposuction. The patient should be prepared to diligently follow the surgeon’s advice about recovery in order to achieve safe and desirable results.
Dr. Kristi Hustak is a board certified female plastic surgeon providing liposuction and other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. During the pre-operative consultation, Dr. Hustak will discuss all aspects of liposuction, including its estimated recovery. Patients should ask questions and clear all doubts pertaining to recovery at this stage. Dr. Hustak provides liposuction to patients in Houston, Texas and surrounding locations.
Length of Recovery Period
The patient should be prepared for a downtime of at least three to seven days following liposuction plastic surgery. In case of extensive fat reduction from multiple areas, the downtime may extend up to two weeks.
Patients who invest in advance planning for the recovery will usually experience a smoother and faster recovery process. They should perform short walks at home from the second day to promote blood flow and expedite healing.
First 24 Hours
Liposuction is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, and the patient should have someone to drive them back home after the surgery. Someone should available to stay overnight and assist the patient in the first 24 to 48 hours with basic household chores. The patient should take plenty of rest in the first one to two days.
The surgeon may prescribe pain medications for a few days to keep the patient comfortable. Antibiotics and iron supplements may also be prescribed in some cases. Smoking and use of blood thinning medications must be strictly avoided in the initial period following the surgery. In some cases, the surgeon may call the patient the next day of the surgery for the first post-op appointment and review.
In the first week, bruising and swelling will be more pronounced, but will start subsiding in the second week. The patient should perform only light activities during this period, stay at home, and avoid putting any strain in the incision areas. Numbness in the treated area may be felt, which will gradually disappear on its own.
The surgeon will require the patient to wear a compression garment through the first week or more. Sutures and drain tubes may be removed around the end of first week. Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas and nearby areas for liposuction.
Post-operative swelling will take several weeks or months to completely disappear. Patients can usually return to their regular activities from the second week, but vigorous exercises and heavy lifting of weights should be avoided for another two to three weeks.
As the swelling gets completely eliminated, the patient will be able to see the full results of liposuction. The eliminated fat cells will not reappear in the same area, but the patient should maintain an active and healthy lifestyle for prolonged benefits.
For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.354.5145 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.