Similar to most cosmetic surgery procedures, Liposuction is performed as an out-patient procedure, allowing you to go home on the same day. However, the recovery process is another ball game and may take a significant amount of time and care. It is imperative that you take into account this recovery period prior to opting for Liposuction surgery.
Initial Recovery Period
Initial recovery following Liposuction may vary from 1-7 days depending on the individual, area that underwent treatment, size of the treated area and how well the Cosmetic Surgeon’s after-care instructions were adhered to.
During this period, you may experience a significant amount of discomfort, which is typically controllable by taking the prescribed medication. A compression garment will have to be worn after the surgery, on the treated area as it helps to heal into the desired contour. In addition to this the patient may also wear compression stockings to help reduce risk of vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
Serious Complications – What to watch out for?
Although no concrete figures are available for the frequency of serious complications occurring following Liposuction, estimates go as high as 1 in 1,000 patients dying in worst case scenarios. Always keep a watchful eye for the following signs to avoid serious complications.
- Chest pain
- Rapid heart rate
- Inability to catch breath or rapid breathing
If any of the symptoms are observed, it is in your best interests to contact the surgeon’s office immediately. In the event the surgeon is unreachable, going into an emergency room is the next best option.
Upon returning to work, avoiding strenuous activity for a period of 4-6 weeks is important. This period may vary depending on the surgeon’s instructions, because it may vary depending on the treatment as well as personal recovery rate.
By the time you return to work, results will begin to appear. This will continue until the final results are experienced by 3-6 months.
Prior to opting for Liposuction, always ensure you shop around for the best possible surgeon and ensure you do not rush in for treatment based on impulse. A fully thought out decision will ensure you remain satisfied for life.