Liposuction has a glamorous connotation to it – people hear the word “lipo” and they automatically think of stars slimming down their figures to own the red carpet. Lipo isn’t as glamorous as one may think. Although it helps to rid your body of excess fat, it’s still a surgical procedure and needs to be treated as such. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of what to really expect when getting liposuction.
It’s Not Completely Painless
As we said earlier, liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure and you need to treat it as one. This means there is going to be some pain attached to getting those stubborn pockets of fat removed from the hips, thighs, abdomen, back, arms and other areas of the body. Most patients report feeling soreness, tightness, burning, and itching after the procedure, which is to be expected. Also, don’t be alarmed if you see some bruising; this typically goes away on its own after the first few days. The doctors at Richmond Plastic Surgeons can provide medication to help you with any discomfort you may have for the first few days. You should be ready to go back to normal daily activities seven to 10 days after your procedure.
There’s going to be swelling in the treated areas after your procedure. This swelling comes from the tissue that’s disturbed by the cannula, or suctioning device, during the procedure. Because of this swelling for first few weeks after your treatment, you may not see the results you would like to see right away. Don’t get discouraged or frustrated. It’s natural for the swelling to take a few months to go down, but you’ll see a majority of your results within the first few weeks. Take the time you need to heal from surgery and don’t rush it.
This is often a step that is overlooked by television and the media. After your liposuction procedure, it’s imperative you wear compression garments to help reduce swelling and allow the skin to press tight against the body. Without these compression garments, you may experience more swelling than normal that will last longer than anticipated. The surgeons at Richmond Plastic Surgeons recommend you wear these compression garments for the first few weeks after surgery to aid in the healing process and make sure you get the results you desire. This is a crucial part of your recovery, so again, be patient and don’t get frustrated.
The popularization of “lunch-time lipo” sounds like a great idea, but it may not be as realistic as you might think. With all the swelling, bruising, healing and compression garments discussed above, you may start thinking that you’ll need to plan ahead for this procedure. You’d be right. Liposuction is not the type of procedure you get on a Monday in order to look good in a bikini by Friday. This is an invasive cosmetic procedure that’s going to take time to heal from. You may not be satisfied with your results right away, but you will be satisfied with them after the healing process. Make sure to plan ahead and give yourself enough time to heal before revealing your new figure.
If you are interested in learning more about the liposuction experience, contact us at Richmond Plastic Surgeons to schedule your one-on-one consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons today.