Liposuction After The Procedure


After Liposuction

The time necessary to perform the procedure depends on the number of areas being Liposuctioned. The range is anywhere from 1 to 4 hours.

AFTER SURGERY

  1. Continue to limit yourself to light activities the first week after surgery. However, make sure that you don't stay in bed continuously. Make sure you walk around every once in a while to allow for blood flow.
  2. Have some Gatorade or a similar sports drink available. You will need to drink a lot of fluids post-operatively.
  3. After the first week, limit yourself to activities that are comfortable. No strenuous aerobic activity for 4-6 weeks after surgery.
  4. The night after surgery you might want to have some protective sheets or towels on your bed. Your incisions will ooze for the first one to two days.
  5. ADJUST GARMENT/ BANDAGE EVERY 2 HOURS. This may mean undoing and repositioning the binder. You should have gentle compression. If you cannot put your finger in between the garment and your body, it means it is too tight. If the garment is too tight it will prevent proper blood flow.
  6. Apply Polysporin/Neosporin Ointment to the incisions with cotton tipped applicator (like a q-tip) daily until the sutures dissolve.
  7. You may shower as soon as you like after surgery. Make sure someone is with you. You may be nauseated from anesthesia for up to 2 days. Pat the incisions dry and reapply the ointment.
  8. Do not smoke for at least one week after surgery.
  9. Do not use aspirin-containing products for at least one week. You may take Tylenol or pain medication as prescribed.
  10. No weight loss diets for at least 3 weeks. Make sure to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet during this time.
  11. Avoid exposing the incsions to direct sunlight for at least 6 weeks. After 6 weeks, apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) to the area of the incision if you will be in the sun for extended periods of time.
  12. Be sure to finish your entire prescription of antibiotics.
  13. To minimize scars start applying ScarLess on your incisions after one week. ScarLess is a prescription strength cream with vitamin E, silicone and Hydrocortisone to help minimize redness and elevation of the scars. You can purchase ScarLess at our office.

WHAT TO EXPECT AS YOU RECOVER

  1. Immediately after liposuction, some patients feel groggy or nauseous. These feelings normally subside by the next day.
  2. You will probably be very sore for the first week. Bruising is normal and will subside in 2-4 weeks.
  3. You may experience some numbness. Remember not to put ice or anything hot directly onto skin because you may have decreased awareness of temperature damage.
  4. Once all of the swelling has subsided, you may opt for a small touch-up.

WHEN TO CALL US

Post surgical complications are rare and are often easily solved by the doctor if you notify us. Call us if you experience any of the following: a temperature of 101 F or higher, increased local redness or warmth, chest pain, shortness of breath, legs swelling or calf pain or if you feel that anything might be wrong. Please call the office during regular business hours @ 949-644-4808.

POST-OP VISITS AND CARE SUMMARY

Concern Instructions
   
Blood Clot
  1. It is important to walk at least every 2 hours while you're awake to prevent blood clotting - but do not over do it. Right after surgery you will be instructed to walk around every 1 hour.
  2. Pay specific attention to leg swelling. if you notice swelling on only one leg or calf pain contact the office.
Constipation
  1. If you are constipated at day 2 stop taking Vicodin or Darvocet.
  2. Encourage walking, drink a lot of fluids, consider laxative(Ex-lax or Correctol).

 

Fever
  1. Make sure to cough and take deep breaths as fever is usually in lungs for the first 3 days after surgery.
Garment Placement
  1. ADJUST GARMENT/ BANDAGE EVERY 2 HOURS. This may mean undoing and repositioning the binder. You should have gentle compression. If you cannot put your finger in between the garment and your body, it means it is too tight. If the garment is too tight it will prevent proper blood flow.
Activity
  1. You can take a cool shower the day after. Allow clean water to run over the body. Pat dry. Make sure you have someone helping you.
  2. Walk every hour while awake for the first day and then every 2 hours.
  3. Sleep at 45 degree angle for the first 3 nights.
  4. Regarding exercise: If it hurts don't do it. Wait for your body to tell you what you can do.
  5. You can exercise areas other than the area liposuctioned at 2 weeks. You can work out normally after 6 weeks.
Wound Care
  1. Your gauze will be changed at your follow up visit.
  2. Makes sure your garment is placed correctly.
  3. Keep surgical area clean and dry at all times.
  4. Apply ScarLess at one week.

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