Liposculpture Procedure Preparation and Recovery

Prior to your liposculpture procedure, you and your cosmetic surgeon will determine the areas to be treated and review your medical history. The doctor will assess your skin quality, blood will be drawn for preoperative tests and pre-/post-operative prescriptions will be provided.

Before and after surgery, you must avoid medicines that inhibit blood clotting (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, coumadin or vitamin E). You must avoid smoking before your liposculpture procedure, as well, ideally for several months prior. Someone must be available to transport you to and from the surgery, and you will also need someone to stay with you for the first day or two thereafter.

No sutures are used for the procedure, so during the first day, tumescent fluid will seep through the micro-incisions. While mild swelling and minor discomfort and bruising are typical during the first week after treatment, normal activity and exercise usually can be resumed shortly thereafter. During the first 3-14 days of your recovery period, your doctor may require you to wear a snug “compression garment” over the treated area at all times, except during a daily shower.

While you will often begin enjoying your new body contours within the first week following your liposculpture procedure, the final result may not be fully evident until six or so months thereafter. With time, your skin and its underlying tissues will adapt to their new shape. Since the procedure removes excess fat cells from your problem areas, should you gain weight in the future, it will be distributed to other body areas and your new contour should be maintained.

As previously stated, the tumescent liposculpture procedure makes complications extremely rare, but you shouldn’t expect to look or feel great immediately following your liposculpture procedure. While effects such as bleeding, fluid accumulation and/or a resulting uneven skin surface are unlikely, they are still possible and must be considered. You, of course, will want to discuss your personal circumstances, risk factors, overall health and surgical expectations with your physician.

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