What are my post-operative instructions?
- Have someone drive you home after surgery and be with you that night. You should also have someone help you at home for 1-2 days.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Follow balanced diet.
- Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may want to add more raw fruit to your diet, and be sure to increase fluid intake.
- Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take nonsteroidal pain medication (such as ibuprofen or naproxen) or aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon.
- Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medications.
- Even when not taking pain medications, no alcohol for 3 weeks as it causes fluid retention.
- If you are taking vitamins with iron, resume these as tolerated.
- Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.
- You need to purchase your compression garment and bring it with you to the hospital the day of surgery
What should my activity level be?
- You may shower 48 hours after surgery
- Start walking as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.
- Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
- Discuss your time off from work with your surgeon; this varies according to surgery.
- Activities involving the affected sites should be minimized for approximately 2 weeks.
- Strenuous exercise and activities such as sports should be avoided for 3-4 weeks, depending on the extent of the surgery.
How do I take care of my incision?
- Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 12 months.
- Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or greater).
- If your surgeon placed steri-strips on any part of your incisions, keep them on.
- Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection.
- No tub soaking while sutures or drains are in place.
- You will be discharged wearing a pressure garment over the treated area. Most patients will wear pressure garment for 6-8 weeks.
- Wear pressure garment 24 hours per day for 6 weeks.
- Try to wash the garment while you shower, such that immediately after showering, you should reapply pressure garment and gauze to cover areas of incisions.
What can I expect to feel?
- The small incision sites will be covered with gauze to protect these areas.
- Most of the swelling and discoloration usually subsides in 6-8 weeks, but some may persist for 6 months or more.
- Expect temporary numbness, bruising, swelling, soreness, burning sensation, bleeding, pain and discomfort.
- You may have fluid drainage from incision sites. This fluid drainage is usually blood-tinged, so it may look like bleeding. However, bleeding is very rarely encountered after liposuction procedures.
- You may feel stiff and sore for a few days.
- It is normal to feel a bit anxious or depressed in the days or weeks following surgery; but, generally, after about a week, you should begin to feel better.
- Bruising may be apparent beyond the areas of liposuction, partially due to gravity.
- You will have small incision sites at the point of introduction of the instrument (cannula) used to remove the fat tissue.
- A healthy diet and regular exercise helps to maintain your new figure.
What follow-up care will I receive?
- You should expect to have regular followup with your surgeon, at least the first postoperative appointment should be within 1 week.
When should I call my doctor?
- If you have increased swelling or bruising.
- If swelling and redness
persist after a few days.
- If you have increased redness along the incision.
- If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication.
- If you have
any side effects to medications; such as, rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.
- If you have an oral temperature over 100.4 degrees.
- If you have
any yellowish or greenish drainage from the incisions or notice a foul odor.
- If you have
bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.
- If you have loss of feeling or motion.