Liposuction: Meeting Patient Expectations

The idea of liposuction can be quite appealing and the results can be rewarding. And while the results can vary among patients, there are some things that liposuction patients can do to promote optimal liposuction recovery. The recovery period is often uneventful, but should any of the following occur be certain to have learned from your plastic surgeon how to help improve the final outcome, including:

  • Bruising: Bruising often occurs following liposuction. The extent of bruising varies among patients due to a variety of factors. In part, the severity of a bruise is associated with the time period that a bruise will appear and the color of the bruise. Bruises are more likely to occur in patients with certain medical conditions such as low blood-latelet levels or poor nutrition resulting in inadequate nutrients for the body. Plastic surgeons provide a list of preoperative instructions prior to surgery so liposuction patients can be equipped to fight off bruises. They may recommend the use of Arnica and/or Bromelain to prevent and reduce the risk of bruising. They may advise compresses or other methods to reduce bruising.
  • Raised Scars: Some people are likely to scar more than others. Plastic surgeons use tools to reduce the risk of raised scarring. After liposuction surgery, they may apply silicone or hydrogel sheets to reduce the risk of raised scars. Plastic surgeons may also advise the use of scar creams, gels or ointments. In fact, liposuction incisions are usually placed in inconspicuous locations should a raised scar develop after surgery.
  • Irregular Body Contouring: Irregular body contouring may occur in a small number of liposuction patients. Liposuction patients may improve the risk of irregular body contouring by following post operative instructions. For example, it is important to be properly fitted for the garment that is required to be worn following surgery. The garment helps to properly mold the refined body contour. Tightening of the garment which may be the result of swelling should be reported to your plastic surgeon. He or she may advise medications to reduce swelling or may recommend an alternative garment for the time being. The fit of the garment has a role in the outcome of the refined body contour. Finally, the garment must be worn for the time period that is directed by your plastic surgeon.

It is important for people interested in liposuction to be prepared to receive a wealth of information about liposuction at the time of an initial consultation with a plastic surgeon. The information provided here cannot replace the information received by a plastic surgeon. Bring a notepad and take notes so you don’t forget the small details that can make a difference in the result of your liposuction procedure.

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