We have heard about the wonders of liposuction as a cosmetic surgery most men and women speak incessantly of as the perfect procedure to sculpt their body silhouette. Let us take a look at liposuction before and after the surgery, so someone who has not undergone one will know how and what to prepare and what to expect post-surgery.
Liposuction before and after the procedure: The preparation
Communicate with your surgeon. Let your surgeon know all about your medical history. Some information about your overall health, lifestyle, and daily activities may affect the procedure, so full disclosure of your overall health is essential. Let him know your expectations about the results of the surgery, so if it is too idealistic, he can curb it down to a realistic level.
Medication. Your surgeon may restrict you from taking medications like blood thinners and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), at least 2-3 weeks before the surgery.
Assistance postop. If the liposuction procedure is performed in more than one area or a large amount of fat is to be removed, your surgical procedure may require general anaesthesia, so arranging for someone to drive you home after the surgery is a must. You can also ask a family or friend to help you with the house for a couple of days after surgery as limited movement and activity is recommended post-surgery.
Liposuction before and after the procedure: The procedure
The surgeon may draw circles and lines as his reference during the surgery. He can use different techniques in removing the fat from the body. He can:
- Inject large amounts of a diluted solution composed mainly of salt water, lidocaine, and epinephrine to loosen the subcutaneous fat (tumescent)
- Use ultrasound-assisted liposuction that liquefies the fat
- Use high-intensity laser light that melts the fat under the skin to make it easier to remove
Whatever technique he chooses to perform, he will still utilise a steel tube called cannula that is connected to a suction device that easily vacuums excess fat during the procedure. He inserts this into the body through small incisions he made using the marks he drew before the surgery.
Depending on the technique and the amount of fat that needs removing, your procedure may last for at least an hour to 2 hours. Your surgeon may also require you to stay overnight or stay for a few hours in the recovery room then allow you to go home with assistance once you are stable.
Liposuction before and after the procedure: The results and aftercare
After the liposuction, you may feel tender around the postsurgical area. You may also notice swelling and bruising around that part. Your surgeon should have discussed with you what symptoms are normal and what would alarm you so you would call or go directly to his office if any of those complications arise. Otherwise, he may prescribe you with pain medications to alleviate any discomfort post-surgery as well as antibiotics to prevent risk for infection.
You need to wear tight postsurgical garments to control the swelling. The remaining fat is just starting to settle and reposition, so you may notice some shape abnormalities around the postsurgical area. Expect to see the results of the surgery once the swelling subsides in 2-3 weeks time. Maintain and follow a regular exercise routine and proper diet to make the effects long-lasting.