Liposuction immediately removes unwanted fat from your body, but liposuction results aren’t necessarily immediately visible. A bit of patience is needed after your surgery, as your body needs time to heal from the liposuction. Knowing what to expect from the procedure and how long it can take before you see results can help you determine if it’s the right option for you.
What to Expect Right After Liposuction
Although liposuction is less invasive than other surgical procedures, it is still a type of a surgery. That means there will be some recovery and downtime needed afterwards.
Usually, initial recovery after liposuction takes about a week. During that time, you’ll want to stay home from work or school and generally take it easy. If you have young kids, it’s a good idea to have someone watch them during your recovery.
Your surgeon might give you a prescription for pain relievers to help ease any discomfort right after the procedure. You’ll be asked to wear a compression garment, which will help speed along your results. The garment holds your skin in place and puts gentle pressure on the treated area, so that it eventually diminishes in size.
Swelling is fairly common after any type of surgery, including liposuction. Everyone’s body is different and some people might have more dramatic or noticeable swelling than others. It might be that your swelling is sufficient enough after your surgery that it conceals your results for some time. In some cases, people notice a reduction in size in the area treated right after the surgery. But thanks to swelling, that initial reduction seems to fade. As soon as the swelling goes down again, you’ll begin to notice results.
Waiting for Liposuction Results
Generally speaking, it can take up to a full year after surgery before you notice the final liposuction results. How long it actually takes before you see results varies from patient to patient. Some people see a dramatic improvement by three or six months after their procedure. Some people assume that they’ve seen their final results by that point, only to realize after a full year that they’ve seen even more results. But thanks to swelling, that initial reduction seems to fade. As soon as the swelling goes down again, you’ll begin to notice results
If you aren’t happy with the results of your surgery or think you will need an additional procedure to truly get rid of your extra fat, it’s usually recommended that you wait at least a year before you decide to have a revision surgery.
What to Do to Improve Your Results
Is there anything you can do to improve your results after liposuction or to help results become visible more quickly? The answer is yes, there are a few things you can do.
One of the best ways to improve your post-liposuction results is to wear the compression garment as recommended by your surgeon. The garment will help hold everything in place after your liposuction and can help improve the shape of your body. Along with minimizing swelling after liposuction, a compression garment can also help to reduce discomfort or pain.
How long you should wear the compression garment depends on how comfortable you feel with it and what your surgeon recommends. Some people only wear their garments for a couple of weeks, while others keep theirs on for about six weeks after surgery.
Although you do want to avoid strenuous exercise for some time after your surgery, it’s important that you not be completely sedentary while you recover. Taking regular walks will help you get back to normal more quickly and will help you reduce the risk for blood clots and other surgical complications. Plus, going for walks during your initial recovery will help you get back in the swing of exercising as soon as you’re able. Usually, it’s recommended that you avoid intense physical exercise for at least four weeks after liposuction.
Maintaining Your Liposuction Results
Although the fat that’s taken away during liposuction is gone for good, the surgery isn’t a permanent weight loss method. Remaining fat cells can expand if you gain weight afterwards, undoing the results from the procedure. It’s usually recommended that you stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine after your surgery to help you get the most out of your results.
Your surgeon can give you specific advice on eating and exercising if you need more guidance. Generally, eating fewer calories, getting regular exercise and drinking plenty of water will help you enjoy the results from liposuction for many years to come.
As you get older, there might come point when you need additional surgery to keep up your results. While liposuction removes unwanted fat, it doesn’t get rid of excess skin. At some point, certain areas of your body might develop loose and sagging skin. At that point, you might consider a procedure such as a tummy tuck or body lift to help improve the tone of your skin and to help restore your shape. For some people, combining liposuction with a tummy tuck or other type of lift at the start is the option that allows them to get the best results.
Working with a board certified plastic surgeon with ample experience performing liposuction is a must if you want to get the best results possible from your surgery. In Houston, Texas, that surgeon is Dr. Paul Vitenas. To learn more about liposuction and to see if it’s the right option for you, call 281-484-0088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas today.