Laser liposuction has quickly become the preference for fat removal for both patients and surgeons. The new age procedure is safer, offers better results, and the recovery time is often cuts recovery time to fractions. Even though the recovery time is much shorter than with other liposuction procedures, patients still need to schedule a certain amount of post-operative recovery therapy. The amount of time that needs to be scheduled and expected is dependent upon the area from which you have fat removed.
Patients should expect to wake up after liposuction with slight pain and discomfort. Some patients have a lower pain threshold, so they may feel more pain than others. As the anesthesia wears off, you may feel sore and even nauseous with chills. This is normal, although it is the hardest part of the recovery time.
Recovery begins as soon as the surgery ends. You will be placed in a recovery room where vital signs are watched. Nurses will attend to you and watch your health to make sure no adverse reactions occur. They may even give you an analgesic when you first wake to help dull the pain. The nurses may even persuade you to walk around, if it is possible.
After laser liposuction, you will not be able to drive home. It is important for patients to schedule a friend or family member to pick them up and drive them home since the full effects of the anesthesia and its associated side effects will not be completely subsided. The person who helps you get home may also need to drive to the pharmacy to pick up your prescription for pain.
Part of recovery is also the need to watch incisions for any infections or abnormal leakage. During recovery, you will need to minimize your risks of causing harm to your healing wounds or it can lead to a trip to the emergency room. The incisions are expected to be numb and swollen as they heal. The swelling will interfere with observed results, so part of allowing your body to heal is important when gauging your expectations for results from plastic surgery. Such is the cost of liposuction.
If you have had any facial liposuction, your plastic surgeon may ask you to follow a certain diet plan. Risk of infection is greater since bacteria can easily get into wounds from food or drinks. It may even feel unpleasant and uncomfortable to eat, so you may also expect some weight loss to occur.
After several weeks (or days for some surgeries like abdominal liposuction), you will be able to resume normal activity. You may not be able to participate in long physical activities since your body is still recovering. If you exercise regularly, you may need to regain some of your endurance.
Finally, expect to have a follow up appointment after laser liposuction with your physician to have any stitches removed and a formal checkup. It