Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure that removes excess pockets of fat from areas of your body that prove resistant to diet and exercise. It is not an alternate weight loss solution. Some people, especially the media, try to portray liposuction procedures as something simple and easy, with no pain or recovery time involved.
That is not the case however; tumescent liposuction is an invasive medical procedure that requires some downtime and recovery afterwards. New York City cosmetic surgeon Dr. Lefkovits will go over your post-operative care plan with you during your consultation time.
Traditional post-operative care methods
Much of the bad press given to liposuction procedures comes from the painful recovery attributed to old-fashioned post-operative care.
Traditional after-care methods include:
- Closing the incision
- High compression elastic garments
- Extensive follow-up visits
These traditional methods usually protracted the amount of pain, swelling, and overall discomfort following surgery by keeping the excess fluid inside the body.
Instead of the high compression elastic garments, two compression dressings, called bimodal dressings are used. These help ensure that proper drainage of the blood-tinged tumescent fluid occurs. There are two stages:
- A high degree of compression is maintained as long as drainage occurs, plus an additional 24 hours.
- 24 hours after drainage ceases, moderate or no compression is used and is typically continued for patient comfort
Open drainage leaves the incisions, called adits, open after surgery, allowing the excess fluid to escape. This minimizes the swelling and bruising that used to occur with the old methods.
Full drainage takes approximately three to five days to complete, with a follow up visit to ensure that the incisions do not close prematurely. Because the solution contains anesthesia in it, the first day or two may not be as painful as subsequent days, but the pain is usually controlled with over the counter medication.
Massage and Ultrasound
Beginning one week after surgery, we highly recommend a series 5-6 weekly massage and ultrasound treatments which are given in-house. These treatments facilitate the healing process by helping to reduce swelling and by increasing the blood supply.
Even with the new post-operative care techniques, you may experience the following after the tumescent liposuction:
In order to minimize these risks it is important to find an experienced cosmetic surgeon who practices the latest post-operative care with liposuction techniques.
Dr. Lefkovits, a New York City cosmetic surgeon has years of experience performing tumescent liposuction and other cosmetic procedures. Please contact New York tumescent liposuction specialist Dr. Lefkovits today to schedule an initial consultation.
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