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All About Liposuction Recovery
Following the procedure, the patient should try to sleep as much as possible to accelerate the body’s natural ability to recuperate. Most forms of anaesthesia will not require such a lengthy period of rest; the type of anaesthesia provided will depend on the scale of the operation.
Pain and Swelling After Liposuction
It is common for patients to experience swelling and bruising in the areas where incisions and stitching occurred during the liposuction procedure. Compression garments and elasticized bandages are prescribed immediately after the surgery to discourage and contain swelling – these should be worn for several weeks. Physicians may also recommend the use of cold compresses to reduce swelling in affected areas and, depending on the location of the area, suggest that the area be raised to redirect circulation.
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Warning Signs that may Indicate Infection
Ibuprofen is an even more common over-the-counter option for treating adverse symptoms following a liposuction procedure. Ibuprofen helps reduce mild to moderate pain by blocking the production and reception of prostaglandins. The medication is particularly suited for easing pain, swelling, fevers, and inflammation. The use of either painkiller in conjunction with the prescribed compression garment or elastic bandage is a popular medical strategy for addressing the common array of potential complications following liposuction operations. Active care and self-monitoring on the part of the patient is the best way of ensuring optimal results for the days in between the surgery and subsequent check-ups
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Liposuction Recovery FAQ
How long does it take for the anaesthesia to wear off, and does it depend on the type?
Other forms of anaesthesia will not require such a lengthy period of hospital rest; the type of anaesthesia provided will depend on the scale of the procedure. For example, epidural anaesthesia may be employed in surgeries that only treat the lower body. It may be as minimal as two hours for the effect of the anaesthesia to wear off.
Are there any special considerations for anaemic patients considering liposuction?
What happens to the stitches patients receive at the end of liposuction surgery?
In the weeks following liposuction surgery, patients are responsible for the care and disinfection of stitches and should be as vigilant as their circumstances permit. The surgeon who performed the procedure will provide an information package on how to properly clean affected areas. It is important to keep the sutured areas as dry as possible immediately after surgery (though the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence states that it does not pose a risk of infection for post-operative patients to shower 48 hours after the stitching is performed). Individuals who receive a dressing on top of stitches must keep the entire apparatus arid until instructed otherwise. Methods of keeping these crucial areas dry may include wearing rubber gloves or a plastic bag when washing, standing while bathing and using a washcloth (as opposed to submerging the body in shower or bath water).
Some temporary lifestyle restrictions are necessary as well. For example, as a precautionary measure, patients should avoid contact sports and any other strenuous physical activity up until the stitches are removed. Otherwise, rubbing or scratching may cause the stitches to prematurely tear off, which could potentially compromise how effectively the wounds heal.
Generally, stitches on the body are removed after 7 to 10 days, though the length of time will depend a great deal on the type and scale of the procedure. Normal physical activity can typically resume relatively soon after the stitches have been removed. The operating physician will be able to give the best estimate on what the patient should be able do immediately following the removal of the sutures.