You have lost weight and improved your health. You like the shape of your body, but you still have a few areas where stubborn fat persists. You have done your research, and you have spoken to doctors. It’s time to take a positive step toward increasing your self-esteem and giving yourself the body shape that you’ve always wanted. You’ve decided that a Las Vegas liposuction treatment is right for you.
Las Vegas liposuction is a surgical procedure. Although Las Vegas liposuction has a high rate of success and a low rate of complications, no surgery is truly routine. Before you undergo your Las Vegas liposuction procedure, it’s wise to prepare yourself for post-surgical care and for the lifestyle changes that you may need to make. In this article, we’ll explain what you can expect in the days and weeks following your liposuction treatment.
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Driving Home After Las Vegas Liposuction
You may feel a bit woozy following your liposuction procedure, even if the procedure was only performed under local anesthesia. You should go to your liposuction session with someone who can drive you home. All surgical procedures drain the mind and body. Do not attempt to drive yourself home.
Compression Garment After Las Vegas Liposuction
Las Vegas Liposuction creates an empty space where the body previously stored fat. The body’s natural tendency is to fill the space with fluid, so Dr. Zimmerman may send you home with a compression garment for support, pain relief and minimization of fluid buildup.
The length of time during which you will need to wear the compression garment depends on the liposuction technique chosen by Dr. Zimmerman to achieve your aesthetic goals. If you receive stitches, you’ll need to wear the compression garment for about six weeks while the body absorbs the residual fluid from the liposuction procedure. Other surgeons leave the incisions open to encourage draining. If your incisions are open, you’ll only need to wear the compression garment for about six days — or until no fluid has drained from the body for more than 24 hours.
Pain Relief After Las Vegas Liposuction
After Las Vegas liposuction, it is common to feel soreness and tenderness for the first few days. If your pain tolerance is low, ask us to prescribe a pain medication. It is also safe to take acetaminophen for pain. Avoid taking any other pain medication such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Any medication that impedes blood clotting can slow the recovery process after your Las Vegas liposuction treatment. Some supplements can also impede clotting; tell your surgeon about any supplements or medications that you take.
If a medication is provided, you should take it as prescribed unless the pain that you experience is significantly less than expected. Narcotic pain medications do not eliminate all pain, they reduce pain to make it more manageable. They also take a while to work. If you wait until the pain peaks before taking medication, you may find the pain difficult to manage because it will become more severe before it starts to lessen. Call us if you find the pain too severe to manage even when taking narcotic pain medications. Extremely severe pain may be a sign of a more serious problem.
Use caution and ask us about the best ways to use heating pads, water bottles or cold packs to relieve post-liposuction pain. Liposuction involves the use of topical anesthetic, and portions of your body will remain numb for some time after the procedure. If you attempt to relieve postoperative pain using heat or cold, you could potentially burn your skin or give yourself frostbite.
Preventing Infection after Las Vegas Liposuction
You’ll need to exercise special care after your Las Vegas liposuction treatment to keep the incisions clean and prevent infection. If Dr. Zimmerman uses the open drainage technique, blood and fluids will drain from the incisions for the first several days after the procedure. You’ll need to wear pads under your compression garment to absorb the fluids.
Shower at least once per day after the procedure. Wash the incisions carefully, and dry them with a clean towel. Your surgeon will prescribe antibiotics; take them as directed. Until the incisions heal completely, you should avoid bathing in a tub or swimming.
Watching for Signs of Infection after Las Vegas Liposuction
When you shower or change your absorbent pads, you should examine your incisions for potential signs of infection. Some signs include:
- Abnormal body temperature
- Redness, swelling or localized pain around the incisions
- Smelly discharge
Infections after liposuction are rare. If you keep the incisions clean, change your absorbent pads as directed and take antibiotics as prescribed, it is unlikely that you’ll experience any complications. If you notice any of the symptoms above, contact us immediately.
Slight itching is normal as surgical incisions heal. If you experience itching, an anti-itch medication such as Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) may help. Remember, though, that Diphenhydramine can cause drowsiness — and you will already feel occasional drowsiness during your recovery period. Until you know how your body reacts to Diphenhydramine, do not attempt to drive after taking it. You may also find that bathing with an oatmeal-based soap can help to relieve itching.
Activity Level after Las Vegas Liposuction
For the first day after your Las Vegas liposuction treatment, you’ll want to rest and keep your level of physical activity low. Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery for the first 24 hours after treatment. You should also avoid stressful situations and important decisions. Walk periodically to prevent blood clots from forming.
The second day after the liposuction treatment, you should start to feel your energy returning and can resume some normal activities. You can return to work in as little as four days. You can also engage in light exercise as soon as you feel well enough. Don’t push yourself too hard, though, most patients feel moderately sore and tired for several days after receiving liposuction.
During your recovery period, you may experience occasional dizziness when standing up, removing your compression garment or using the bathroom. Exercise care to ensure that you don’t lose your balance near a counter, table or toilet. If you feel dizzy, rest quietly until the dizziness subsides. If dizziness occurs in the bathroom, sit on the floor to prevent injury. Drink plenty of water to maintain your body’s fluid levels.
Evaluating Your New Shape after Las Vegas Liposuction
You may examine your body in the initial days after Las Vegas liposuction and worry that you made the wrong decision because your new contour isn’t quite what you expected. Don’t worry; after the removal of subcutaneous fat, it may take some time before the remaining fat settles into place. During that time, the shape of your body may not appear entirely natural. Before you examine your body with a critical eye, wait until you’ve fully recovered.
Don’t bother weighing yourself during your recovery period. Although Las Vegas liposuction removes fat from the body, it also adds fluids. It’ll take some time for the fluids administered during the procedure to drain from the body. If you maintain a healthy diet and activity level, you should notice slight weight loss after your recovery is complete. Remember, though, that liposuction isn’t a weight loss treatment. You’ll see an improvement in your body’s shape, but the results won’t necessarily translate into a lower number on the scale.
Maintaining Your New Shape after Las Vegas Liposuction
Las Vegas liposuction isn’t a substitute for a healthy lifestyle — it is a way to dramatically improve the contour of your body if pockets of subcutaneous fat exist even though you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen. To have the best possible outcome from liposuction, you must work out regularly and avoid excessive eating. If you’ve made the decision that liposuction is for you, commit now to living the healthiest possible lifestyle in the days leading up to your treatment.
Exercise is doubly important after you undergo liposuction. A 2012 study of liposuction patients found that fat returns to the body if a patient is inactive after liposuction. To make matters worse, the fat that accumulates isn’t subcutaneous — it’s visceral. Visceral fat collects around the internal organs and leads to heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic disorders. Exercising and maintaining a healthy diet after liposuction aren’t just important for maintaining your body’s shape — they are crucial for maintaining your overall health.
Liposuction removes fat cells from the body permanently. As such, the new contour of your body is permanent. As long as you maintain a healthy level of activity and do not gain weight, your body will keep its new shape indefinitely. The decision to undergo liposuction is a big one. It is a major financial investment. It is emotionally and physically draining — but it can also improve the shape of your body forever. Ensure that you’ll experience the best possible outcome by committing yourself to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
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