Men and women who visit Silicon Valley plastic surgeon Dr. Regina Rosenthal for liposuction do so because they want to feel slimmer; to get rid of the fullness that makes a particular body part stand out in a way they do not like.
Liposuction is a wonderful method of body-contouring that has been safely performed for decades. With advances in technology, the process of fat-removal has even improved, become gentler and more efficient. Our patients are treated with ultrasound-assisted liposuction, which smoothly disrupts fat cells from their hiding places before extraction. Even with the improvements in this procedure, patients should expect to experience the fullness of swelling after their procedure. Here, we will discuss the nuances of post-operative swelling related to liposuction.
Make friends with swelling. It will be here awhile.
Of course, the whole reason you want to have liposuction is that you want a certain part of your body to look smaller and more toned. The idea of swelling standing between you and your final results can feel a little frustrating. Here’s what you should know. First, most of your swelling will disappear within the first month after your procedure. Second, the subtle swelling will linger for up to a year. But there’s more.
One of the interesting things about post-liposuction swelling is that it does not follow a straight path from “there” to “not there.” Some days you may look more swollen than others. Rest may be one culprit, and activity the other. For example, if you have liposuction on your arms, swelling may occur when your arms are resting at your sides. Light exercise and elevation can encourage fluid to move through the tissues and process through the kidneys more quickly.
Also, make friends with your compression garment.
Compression garments are a valuable recovery tool. They may initially secure drains if you have them. Compression also minimizes post-operative swelling by supporting the healing tissues and preventing disruption from too much movement.
A final word on liposuction recovery and swelling is to remember to take it slow. There is no race back to the gym or into your active lifestyle. Too much activity can be a bad thing for your healing body.
If you have questions about liposuction or any other cosmetic procedure, we’d love to talk with you. Call (408) 559-4700 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Rosenthal.