I have performed liposuction for years near Walnut Creek, California, at my plastic surgery practice, and I get the occasional patient who thinks it will be a quick and easy weight loss shortcut. The truth is that liposuction is not a weight loss treatment at all; it’s best for patients who are already close to their ideal weight and want to target stubborn pockets of fat. Surgical procedures come with side effects and some discomfort, but preparing can help to diminish these components of the treatment process.
Following a liposuction procedure, patients will wear a LYCRA® compression garment. This will help to reduce swelling while maintaining mobility. Usually, patients can easily control post-op pain or discomfort with oral pain medication.
Tip: Fill your prescriptions prior to surgery to prevent pharmacy delays or other logistical concerns.
The exact recovery process will depend on factors such as the extent of the procedure and patient health, but most people can move around the house within 2 days and get back to normal activities between 7 and 10 days. After 2 weeks, the majority of swelling should subside.
One of the keys to a comfortable recovery process is choosing a practice that is under the supervision of a board-certified plastic surgeon. The staff will be available to address all of your needs throughout the treatment process.