One of the risk factors of liposuction doesn’t relate to the surgery but rather what happens afterward. After liposuction, you no longer have fat cells in that area of your body.
If you get liposuction and then later gain weight, the fat that might have gone to the liposuction site will find another place to go. It could go to any other area of the body where you retain fat. This is one of the reasons it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle after liposuction.
What’s the recovery time?
You should be able to restart your exercise program after about two weeks, and generally, you feel like your complete self after about four weeks. You might have to wear a compression garment for six to eight weeks to reduce swelling.
Meanwhile, the scars from incisions should be almost invisible within six months.
You won’t see the full results from liposuction for at least a few months. There’s always swelling after liposuction, and it takes time for all that swelling to go away. You will shrink every week and continue to shrink for three to six months.
What’s the follow-up?
After your procedure, your doctor will likely want to see you at various intervals to see how you’re coming along.
Most people only get liposuction once in an area of the body. For example, if you get liposuction in your stomach, your doctor likely won’t recommend you do that again. Sometimes people get liposuction in another area of the body. It’s a decision that should be discussed between you and your doctor.
Sources: Dr. Derek Shadid, Shadid Plastic Surgery Associates; MedlinePlus; The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
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Ever wonder what it’s like to have a knee replacement? To undergo a heart scan? To have a colonoscopy? This is part of a continuing series of articles called “What’s it Like?” in which The Oklahoman explains common medical procedures people may elect to participate in or be required to undergo. This week’s topic: What’s it like to get liposuction?