Liposuction is not a weight loss regime; it is done to remove lumps and bumps of fatty tissue that look unsightly, but it is really for sculpting the body shape, not to lose weight. That said, some weight loss will occur after it because during the procedure fat is sucked out of the body.
After the procedure you will find that there is swelling and some hardness as the body works to break down and get rid loosened fat deposits that were not removed. This can last up to 6 months, depending how comprehensive the liposuction was. But often swelling has all disappeared by 3-4 months. There are some things you can do both before and afterwards to help get the best results from your liposuction procedure.
- Choose the best person to do it. A dermatologic surgeon who performs the procedure at a hospital is the best way to go. That way, if anything should happen during the procedure there will be plenty of care right to hand.
- Keep your weight as close as possible to normal for your age and height. Liposuction is not for losing weight. Your skin needs to be firm and elastic for the best result, not saggy with fat.
- Choose the best liposuction procedure for you after consulting with your doctor. There are several different types of procedures; the safest and most effective is called tumescent liposuction. A local anaesthetic is given and the fat is injected with anaesthetic liquid before removal. This reduces bruising and makes the fat easier to remove.
- If the doctor gives you post-operative directions, follow them to a T. You might need to walk around or wear a compression garment – or both. Do it.
- Don’t be upset if you don’t look wonderful the day after. It takes several months for the final result to be noticed.
- Always ask questions rather than passively accepting what is happening. You need to take an active role in your healthcare. Besides, knowing what is happening and what to expect will ensure you don’t worry so much.
- If you take supplements bought over the counter, be sure to let your doctor know. He may ask you to stop taking them for a certain time. This is because some vitamins and herbal medications slow blood from clotting or cause bleeding during surgery. This will not be good for you. Don’t start to take them again until the doctor says you can.
- Realise that not all areas of the body are treatable by liposuction. Be guided by your doctor and only have those areas done that will give the result you want. Other procedures may give a better result.