One of the best-known and most practiced aesthetic interventions is liposuction. It is a surgical procedure that allows you to remove accumulated fat from specific body parts. Although it is a joint operation, we must be cautious with specific details both before and after the intervention if we want it to be a success. For this reason, at FastlyHeal, we give you all the keys to the postoperative period and care about liposuction. Follow the instructions, guidelines, and medical recommendations to avoid complications and guarantee a sensational result; look at the liposuction section in multiestetica and see their actual experiences.
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What is liposuction?
Liposuction, also known as liposculpture, is a cosmetic surgery intervention whose objective is to extract localized fat from various body areas such as the abdomen, breasts, arms, jowls, hips, thighs, buttocks, knees or ankles.
Thanks to this operation, the patient will be able to shape his body by eliminating all that accumulated fatty tissue leftover. On some occasions, it can be reinjected in more critical areas.
Liposuction is an intervention that is performed under local or general anesthesia and consists of sucking out the fat from the area to be treated through a cannula. It usually lasts one or two hours, during which the patient will lose a large amount of fluid that must be replaced intravenously. This intervention stipulates between one and two days of hospital admission to control post-surgery inflammation and prevent edema formation.
Healthy people with an average weight but localized excess fat are the best candidates for liposuction since the risk is minimal and the results are spectacular.
Care before liposuction
Before undergoing any surgery, you should consider certain aspects that can help facilitate the work of professionals and guarantee the best results after the operation. In the case of liposuction, the doctor recommends not taking aspirin or medications containing salicylates during the two weeks before and after the intervention. Likewise, it is convenient to use germicidal soaps to wash the body on the previous days.
As for the day of the intervention, you must bear in mind that it is necessary to go with comfortable clothes and wear the substantial compression stockings or girdle that the doctor has indicated.
Care after liposuction
Once the liposuction has been performed, during the following 24 hours, it is essential to rest completely. It is usual for a large amount of bloody liquid to come out of the drains that can stain the bandage for the first two days. It would help if you did not worry about this secretion since it is nothing more than the anesthetic solution mixed with blood. During the first few hours, the patient will notice some drowsiness, mild or varying degrees of pain or discomfort, and even a slight increase in body temperature. All of these symptoms are normal and should not be alarming.
After the first 24 hours, the drains will be removed, and the stitches will be closed. In addition, it is common to use compression stockings to reshape the figure and prevent sagging. After completing the first day after the intervention, it is essential to carry out the following carefully so that recovery after liposuction is quick and successful. Take note:
- Once the drains have been removed, try to walk for half an hour about four times a day. These walks will make it easier for the body to settle down and the skin to look firmer. Rest between walk and walk.
- After the intervention, you can take warm water showers. Avoid contact with hot water or long-term baths.
- Once the drains are removed, you will be able to massage the area for at least two months to model and improve the effects of liposuction.
- Try not to spend too much time standing or sitting.
- Avoid intense physical activities (jumping, aerobics, paddle tennis, spinning…) and exercises involving violent movements during the first month.
- Apply rosehip oil on scars to improve healing and speed it up.
- Wear moderate compression stockings for the first month after liposuction. Of course, you should pay close attention to not forming folds since they could cause complications.
- Avoid the sun, especially if bruises have appeared. Use high-factor sunscreens during the first six months after the intervention; this way, you will help heal and avoid marks. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure and repeat every 2 hours.
- Follow the antibiotic treatment recommended by the doctor.
- Do not forget to follow a balanced diet and continue practicing moderate sports to avoid localized fat accumulation again.
Hospital admission after liposuction will depend on the intervention itself and the number of areas that have been treated. Both the inflammation and the bruises that may appear after the surgery will gradually disappear over the ten days after the operation. Do not forget to go to regular appointments with your doctor and follow its guidelines. Although you will already be able to appreciate the first changes in your silhouette during the first month after the intervention, the definitive results will not be evident until a few months have passed.
This article is merely informative; at FastlyHeal.com, we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any diagnosis. We invite you to go to a doctor in the event of presenting any condition or discomfort.
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I am a Surgeon with a diploma in comprehensive ultrasound and surgical care residency, an area I am specializing in. During the exercise of my profession, I have realized the need for patients to know the diseases they suffer, and I can tell you that a large part of their complications is due to a lack of information. Being a health web writer allows me to transmit my experience, without borders, to all those readers eager for knowledge, educate them in the prevention of diseases and promote a healthy lifestyle.