Liposuction is a major cosmetic surgery procedure involving a significant recovery process. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will explain all aspects of liposuction to the patient, including the estimated recovery. Patient will have a clear idea of how long it may take before they can return to their normal routine.
After the surgery, a list of post-operative care instructions will be provided to the patient and their caregiver. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Fortes provides liposuction and other procedures to patients in Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and surrounding locations.
Early Recovery Phase
Once the effect of anesthesia wears off, the patient will experience some pain and soreness in the incision areas. They will also have some swelling and redness after the surgery. Swelling may last for several weeks or even months in some cases. Drainage tubes under the skin in the incision areas may be placed for the first week to drain fluid away from the wound.
The patient will be required to wear a compression garment in the treated areas to keep the skin tight following liposuction plastic surgery. These garments may have to be worn for a few weeks. The patient will usually have to visit the surgeon for monitoring the healing progress at the end of first week. Drains and sutures may be removed during this appointment.
Instructions for Recovery
The patient should be committed to following all the care instructions given by the surgeon for a safe and healthy recovery. They will be required to refrain from smoking for several days. Instructions will include information about how to drain and measure the fluid, wearing compression garment, taking prescription antibiotics or pain meds, and the level of activity that is safe in the first few weeks.
The surgeon will also inform about the symptoms that are normal and any potential signs of complications. The estimated recovery period can vary depending on the amount of fat removal performed and other factors.
Recovery after Two Weeks
While walking and light activities can be performed soon after the liposuction surgery, vigorous exercises and lifting of heavy weights must be avoided for about four to six weeks because it can cause fluid retention in the incision areas. Direct sun and heat exposure and sun bathing should be avoided for at least six weeks considering the possibility to swelling.
The patient should diligently wear the compression garment over the treated areas at all times for the first four to six weeks. This will help to control swelling and improve skin contraction. Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Fortes receives patients for liposuction from Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and other cities and areas in this part of the state.
Long Term Recovery
The healing process takes place gradually, and the final results will continue to establish over several months as the swelling gets progressively reduced. Incision marks will fade over several months, and may become minimally visible over time. The patient should visit the surgeon for follow-up appointments at prescribed intervals to ensure safe and complete recovery.
For more information about the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes please click here or call 713-354-5123. Serving patients in Houston, Katy, The Woodlands, Beaumont, Port Arthur and other surrounding areas of Texas.