Liposuction: Recovery Timeline after surgery
Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in plastic surgery. The recovery time following liposuction is dependent on the individual patient, on the number of areas being addressed (abdomen, chest, neck, thighs, knees, legs, arms, etc) and the nature of the liposuction being performed. Liposuction can be performed on its own or in combination with other plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Azouz routinely performs liposuction in combination with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast augmentation, breast lift (mastopexy), breast reduction, male breast reduction (gynecomastia), neck lift, facelift, body lift, and with abdominal wall reconstruction.
Dr. Azouz is able to use liposuction in both aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery patients and in patients undergoing reconstructive surgery. Recovery after liposuction is often easy and quick. Even patients with a complex medical history, heavy patients, older patients, and those with a history of previous surgery can be candidates for liposuction surgery.
Dr. David Azouz an experienced Plastic Surgeon in Dallas/Plano/Fort Worth for over 30 years
As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Azouz strives to attain the best, most natural, and dramatic results in conjunction with a safe and comfortable recovery. The routine experience for patients undergoing Liposuction Surgery with Dr. Azouz is as follows. The liposuction experience can vary according to different plastic surgery needs.
Prior to Liposuction Surgery
Dr. Azouz is a plastic surgeon based in Dallas who will meet in consultation with each patient individually, prior to surgery. Dr. Azouz advises the patient on which sites they are a candidate for when planning for liposuction. There are six stages during Dr. Azouz’s liposuction consultation. Dr. Azouz almost never uses drains with liposuction. He will advise his patients which compression garments will be most effective for the quickest post-operative recovery after liposuction.
Cost of Liposuction
The cost of liposuction will vary according to the number of sites desired to be improved, the overall complexity of the surgery, and the patients’ specific desires. Some patients elect to combine liposuction procedures with other procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), male breast reduction (gynecomastia), breast lift (mastopexy), body lift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), facelift, labiaplasty, monsplasty, arm lift and with a variety of other plastic surgery procedures in order to have one recovery and one cost for their anesthesia and operating room fees.
The Night before Liposuction Surgery
Dr. Azouz advises his patients to shampoo and shower and then to shampoo and shower again the morning prior to surgery. Dr. Azouz will recommend when it is best to stop eating and drinking the night before liposuction surgery.
During Liposuction Surgery
Dr. Azouz is able to perform liposuction surgery on patients with a combination of local and sedation or with general anesthesia. Most patients elect to have their liposuction under sedation and would rather not have an endotracheal tube placed. Dr. Azouz works with anesthesiologists who are committed to providing the patient with the most optimal experience.
Dr. Azouz aims for a world-class result with the best experience possible
Dr. Azouz utilizes many diverse techniques to provide each patient with a safe, ideal, top-notch and comfortable surgery while always minimizing the risks and complications. While each patient has their own unique experience, many patients report having little pain with liposuction surgery. Many patients have repeatedly reported that the experience was one of the best medical experiences. They also often say that liposuction results are life-changing.
Two to Three Days Post Liposuction Surgery
Liposuction surgery is often reported to be painless however analgesic medications are still prescribed who report mild discomfort. Patients will wear their compression garments in the post-operative period. Patients often elect to have their surgery on a day that is followed with one to two days off of work. However many patients return to work more quickly without any detriment. In this time period, they reduce their level of physical activity. Most liposuction patients return to desk work after one to two days.
One to Three Weeks Post Liposuction Surgery
One to two weeks after liposuction patients will avoid exercise and most patients do not have any reportable pain. Many liposuction patients can go back to desk work or light duties at this point. Full compression is utilized during this time period as advised by Dr. Azouz. All stitches will usually be removed from the small liposuction incisions between 2 to 3 weeks after surgery.
Three to Six Weeks Post Liposuction Surgery
At three to four weeks after liposuction surgery, results become much more dramatic. Bruising and swelling usually improve dramatically in the first three to four weeks. Most liposuction patients can return back to light physical activity after the third week including heavy walking, elliptical, light yoga, and light aerobics.
Six Weeks Post Liposuction Surgery
Liposuction patients are usually released to full activity after six weeks. Most patients can additionally return to all physical activities or exercise routines. This includes basketball, hockey, football, heavy yoga, trampoline, skydiving, and scuba diving.
Schedule a Consultation for Liposuction
Liposuction is one of the best ways to reduce fatty pockets and boost your confidence. To get started on discussing your liposuction options, contact plastic surgeon, Dr. Azouz by calling now at (972) 702-8888 or filling out our online form.
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