When you think about having liposuction, what you are probably imagining the most is how great you will look after you get rid of those stubborn fat cells across your midsection (or your backside, or arms). We have conducted liposuction procedures on various areas of the body, and patients tend to be very satisfied with their results. The outcome regarding appearance is only one aspect of the process of body-sculpting through liposuction. There is also the matter of recovery, and that means we should talk about swelling.
Swelling isn’t necessarily a short-term side-effect.
You know how liposuction works. A tiny cannula is inserted into the area of unwanted fat. The cells are slightly disrupted with vibration or tumescent fluid and are then gently removed forever. The process is gentle enough, but there is a bit of trauma to the tissues of the surgical site. Nothing dramatic, but enough to mean healing is necessary.
Initially, swelling is noticeable. Fortunately, this swelling decreases progressively over several weeks. It is after this time when things may get unpredictable. Sometimes, patients notice that they appear more swollen on certain days. This could be because they have increased their activity. It could alternatively be because they are sedentary! We recommend walking short distances right after liposuction, and gradually increasing over time. If swelling occurs, you can elevate the part of the body that is retaining fluid to encourage excretion from those tissues.
Compression will help to swell; exercise may not.
It may seem unpleasant to have to wear a compression garment, but most patients appreciate the benefits once they do it. Compression stabilizes tissues so too much movement does not occur during the time when swelling and bruising are most significant.
It may also seem unpleasant to have to “sit around” while your body heals from liposuction. We say, go for a walk. As bruising and swelling subside, and your energy is restored, you can add to your physical activities. We support our patients through this transition, so they do not engage in too much too soon, ultimately inhibiting their recovery.
We have offices in Hazleton and Pottsville, where we are happy to meet you to discuss your aesthetic goals. Contact us for your consultation.