WILL ANESTHESIA AND PAIN RELIEF BY USED DURING / AFTER SURGERY?
Liposuction surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the size of the treatment area, the amount of fat to be extracted and the liposuction technique used. Small procedures can be done in the office with local anesthesia, but larger ones are performed in the operating room with sedation or general anesthesia.
You will be made comfortable throughout the whole procedure. The choices during surgery include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. After surgery, you will be given instructions on pain relief medication. You will be given a narcotic pain medication which may be helpful for the first several days after the procedure.
WHAT HAPPENS IMMEDIATELY AFTER SURGERY?
While liposuction recovery greatly varies from one patient to another, there are some general guidelines on what to expect during the healing process. Immediately following surgery patients will be wrapped in surgical garments to control post-operative swelling. Mild discomfort, soreness and swelling are common and with proper care and easily managed.
Our patients initially recover in the recovery room, observed by our licensed nurses. After a short period when you are awake and comfortable, you will be able to go home to rest.
In most cases, you will be placed in a compression garment at the time of surgery. This is to decrease swelling in the period after surgery. The swelling will be less if you wear the garments as directed. We usually recommend wearing the garments f0r 3-6 weeks depending on the areas involved.
HOW LONG WILL COMPLETE RECOVERY TAKE?
The speed and comfort level associated with liposuction surgery recovery depends on the type of liposuction performed, the volume of fat removed and the anesthesia used. Of course, if liposuction is being combined with other cosmetic procedures, the recovery may be more extensive. Liposuction surgery is a procedure that is uniquely tailored for each patient and therefore each patient’s recovery experience is different. After your initial consultation we will be able to better inform you of what to expect during your recuperation and what you need to do to at home to help facilitate healing.
Most of our liposuction Richmond patients are able to return to work within three to seven days, depending on the extent of the procedure. Results are visible almost immediately and continue to improve throughout the healing process. With this surgery there is swelling. This is maximal at two to three days after surgery and then quickly decreases. 80% of the swelling is gone by six weeks after surgery.
In the first few days patients often experience mild discomfort, bruising and swelling, all of which are considered normal and treated with prescription medicine.