Care after Liposuction

After a liposuction procedure, an individual should promote proper care and follow the guidelines given by the doctor and medical staff. The key to a successful recovery is a disciplined post-operative care. Adopting healthier habits improves the result of the procedure and prevents unwanted complications. Plus it shortens the length of the recovery period.

Immediate Post-Liposuction Period

The treatment area is usually injected with a local anesthetic that causes the numbness. During the procedure, the client is very much awake. But mild sedative administration and the remaining effects of anesthesia may make one feel groggy or overly relaxed. Before the medical staff allows a client to go home, a resting time post-op is usually given. When the client becomes more alert and functional that’s the time a medical advice of going home is given.

Right after the procedure, recovery starts to take place. The surgeon usually reviews the implementations done during the surgery and immediately performs post-op care. They also give instructions and guidelines on what to expect during the time of recovery. The medical personnel may require the client to move and drink some water to promote circulation and rehydrate the body.

If general anesthesia is used, the client will stay in the facility longer until the effects of anesthetic fully wears off. Any abnormalities felt and concerns should be reported to the medical staff immediately.

Medication Therapy and Wound Care

The list of medications to take after the surgery is included in the instructions given by the surgeon. A bandage or compression garment is placed over the area where the fat is removed. The bandage might be worn for a week or more after the operation. When the procedure is performed on the legs, special stockings are used and are never removed until the swelling subsides and healing takes place.

The compression bandage or garment allows faster recovery. It prevents the shifting of affected tissues. Also, they keep the site away from infection-causing microorganisms. Not only that, it also prevent clotting of blood and supports the tissues in the area operated. Usually, the garments are allowed to be removed when taking a bath within 24 hours after the procedure was done. If the removed fats are of large amounts, drainage tubes are placed beneath the skin to prevent the build-up of fluids. This happens in rare cases only.

If you are worried about scars, then liposuction procedure should cause no alarm at all. The incision sites do not require stitches and produce no scar at all. Few days after the procedure, the doctor usually checks the incision to evaluate the progress of healing. If some problems are noted and the incision is open, then stitches might close the wound but this happens in rare cases only.

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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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