WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I HAVE SURGERY?

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I HAVE SURGERY?

You may be advised to lose some weight prior to your surgery to give you the best result to a particular area. At your Cosmetic Surgeon consultation you will need to discuss your expectations - the results will be far more successful if this is agreed with your Surgeon beforehand.

If you are a smoker, or take aspirin or any other medication, your Cosmetic Surgeon will wish to discuss this with you at your consultation. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you when you are to discontinue and/or resume these activities.

THE DAY OF YOUR LIPOSUCTION SURGERY

Your Cosmetic Surgeon will visit you in your room and draw marks around the areas to be treated. He will also obtain your final consent and answer any last minute questions you may have. The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic, or local anaesthetic with sedation often as a day case, taking one - two hours. A very small incision is used to insert the cannula to extract the fat and sometimes this is closed with a stitch or dissolvable suture. When you wake up from your anaesthetic you will have a support garment applied. You will be offered painkillers and may be given antibiotics.

GOING HOME AFTER LIPOSUCTION SURGERY

Your Cosmetic Surgeon will discharge you. You will be offered painkillers and may be given antibiotics. You will need someone to accompany you/collect you to drive you home.

RECOVERY FROM LIPOSUCTION SURGERY

It is completely normal to experience swelling, bruising and soreness to the area after liposuction surgery but this should subside one to two weeks after the procedure. However, the full results of the surgery are often not seen until six weeks after surgery when the area returns to normal and the incisions have fully healed. Because the incisions made are so small, any scarring will be minimal and will fade quickly over time, leaving you with smooth skin in the treated area. Your surgeon will advise you on when you can commence normal daily activity and exercise, but you will normally be asked to take one to two weeks off work to recover. You will be required to wear a post-surgery support garment to help keep the treated area supported and protected.


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