Important Things to Expect After a Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction may sound scary for most people, but it is a beneficial tool towards efficient fat removal that is resistant to exercise and diet.
Are you looking into having a liposuction surgery? For most patients, it’s just like treating a giant bruise. Life post-surgery is not really that severe—it won’t keep you from doing the usual things like walking and reading.
What are those important things you should expect after a liposuction surgery? Here are some answers to the usual questions:
Will there be scars after the liposuction surgery?
Whenever possible, liposuction incisions are hidden in natural skin folds and creases. The equipment is inserted through very tiny incisions, and the number of these incisions will depend highly on the number of places you would want to be treated and how easy it is to remove fats in those specific areas.
How many clothing sizes will I go down?
This question is difficult to answer. It is impossible to predict. However, you will definitely notice a reduction in fatty tissues in the specific treated area.
There is no guarantee that it will translate into a clothing size drop.
Is it possible to see positive results right away?
An effective liposuction can cause intense swelling. It can last a few weeks or months, and good results wouldn’t be visible by then. To reduce the swelling from the liposuction procedure, you need to wear a compression garment for around 4 to 6 weeks. This will help with pain control.
Can fat grow back?
Once the fat is removed from a particular area, it will definitely not grow back. The remaining fat cells will get bigger with weight gain. Since there are fewer fat cells in a specific treated area, other parts which were not treated may seem to increase in size.
How much fat of the fat will be removed?
You should remember that there is limit on the amount of fat that can be removed, without the need of an overnight hospital confinement. It is around 5 liters (10 pounds). However, there are cases that it is not possible to remove this much fat. It all depends on the patient’s health condition.
Here are some reasons to stop the liposuction procedure, prior to removing 5 liters of fat:
- When the body area being treated begins to bleed
- The patient’s desired result was already achieved before reaching 5 liters
- The patient doesn’t have 5 liters of fat in the area being treated
The bottom line is, it is difficult to predict in advance how much fat can be removed. At times, a large amount of fat can also be removed from lean patients. Consequently, it may be hard to remove fats from patients who like they can reach the 5-liter limit.
Can the liposuction surgery get rid of the roll of skin in a patient’s arm, abdomen and thigh?
It will only tighten minimally. Although fatty tissues will be reduced significantly, the skin itself in the treated area will only tighten up a bit. In some cases, it doesn’t.
If you want to treat excess skin, you may want to try another procedure.
Unfortunately, liposuction is not the solution for excess skin. Remember that when fat is removed from a specific area of hanging skin, it can, at times, make that that part worse.
Patients with undamaged, firm skin that has zero stretch marks can feel their skin tighten after liposuction procedure. Those with sun-damaged skin and stretch marks, on the other hand, may feel like their skin looks somewhat deflated after the same procedure.