Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures today, due to its high level of effectiveness in removing excess fatty deposits and its rapid recovery time. However, it is important to note that liposuction is not a weight loss strategy: patients who are significantly overweight are not candidates for the procedure. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that carefully removes deposits of excess fat from specific problem areas of the face, neck or body, often targeting areas that diet and exercise have already failed to improve. Areas that can be addressed with liposuction include the hips, thighs, abdomen, arms, neck and other parts of the body with stubborn pockets of fat. The procedure improves the contour of these target areas and creates a smoother, more proportioned appearance.

Liposuction should be performed with care by a surgeon with extensive experience, in order to achieve the best results and minimize any problems. Dr. Sati, MD, is renowned for his meticulous yet aggressive approach when using liposuction to treat problem areas.

 

About the procedure:

Liposuction is performed using local, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference. Most patients require no more than a week off work, with smaller liposuction procedures requiring a shorter recovery time.

 

Post- operative instructions:

  • Following the operation, you will wake up with a compression garment around the area on which you were operated. Underneath the compression garment are bandages over the incisions. Drainage from these incisions is normal, and may stain the bandages over the next 48 hours.
  • Occasionally, patients complain of nausea following the operation. This generally passes after 24 to 48 hours, and is minimized by consuming liquids frequently and avoiding taking pain medication on an empty stomach.
  • When taking pain medication, exercise caution in the home, particularly when performing tasks like climbing stairs.
  • The compression garment must stay in place for two days, after which you may remove it to shower. To avoid dizziness, remove the garment while lying in bed. It is important to have someone assist you in the shower, in case you feel faint. Do not remove the bandages over the incisions, and gently pat dry when finished.
  • With the exception of showering, the compression garment must be worn at all times, day and night, for four weeks after the procedure, and each night for the two weeks following.
  • You will be able to resume driving after one week, though it should be avoided when taking pain medication, which causes drowsiness. Light exercise, such as walking or using a stationary bike, may be resumed after at least two weeks. Heavy exercise and heavy lifting are not permitted for at least four weeks after the procedure.
  • Avoid extensive periods of exposure or direct exposure to the sun for six weeks after the operation. A sunscreen of with an SPF of 30 or greater must be used for at least one year after the surgery, applied to the affected areas and over the scars. It is recommended that you continue this diligent sunscreen usage, even after the first year.

 

The healing process:

  • Following the procedure, the affected areas will be swollen, bruised and sore. Pain medication may be used as prescribed whenever experiencing discomfort. Swelling and bruising will take several weeks to subside.
  • Numbness of the affected areas is to be expected, and tends to improve over several months.
  • Patients will experience drainage from the incisions, which may last several days.
  • The incisions made for liposuction are small, half-inch lines, which will generally be inconspicuous after six months to a year.
  • The final results of the procedure can be judged six months after the operation.

 

Follow-up appointments:

  • First follow-up: One week after the operation (at which time the sutures will be removed)
  • Second follow-up: Three weeks after the operation
  • Subsequent appointments will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis with your surgeon.