Liposuction Post-Op FAQ
Q: Are there different types of liposuction? A: Some offices use different names which mean the same thing. You may hear words such as “lipoplasty” “liposuction” or “suctioning lipectomy” — they all mean the same thing. Q: Can liposuction be used as a weight loss method? A: No, liposuction is used to get rid of isolated areas of fat which are diet and/or exercise resistant NOT for weight loss. Q: Who is a good candidate for liposuction? A: The best candidates for liposuction are people at their normal weight who have isolated areas of fat. Firm, elastic skin allows for a better outcome. The patient’s age is not a factor, however, older patients have less skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as younger patients. Q: How long do I need to be off of work? A: It is suggested that you take off of work for 3-5 days after surgery but continue to avoid strenuous activity for one month after surgery. Q: When can I get back to my normal routine? A: Each San Diego Cosmetic Surgery patient differs with recovery times. Also, the recovery time will vary depending on how much liposuction was performed. Most patients are able to return to work 2-7 days after surgery depending on the areas treated. Q: When can I start exercising? A: Dr. Pousti will assess each patient and discuss returning to their exercise regimen. We highly recommend walking within the first couple of days – this helps with the swelling, constipation, etc. Depending on the areas treated, most patients are able to resume exercise 2-4 weeks after the procedure. Q: Anything I can do to decrease the swelling? A: Most of our San Diego Cosmetic Surgery patients find that walking helps decrease the swelling after liposuction surgery. Q: Will the fat return to the area that was treated? A: If after liposuction surgery one does not eat healthy and exercise regularly, the fat cells that remain in the treated area will grow. The fat cells that have been removed are gone forever. Liposuction is not meant to be used as a weight loss program. Q: Can I do multiple areas at the same time? A: Yes. Dr. Pousti will discuss what procedures may be performed at the same time while still being safe. Many patients will opt to have liposuction and breast augmentation surgery OR liposuction and tummy tuck surgery at the same time. Combination surgeries can give dramatic results. Q: Will I be wearing any special garments after the surgery? A: Yes. When you wake up after the procedure, a garment will be on the treated areas. This compressive garment is there to assist in the healing process and to decrease the amount of swelling. Dr. Pousti will discuss the amount of time you will need to wear the garment – depending on what areas are treated.
Life is an emotional rollercoaster; sometimes you feel up, and sometimes you feel down. This is exaggerated after any surgical procedure. We should keep the perspective that this is normal during the recovery process and that it will pass. Our office staff are here to help you get through the recovery process.