How to Prepare for Liposuction Recovery

Kansas City Plastic Surgeon serving Overland Park, Leawood & Nearby Areas of Kansas & Missouri

Posted: January 15, 2020
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Overland Park woman lays on floor displaying full body shape after liposuction

More than 250,000 Americans underwent liposuction in 2019 to eliminate stubborn fat in common areas such as the abdomen, thighs, and “love handles.” This procedure is the second most popular plastic surgery in the U.S. and can safely and effectively help you achieve your goals for your body shape. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Levi Young, will walk you through your liposuction procedure from start to finish, so you’re prepared for not only the surgical aspect but the recovery. 

The First 24 Hours After Liposuction

Dr. Young performs tumescent liposuction, which involves a solution of saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine that targets the fat cells in your troublesome area and causes them to firm and swell. That makes removing the unwanted fat easier and reduces post-op bruising. You’ll likely be awake for your liposuction procedure, which decreases the risk of general anesthesia-related complications. Afterward, you’ll have a compression garment to help reduce swelling and bruising during lipo recovery, and this is worn for four to six weeks. 

Depending on the amount of fat removed and the treated body area, you can return home the day of your liposuction. If you have multiple procedures at once, such as a body lift or mommy makeover, an overnight stay may be necessary to monitor your recovery. 

Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after liposuction and stay with you for the first night—ideally for the first 24-48 hours. Any discomfort should be addressed with over-the-counter medication, but Dr. Young may prescribe pain medication. Our plastic surgeon may recommend waiting to shower until after the first 24 hours, but this varies and must be done carefully. 

1-2 Weeks After Liposuction

You will need to take one week off of work and perhaps more if you work a strenuous job that requires heavy lifting or high activity. Walking can aid in the recovery process, but activity beyond that will likely need to be limited and discussed with Dr. Young beforehand. Many patients return to work after one week. You’ll come into Advanced Cosmetic Surgery for your one-week follow-up appointment. 

Continue to wear your compression garment and follow Dr. Young’s recovery instructions for liposuction. It’s also crucial to stay well-hydrated and eat a nutritious diet to promote healing. Most patients are back to their routine two weeks after liposuction but be sure to discuss your exercise regimen with our plastic surgeon first. 

1-2 Months After Liposuction 

Dr. Young has patients come in for follow-ups at one week, six weeks, six months, and one year after your liposuction procedure to make sure your recovery is going as expected and that you’re happy with your results. The post-op swelling, bruising, and soreness can last for several weeks, and liposuction results typically settle in within a few months. Keep in mind that you can still gain weight in other areas and that this body contouring procedure is designed to help you achieve your ideal figure, so maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise is essential. 

Schedule Your Liposuction Consultation in Overland Park 

If you’re interested in liposuction or another plastic surgery, contact Dr. Young in Overland Park today at (913) 341-2188 to schedule your consultation. Advanced Cosmetic Surgery serves patients throughout the Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri areas. 

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