Liposuction is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedure in North America. First, the areas to be suctioned are carefully marked before surgery. Once in the operating room a “wetting” or “tumescent” solution is injected into the fat. This solution helps minimize blood loss, bruising and discomfort after surgery. The fat is then suctioned out with medium to small size cannulas. The very small incisions are then sutured closed and a compressive garment is applied. It is common for patients to go home a few hours later. The patient is seen in the office the following day for recheck. The sutures are removed anywhere from 5 to 7 days after surgery. The garment is worn for a total of 6 weeks. Some patients go back to work in a few days. Many patients have multiple sites suctioned and plan to take time off work. Patients are encouraged to walk and generally can resume exercise activities in 6 weeks.
Results can be seen immediately despite the expected swelling after liposuction. As time passes the final result becomes more apparent. Swelling will continue to resolve and final shaping can best be appreciated at approximately 6 months. Over eating after surgery is discouraged as it only leads to generalized weight gain.