Since first introduced in the 1970s, liposuction has remained one of the most popular body sculpting procedures for men and women wanting to remove areas of fat that resist exercise and a healthy diet. Although there are several different types of the procedure, the technique that remains most effective is tumescent liposuction. In Las Vegas, Nevada, the plastic surgeons at Anson, Edwards & Higgins are known for the exceptional results using this procedure, which limits a patient’s bleeding and bruising.
If you lead a healthy lifestyle but want a body that’s firmer and more toned, request a consultation to meet with our body contouring specialists, Dr. Terrence Higgins, Dr. Michael Edwards, and Dr. Andrew Silver at our Las Vegas practice to discuss your liposuction procedure. You can also call our office at 702-822-2100 to schedule an appointment.
IS LIPOSUCTION RIGHT FOR ME?
As with any cosmetic surgical procedure, it’s important that you have realistic expectations and are in good overall health. It’s particularly important if you’re considering liposuction to understand that it is not a weight-loss procedure. A good candidate for liposuction is already close to his or her ideal weight and is seeking to tone specific parts of the body by removing small areas of fat.
Patients who benefit most from liposuction also have good skin tone and elasticity, so the skin isn’t wrinkly or crepey once the fat is removed.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING RECOVERY?
During your liposuction recovery, we will provide you with a compression garment that will control swelling and compress the skin to your new body contours.
In addition, small temporary drains may be placed in existing incisions beneath the skin to remove any excess blood or fluid.
You will also be given specific instructions that may include:
- How to care for the surgical site and drains
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
- When to follow up with your plastic surgeon
It may take several months for the swelling to fully dissipate. As it does, your new contours and enhanced self-image should continue to develop.
Although your surgeon offers you a specific recuperation timeline during your consultation, most of our Las Vegas-area patients have relatively comfortable and uneventful periods of recovery. We recommend a stay of 10-14 days for our out-of-town patients and will help make arrangements.
For the first few days after your surgery, you can manage any discomfort with prescribed or over-the-counter pain relievers. Swelling and bruising are usually maximum at 3 days and improve over the next few weeks. Most people feel well enough to work at 2 weeks, but still have cosmetic signs such as swelling and bruising that they would rather others not see.
During the recovery period, you will need to keep your head elevated in order to minimize swelling. Many patients opt to sleep in a recliner or propped up on a wedge or pillows. You will be encouraged to walk but must avoid heavy exercising to avoid delayed bruising and bleeding for 2-3 weeks. Sun protection is vital, especially for bruised skin and pink scars. To help yourself heal, don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke.
“Liposuction can be a wonderful tool to contour the body to get the look and shape that they’re after. I also highly recommend that they incorporate lifestyle changes like diet and regular exercise to keep the results of their surgery looking and lasting as great as possible… for as long as possible.”
– Dr. Andrew G. Silver