The ideal candidate should be able to maintain their weight as liposuction is only permanent if your weight remains stable. It is also important to consider how you will recover from the surgery. To achieve the best results the skin around the target area must shrink to accommodate the loss in volume. This requires firm, elastic skin, that will snap back in place after surgery. However, as we age, this elasticity begins to weaken. For a more detailed assessment of your skin’s elasticity, it is best to speak with your surgeon.
If you are a smoker, you should stop at least two weeks before the procedure. It is also important that you avoid aspirin in the weeks leading up to the surgery. To be safe, review all your medication with your surgeon during your initial consultation as you may need to avoid additional medications.
The procedure can take between one to three hours.
Most patients will return to work within two to three days, while a more intensive surgery will require a week off work.
The procedure will results in some discomfort and bruising, and swelling which will begin to subside after 7-10 days. Mild exercise can resume after two weeks, leading to full activity after four to six weeks.
The procedure is performed under general or local anesthetic. Any discomfort after the procedure can be managed with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon.
Depending on the amount of fat that is being removed, you can feel dizzy or light-headed. This will usually last for two days after the surgery.
During the first 24 hours after the procedure, it is normal to have a reddish coloured fluid drain from the incisions. This results from a saline-based fluid used during the procedure to assist in the removal of fat. While most of this fluid is either absorbed by your body or removed during the surgery, some will drain out by itself. This is entirely normal, and no need for concern.
Like all cosmetic surgeries, there are some risks including swelling, infection, bleeding and blood clots. However, these are incredibly rare, and At Cosmetic Avenue we are committed to providing you with the highest quality service to minimise any risks.
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