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Curious About Liposuction Aftercare and Recovery Times? Discover All You Need To Know Right Here!

Many patients who are considering getting a liposuction procedure are wondering about the liposuction recovery times and the aftercare that accompanies a liposuction procedure. The recovery time and aftercare of a liposuction procedure actually depends on the type of procedure you are getting, so let us take a closer look at what you can expect from various liposuction techniques.

What Influences The Recovery Time After A Liposuction Procedure?

Liposuction recovery times can be affected by a number of denominators, these include the type of liposuction treatment, the size of the targeted area and the kind of anaesthetic used during the procedure.

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The type of anaesthetic that may influence your recovery time. Even though most liposuction procedures are executed under local anaesthetic, there are some cases in which general anaesthetic may be necessary. This is particularly relevant for liposuction of many areas at the same time.

Patients who have a liposuction procedure done under general anaesthetic may occasionally feel sick from the anesthetic. Overnight stay at the clinic is not required, yet we still advise the patient to stay with a friend or relative for the first 24 hours after the liposuction procedure.

Patients who have their liposuction treatment done under local anaesthetic are able to go home after the procedure, so an overnight stay is not needed. Even though the patient has been awake we still prefer that one does not drive after the procedure on the day.

What Kind Of Side-Effects Can I Expect After A Liposuction Procedure?

The most common side-effects after a liposuction procedure are temporary numbness, minor swelling and some minor bruising. The amount of bruising does depend on the size of the area that has been treated, for example an abdominal liposuction is usually accompanied by a little more bruising than a chin liposuction.

Patients who are experiencing some pain from the bruising or the swelling can usually use some over-the-counter painkillers. In rare cases where the pain is a little more than usual, Dr Lanzer will prescribe some suitable pain medication. However, the pain that follows a liposuction procedure is mostly very minor, so additional pain medication is not necessary for most patients.

How Long Before I Can Resume My Normal Activities?

The time needed to recover from the liposuction procedure is also dependant on the area you had treated and the size of the targeted area. However, we can usually provide you with a good indication of the recovery time before the procedure.

Patients who had a small area treated can usually go back to work within one week. Patients who had a larger area treated may need ten days before they can resume their normal activities. However, patients need to take into account that full recovery from a liposuction procedure can take up to two weeks.

Dr Lanzer also recommends avoiding any strenuous activities for a minimum of two weeks. Even though the patient can resume their daily routine almost instantly, heavy exercise is not advised up to two weeks after the liposuction procedure.

We also need the mention that each patient is unique and so is their recovery process. Before you leave the clinic, you may get some special guidelines and directions to follow. In order to promote the recovery process, we recommend following these as best as you can.

Should I Be Taking Bedrest After A Liposuction Procedure?

Bedrest after a liposuction procedure is not recommended, because this increases the risk of blood clots in the legs or lungs. Instead of taking bedrest, it is better to take a short walk on the evening of the procedure. By taking a walk, you aid blood circulation and drastically decrease the chance on complications. After 15000 cases and 22 years Dr Lanzer has not seen a blood clot from liposuction.

How Long Until I Can Exercise Again?

Strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least a couple of weeks. Patients can start out by doing approximately 25% of their normal workout routine and increase it slowly over the course of time. If you have any questions about exercise after the liposuction procedure, do not hesitate to contact the Dr Lanzer clinic for additional information and advice.

Can I Travel By Airplane After A Liposuction Procedure?

The majority of patients is fit to travel by airplane after liposuction, unless when stated otherwise by Dr Lanzer. However, patients do need to take into account that they need to avoid prolonged sitting for a certain period of time, for example in cars and airplanes.

Prolonged inactivity can increase your chances on deep-vein thrombosis. If you do decide to travel by airplane, ensure you take the occasional walk around the plane to avoid prolonged inactivity.

When Will I See The Results Of The Liposuction Procedure?

The appearance of results after a liposuction procedure may vary from patient to patient. Most patients start to see a considerable difference once the swelling goes down, but the end result may not be fully visible until six months after the liposuction procedure, this is usually because the affected area needs some time to settle.

Results from a liposuction procedure are more long term, but can be affected if the patient does not maintain a healthy weight or lifestyle. In order to ensure the effectiveness of your procedure, we recommend a balanced diet with a regular exercise routine.

Can I Contact the Dr Lanzer Clinic For More Information Regarding Liposuction Recovery Times?

Are you considering getting liposuction at the Dr Lanzer clinic, but are you a little bit concerned about the recovery times or the aftercare involved? Having trouble finding an answer to a specific question you have about liposuction recovery times? Do not hesitate to contact the Dr Lanzer clinic for additional information, our helpful medical staff will be more than happy to answer your questions. Simply give us a call on 1800 444 333 or book an appointment at the Dr Lanzer clinic to discuss your options.

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