Vaser Liposuction Recovery
Vaser liposuction recovery is usually quite rapid following the more modern methods of liposuction. There is obviously a difference between how people recover and this will include how quickly one can get back to ordinary duties. Generally speaking, the recovery time following Vaser liposuction recovery can be divided into 3 periods.
Period #1: Day 1
On the first day after the liposuction surgery there will be weeping of fluid. This is the tumescent fluid that comes out. Pads are applied on the skin to collect the fluid. These are kept under the garment. Normally these pads are removed after 24 hours and in most cases the weeping stops. During this initial 24 hours there may be bruising, tenderness, and pain. There is a significant difference between patients as to how much pain they feel. Dr. Lanzer will usually prescribe Panadeine forte during this initial recovery from the Vaser liposuction. Other patients may just take Panadol. During this period, recovery may vary depending whether the patient has been asleep with a general anesthetic or awake. Some patients following general anesthesia can feel nauseas and sick. There are treatments for this and should there be any nausea in the recovery period it is important to let Dr. Lanzer’s staff know.
IS THERE ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR THAT I NEED TO EAT OR DRINK DURING THIS FIRST 24-HOUR PERIOD OF RECOVERY?
Yes. Dr. Lanzer encourages fluid, mostly water to help flush out the anesthetic fluid from the body. There is some theory that if the patient has the procedure under local anesthetic and therefore has had maximum doses of Xylocaine a fatty meal, even McDonald’s, may be worthwhile having on the day of surgery.
CAN I DRIVE ON THE FIRST DAY?
Dr. Lanzer does not recommend patients drive or do anything that involves a serious nature in the first 24-hour period recovery following Vaser liposuction. Firstly, most patients will have received some form of relaxation and then because it is so soon after surgery, patients may not be at their fullest level of alertness and this could be a general safety issue. Usually, Dr. Lanzer will insist that patients are driven home by someone else during this early recovery periods. Occasionally, patients go home by themselves. If the patient has a general anesthetic he ideally should be with someone during the first recovery night.
What is the purpose of the garments during Vaser liposuction Recovery:
The garments play two roles. Firstly the compression reduces swelling and bruising. Besides the elastic compression Dr Lanzer has designed a special foam garment that aides in the recovery of the Vaser Liposuction. He has found that it dramatically reduces the risk of fluid collections called Sedona.
The second benefit is the skin contraction and tightening. The first few days in the recovery of Vaser are critical as the better the skin contraction the more hi def result will occur from the Vaser. Some lines such as the sides of the abds come out more easily than say the line of the linea Alba above the umbilicus
Period #2 The First Week
The next Vaser liposuction recovery stage occurs in the first week. The skin will often be bruised as in purple or blue and this can vary significantly between patients. There may be tenderness and bruising. Often the skin will feel numb. Occasionally, the patients do describe an itchy sensation. During this first week and leading up to the second week, Dr. Lanzer does encourage patients to wear the garments as much as possible. When the Vaser liposuction recovery has been performed on the stomach it is also advisable to wear a special foam binder. This tends to reduce swelling and bruising and also a risk of seroma where the fluid can collect.
Driving is permitted during this second stage of recovery and some patients do return to work. Strenuous exercise should not be performed in the first 2 weeks of recovery from the Vaser liposuction.
HOW OFTEN WILL I BE SEEN DURING THESE FIRST 2 WEEKS?
Dr. Lanzer is quite fanatic about reviewing his patients and he will want you to come in on the first day, the first week and the first 2 weeks. If you are interstate or overseas then sending an email will often suffice. Dr. Lanzer has nurses in his other clinics if his main surgery is not near you.
Period 3 : 2 weeks through 3-6 months
Everybody is different in this stage. Some people will have totally recovered. Other people will find that they have a deep bruise. A deep bruise is where the body is producing its own fibrosis and healing of collagen together with possibly some fluid that has remained under the skin. This will often feel hard and there may still be some numbness apparent.
HOW CAN I TREAT THE DEEP BRUISE?
The best way to treat the deep bruise is with a firm slow deep massage. Sometimes Dr. Lanzer will recommend other treatments such as ultrasound.
A garment does not need to be worn during this period. Normal exercise can take place.
ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC INTERVENTION TREATMENTS THAT DR. LANZER RECOMMENDS FOR VASER LIPOSUCTION RECOVERY?
Yes. Dr. Lanzer believes in radiofrequency therapy. He uses a device called the Freeze and Vela Shape. Both are aimed at producing radiofrequency heat deep into the tissue to help break up some of the deep bruising and cause tightening and contraction of the skin. Sometimes, Dr. Lanzer will also use ultrasound particularly around the neck. His staff is trained in this procedure and it is usually performed between 4-6 times at weekly intervals.
HOW IMPORTANT IS DIET AND EXERCISE DURING THE RECOVERY PERIOD?
Dr. Lanzer cannot stress enough that keeping fit and healthy and living well is important in the recovery of Vaser liposuction. Whether the procedure has been performed for high-definition or just general liposuction, keeping fit is important. Dr. Lanzer has a more long term nutritional dietitian who works with him and can guide you in any questions you may have.
ARE ANY MEDICATIONS IMPORTANT DURING THE RECOVERY PERIOD?
Yes. Dr. Lanzer does prescribe and recommend a number of vitamins through his dietitian, Mark Surdut. These will include arnica for swelling, tablets that are antioxidants for healing and vitamins. Sometimes, Dr. Lanzer recommends chromium tablet which may help with fat break down.
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