When a person decides to undergo liposuction it is because they have reached that point at which they are completely ready to see a new shape in the mirror. These days, most things come pretty easy. We don’t have to wait long to get what we want. As a result of the speed of modern society, there is often an expectation that results from cosmetic treatment like liposuction will be nearly instantaneous. We may need to press the reset button on expectations in this area.
Expectations are everything in the area of aesthetic medicine. People who undergo plastic surgery make a significant commitment to their appearance and, for this reason, are even more in need of a good dose of reality before their procedure day. Liposuction may be a minimally invasive procedure with relatively few risks of complications but the real risk is not achieving what you anticipate. In terms of results, it is important to know that liposuction will, A: not decrease weight and, B: will take some time to reach its peak.
What to Expect from Liposuction
After liposuction, there is bound to be some swelling in the surgical area. This initial swelling can take approximately 4 weeks to subside. In some cases, it takes a bit more. As swelling decreases, the final outcome of treatment becomes increasingly obvious. This provides a good idea of what the body will look like but the full effect of liposuction is typically not apparent for 6 to 12 months.
Another aspect of liposuction results is longevity. Following liposuction, our patients can expect their new shape to remain consistent so long as they are mindful about their weight. The removal of fat cells diminishes the appearance of fat in a given area but it does not prevent remaining fat cells from expanding. Fat cells in other areas are also susceptible to expansion secondary to lifestyle habits. For this reason, we encourage patients to reach their ideal weight range before liposuction and to have strategies in place to maintain their weight after treatment.
How to Help Swelling Subside after Liposuction
Swelling is the primary side effect that gets in the way of you seeing your new body. To promote healing, it is helpful to wear your compression garment as directed. Taking the garment off too soon could lead to fluid buildup and asymmetry. This would fade, but why increase your recovery time? Also, once you are able, move around. There is no rush to resume exercise, but walking and moving do promote circulation which in turn decreases the chances of fluid retention.
Is now your perfect time to get your perfect body? Call our Cincinnati office for more information regarding liposuction.