Liposuction and Post-Operative Recovery | Biodermis

Liposuction and Post-Operative Recovery |

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to suction and remove fat from designated parts of the body. This is done to gain a toner, leaner body shape and to remove fat from areas that are difficult to manage with exercise and diet alone. Liposuction is also referred to by many other names, including lipoplasty, fat modeling, liposculpture, and lipo. In the United States, liposuction is one of the most requested cosmetic procedures offered and performed by plastic surgeons. As with any surgical procedure, a patient will need to spend some downtime recovering and healing. Though usually small, liposuction can leave scars on the abdomen or other body part where the liposuction was performed. Luckily, there are ways to reduce scarring and speed up the recovery process after getting liposuction.

Continue reading to learn more about this common procedure type and what you can do to recover as quickly as possible.

What is liposuction?
Surgeons stress the idea that liposuction is a purely cosmetic procedure and will not cure a person of any underlying conditions like obesity or rapid weight gain. It is not a meant to be a long-term solution that replaces healthy diet and exercise. In addition to diet and exercise, liposuction can help a person lose unwanted fat, but it’s up to the patient to maintain a healthy lifestyle afterward. Liposuction is most commonly used to remove fat deposits from the abdomen, thighs, arms, back, buttocks, and hips. It is estimated that more than 300,000 liposuction procedures are performed each year in the United States. A typical liposuction procedure can cost anywhere from $2,000-3,500.

Because liposuction is an invasive procedure, a plastic surgeon will need to make a small incision in the body part being operated on. A hollow, straw-like instrument known as a cannula is then inserted into the incision site. A high-pressure vacuum connected to the cannula breaks up the fat and suctions it out. Depending on the extent of the surgery, a patient will undergo generalized anesthesia and will not be awake during the procedure. The operation takes anywhere from one to four hours. Liposuction works best on younger-people who still have elasticity in their skin. This is to ensure that there isn’t any sagging after the procedure. People with blood-flow problems or a weakened immune system should not undergo liposuction.

Post-liposuction recovery and scar care
Liposuction doesn’t come without its risks, so unless you think you absolutely need it, it might be best to lose unwanted fat in other ways. But if you do choose to go the surgical route, you may be left with bruising, irregular contours in the abdomen or other bodily structure, fluid accumulation, infection, and other unwanted side effects. It’s important to allow only skilled surgeons with expertise in liposuction to perform your procedure. To make the healing process as smooth as possible, your surgeon may prescribe you antibiotics to minimize risk of infection and pain killers to ease discomfort. Compression garments like Epifoam can be used to reduce bruising and swelling and to provide uniform compression distribution. Epifoam is lined with a thin coat of medical-grade silicone that allows for gentle adherence to the wound site to help minimize folds and creases, resulting in a smoother and flatter overall appearance.

Some patients who are predisposed to abnormal scar types may develop keloids or hypertrophic scars as a result of their liposuction surgery. The best way to prevent and treat these scar types is to apply topical, medical-grade silicone to the scar site. Medical silicone for scar therapy has been used for over 30 years and is backed by clinical evidence. Ask your physician today if topical silicone for scars is right for you or order for yourself online at

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