What to Expect After Surgery
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What to expect after surgery



Once your procedure is completed, a compression garment or elastic bandages may cover treatment areas. These assist to control swelling and compress the skin to your new body contours. In addition, small temporary drains may be placed in existing incisions beneath the skin to remove any excess fluid. Before y ou are released following surgery, you and an accompanying family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:

  • How to care for surgical site.
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection.
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health.
  • When to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

Initial healing will include swelling, numbness, soreness, bruising, and discomfort that can be controlled with medication. These are common conditions.

Your plastic surgeon will provide specific postoperative instructions based on the technique and extent of your procedure. These will include instructions on the use of any compression garments, expected return to activity and appropriate care of incisions. Follow all instructions carefully-this is essential to the success of your outcome. In general, a return to light, normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready and is encouraged to prevent blood clots and other complications.

Initial wound healing may take from 5 to 10 days, at which time any sutures will be removed if necessary. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling continues to dissipate. Incisions lines will improve over time. Continue to follow your plastic surgeon's instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled. You will be encouraged to control your weight, as significant weight gain can reverse your results.

Results and Outlook

It may take several months for swelling to fullly dissipate. As it does, your new contours and enhanced self-image should continue to develop.

The fulfillment you feel from the initial results of liposuction should continue so long as you maintain your weight and practice a healthy lifestyle that includes eating well and regular physical activity. Following liposuction, your slimmer and better-proportioned body should more accurately reflect the healthy and active life you lead.



Geoffrey Kim, M.D.
Plastic Surgery & Med Spa
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