How long is the downtime for a liposuction procedure?

If diet and exercise have failed to remove stubborn fat from your body, you may be a good candidate for liposuction. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that is done to reshape areas of the body by eliminating isolated pockets of fat. Although lipo is considered a safe and effective body contouring technique, patients often complain about the long recovery. So just how long is the downtime for a liposuction procedure.

Liposuction is typically done to reshape areas such as the abdomen, buttocks, hips, upper arms, chin, and neck. The ideal candidate for liposuction is someone close to their ideal weight, because the procedure is not meant to be a weight loss solution.

How liposuction works
The area being treated is first prepared using tumescent anesthesia. After this, tiny  incisions are made through which a cannula (small tube), is inserted under the skin. The cannula breaks up the fat deposits, and a small vacuum attached to the end of the cannula collects the fat.

How long is the downtime?
Swelling, fluid retention, pain, and soreness are the usual side-effects patients have to deal with after liposuction. However, the compression garment worn after surgery helps to minimize swelling, and drains are oftenfitted to remove excess fluid.Pain is generally very severe during the first 3 days, but gradually subsides as time passes.

Most doctors recommend taking at least 7 days off from work to recover, but this may have to be longer, depending on the job you do.  It’s important to be aware that downtime will varybased on the extent of the liposuction procedure.

Liposuction body contouring treatment is available at the offices of board certified plastic surgeon Paul C. Dillon, MD, in Schaumburg, IL. Call 800-518-9307 today for a free consultation.

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