Have you been wondering how long does it take to recover from liposuction? This is an important question as most of us lead a busy schedule caring for our families and having to go to work. How long does it take to recovery from liposuction will determine if this surgery is even feasible. The length of surgery is determined by multiple factors. These include how much liposuction you will need in volume and in the number of areas. In addition, you must consider whether you will need to have skin tightened using minimally invasive Renuvion J plasma or even more aggressive excisional surgery.
How much liposuction do you need?
The number of areas requiring liposuction will affect your recovery phase. Areas that clients may consider include the front or the back side. On the front side, patients may consider the abdomen, pubic region, flanks, medial thighs, medial knees, lateral chest, armpits(axilla), arms, and neck. On the back side, patients may consider the upper back, middle back, lower back, flanks, lateral thighs, and medial knees. Usually, when all of your problem areas are treated as in a lipo 360, you will have the most improvement. The safe limit of how much volume of liposuction can be removed measures 5L. Since 360 lipo is done by going all the way around you, you will naturally require a longer recovery as you will experience more soreness.
Why does liposuction recovery have soreness?
Liposuction causes soreness by irritating nerves in the fatty tissue planes. Irritation of nerves occurs because a hollow bore cannula is used to traverse these tissue planes in during the fat removal process. Although irritation of nerves is temporary, this is the first cause of soreness. Another cause of soreness following liposuction is caused by injury to microvessels which leak out pro inflammatory products found in the blood. Even though we use tumescent solution to constrict these microvessels pre-emptively, they will inevitably leak as evidenced by the pink color of the aspirate that is observed in the liposuction retrieval cannisters. These pro inflammatory products will in fact excite sensory nerves causing soreness following surgery. As a result, the more areas you liposuction, the more pain you will experience.
Skin tightening will cause prolonged recovery
An essential factor to consider during fat removal via liposuction is how much skin redundancy will be created. The analogy we use involves a fruit, if you de-pulp the fruit you will be left with wrinkly skin. The same concept applies to the human body. If you just take out the fat without recognizing skin redundancy, you can get a botched liposuction job, that is characterized by cellulitic or wrinkly skin appearance. As such, skin tightening is often required when considering liposuction. When you consider how long does it take to recover from liposuction you must consider whether you will require skin tightening with Renuvion J plasma or whether you will require more aggressive excisional surgery.
Minimally invasive skin tightening
Minimally invasive skin tightening is accomplished by treating areas of skin redundancy with a combined radiofrequency and Helium plasma energy. This energy is administered through a sleek wand that can introduced through the same port holes used to liposuction. The advantage of this technology is that it is safe and quick in its deliver thus allowing us to treat any area in less than 5 minutes. When performing 360 liposuction, we may want to tighten the skin over six different regions bilaterally. In essence we can treat 12 areas in the above scenario in less than 1 hour! The other major advantage for Renuvion J plasma skin tightening is that there are no lengthy incision lines to heal. As a result, for patients with minimal to moderate skin redundancy, the time it takes to recover from liposuction is minimized.
Excisional surgery to eliminate skin redundancy
Excisional surgery to eliminate skin redundancy is required when there is moderate to extensive skin redundancy. Most patients with this degree of skin redundancy demonstrate skin redundancy preoperatively even prior to liposuction. As such these patients will routinely be consented for excisional skin reduction procedures. Excisional surgeries have been designed to allow for elimination of for example abdominal skin using a mini or reverse tummy tuck. Lower back, flank, and lateral thigh skin redundancy can be eliminated using a lower body lift. Medial thigh skin redundancy can be eliminated using a medial thigh tuck. Upper back skin redundancy can eliminated using a upper body lift.
Preoperative measures taken to reduce how long it takes to recover from liposuction
Several preoperative measures can be taken to reduce how long it takes to recover from liposuction. The first is to stop all blood thinners. The most common culprits include Ginka Baloba, omega-3 fatty acids also called fish oil, as well as Aspirin products (Advil, Alleve, Ibuprofen, and Motrin). These must be stopped a minimum of one month prior to surgery. Remember that the less you ooze blood, the less pro-inflammatories will be released to excite your sensory nerves and pain fibers. Another precaution patients can take includes optimizing your nutrition and protein levels. Higher protein levels will increase both the albumin and prealbumin in your blood stream so that the fluid in your vessels don’t leak out. The less fluid that leaks out, the less swelling your will experience. The less swelling, the less soreness and the quicker you will be able to buy your exciting new outfits. A final measure involves
Postoperative measures taken to reduce how long it takes to recover from liposuction
Several postoperative measures can be taken to reduce how long it takes to recover from liposuction. The first, you should make sure that you keep your nutrition up by ingesting at least 150 grams of protein daily. The second, is to make sure that you are compliant with wearing of your compression garments. These garments serve two roles; the first is to make sure that you don’t swell up; the second is that it prevents you from creating a contour irregularity by cushioning you from any external compression such as a band created from tight waisted pants.
How long does it take to recover from liposuction Summary
If you are undergoing liposuction of one side such as the front or back, you can expect soreness for 48 hours and return to daily chores as early as 5 to 7 days. If you are considering circumferential liposuction such as 360 lipo, then you should expect to be sore for 4 days and return to daily chores in 7 to 10 days. If you add Renuvion J plasmsa skin tightening you can add another day to your recovery. In general, if you are able to avoid any surgical incision lines, you will be expected to return to full physical activity as early as two weeks following liposuction surgery. If you do need surgical excision of redundant skin, then you should expect two weeks of recovery period prior to returning to your daily chores and one month prior to being allowed to participate in physical activities. We appreciate how important it is to determine how long does it take to recover from liposuction. We encourage you to complete a complimentary virtual or in-house consultation so that you can get an even more accurate gauge of what your recovery will be like.
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