Liposuction is a procedure designed to remove unwanted fat
deposits, which are resistant to both dieting and exercise. This procedure is
not a weight loss procedure, but a body contouring procedure. An ideal
candidate for liposuction is relatively fit, has firm skin, good muscle tone,
and is within 30% of their ideal weight. It does not help with stretch marks or
cellulite, but it removes the bulk of fat which highlight these two concerns.
Time off depends on how you are healing. Swelling is the
main factor following liposuction, as is bruising and weeping from the “stab”
wounds. Sitting on an area which has had liposuction will delay the healing and
hence we would recommend at least two weeks off work resting. Lifting, pulling
and pushing is not a concern with liposuction on the lower body, however, as
our bodies tend to gather fluid in the lower half of our legs, this will
increase significantly and require rest and elevation.
Post operatively, you will require a weekly appointment for
the first three-four weeks and you will require someone to drive you to the
first two. Liposuction is generally a day procedure with patients returning
home that evening and wearing a compression garment for six weeks.