Liposculpture is a safe, effective minimally-invasive procedure proudly offered at MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Milford, PA. Due to the minimally-invasive nature of the procedure, the recovery process is quicker than the recovery process following a more invasive procedure. However, you will still need to commit time to your recovery. Today, we’re taking a closer look at this procedure, including how long you can expect the recovery to take.
How Long Is Recovery After Liposculpture?
Liposculpture recovery takes several weeks. How long you will need to dedicate to your recovery depends on your age, health, the scope of your procedure, and other factors. Fortunately, you do not necessarily need to take several weeks off from work to recover from surgery. You should probably schedule one day off from work for your procedure and five days off from work to dedicate to your recovery process.
However, you may be able to return to work just a few days after your procedure. We will thoroughly discuss what you can most likely expect your recovery timeline to look like during your initial consultation. If you are targeting several areas for body contouring and don’t have an office job, you may need to take two weeks off from work.
When Can I Resume My Workout Routine?
You can start walking again the day after your procedure. However, it will be roughly three to six weeks before you can resume strenuous physical activity. You will attend several follow-up appointments after your procedure to check in on your recovery progress. We will advise you on when you have healed enough to resume lifting weights, running, bending over, and performing other strenuous activities.
Will I Need To Wear a Compression Garment After My Procedure?
Yes, you will need to wear a compression garment following your procedure. How long you will need to wear this garment depends on the areas treated and other factors. However, you can generally expect to need to wear your compression garment for six weeks post-op.
How Should I Prepare for Surgery?
Preparing for liposculpture is simple due to the administration of local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia. There is no need to fast or dry fast prior to surgery, but there are a few things you will need to avoid. For example, you will need to avoid the consumption of alcohol, blood-thinning analgesics, nicotine, and herbal supplements that can affect coagulation. Other drugs and supplements that can affect blood viscosity should also be avoided.
Another important preparation step you will need to take is to fill all necessary prescriptions prior to your procedure. You will need to take an antibiotic before surgery, and you will need to finish taking a course of antibiotics after surgery. Additionally, you should have prescription analgesics in case they are necessary to maintain your comfort at home. Furthermore, you must arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery.
What Should I Expect During My Procedure?
You can generally expect your procedure to take two to four hours. Before your procedure, you will be injected with local anesthesia to keep the targeted area numb throughout the procedure and epinephrine. Then, a tiny incision will be made in the targeted area. Through this incision, a tiny cannula will be inserted. Next, some of the fat in the targeted area will be suctioned out through the cannula.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
You can generally expect to be considered a good candidate for this procedure if you want to improve the appearance of a small region of your body, like your arms, lower back, or neck, by removing a small amount of fat.
Additionally, this procedure will be more effective for you if you have good muscle tone hidden beneath pockets of stubborn fat. If you want to remove a lot of fat from one or more regions of your body, like your stomach or hips, CoolSculpting may be a better fit for you.
Who Isn’t a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
You will not be considered a good candidate for this procedure if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or in poor health. Additionally, you will not qualify for surgery if you are a smoker and can’t quit for two weeks pre-op and two weeks post-op. Another factor considered when determining who qualifies for surgery is the health of the skin in the targeted area or areas. If you have inelastic skin, you won’t qualify.
Your weight will also be considered when determining if you are a good candidate for surgery. If your weight is normal or a bit excessive for your height, you will probably be considered a good liposculpture candidate. If you are underweight or suffer from obesity, this procedure probably won’t be effective for you. Furthermore, you may not qualify for surgery if you have a history of weight cycling. To maintain optimal results, you need to do a decent job of maintaining your weight.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat removal treatment that can be used to remove a lot of fat from almost any region of the body. Primarily, how much fat can be removed during each treatment session depends on the size of the area being targeted. If a large area is being targeted, roughly 26% of localized subcutaneous fat cells can be removed.
How Soon Will I Be Able To See My Desired Results?
You can generally expect to start seeing an improvement in your treated areas just three weeks after your first treatment session. However, it may take roughly one to three months after your final session before you are completely satisfied with your appearance.
Typically, sessions are spaced two months apart because most people won’t see the results of a given session for six to eight weeks. This gives us the opportunity to evaluate your progress and determine the ideal scope of the next treatment.
What Is the Difference Between CoolSculpting and Fat Removal Surgery?
The primary difference between CoolSculpting and fat removal surgery is the way the fat removal method works. Fat removal surgery improves your appearance by using a cannula with a suction device attached to the end to suction out excess fat cells in the area. CoolSculpting works by freezing some of the fat cells in the targeted area to death.
Another difference between the two fat removal methods is how soon you can expect to enjoy your results. While fat is removed during fat removal surgery, it can take up to six months to enjoy optimal results. This is because your skin needs time to heal and tighten. If you only need a CoolSculpting session or two, you will be able to see your desired results just one to five months after treatment.
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Despite the minimally-invasive nature of this procedure, the recovery process still requires several weeks to complete. The better you care for yourself during your recovery, the sooner you can expect it to be complete. If you are interested in improving your muscle tone and definition and removing excess fat, you may be a great fit for this procedure. To find out for sure, contact us now at MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Milford, PA to schedule an appointment.