DR. EFFIE POLITIS
WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION?
Liposuction is a safe, effective way to reduce or eliminate unwanted fat deposits from the waist, hips, arms, thighs and neck. The excess fat is sculpted out to bring the body into better balance with its natural features. You get to leave the OR with a refined body shape and improved body contours that last a lifetime if you live a healthy lifestyle.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE?
Candidates for Liposuction are within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone. It is important to note that Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure.
HOW IT'S DONE:
Dr. Politis starts by inserting a cannula through a small incision made in the skin and uses it to suction out the excess fat beneath the skin. The amount of fat removed in liposuction is controlled by squeezing and massaging the tissue. It typically takes anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours depending on how much fat is being removed.
RESULTS, RECOVERY, FREQUENCY
You can expect to be healed within 4-6 weeks of Liposuction. Results can be permanent if you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
You may experience temporary pain, soreness, and numbness in the area(s) that have been treated.
Maximum discomfort will occur the first few days but may last several weeks.
Expect the bruising to last up to 6 weeks, depending on your surgery.
Swelling and bruising are normal part of the recovery process and will begin to subside one or two weeks after surgery.
It is expected that your clothes will be tight for the first month or two after surgery. Intermittent swelling may persist for several months.
Your size and shape will continue to decrease each week.
Swelling following liposuction recedes rather slowly. It will take some time before the contour finalizes, usually between three and six months.
Pain and aches are normal especially the first week; this will decrease as bruising subsides.
TOO MUCH ACTIVITY IN THE IMMEDIATE POST OPERATIVE PERIOD WILL RESULT IN EXCESSIVE SWELLING AND POSSIBLE BLEEDING.
Have all prescriptions filled prior to your surgery. Do not take any Aspirin, Plavix, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Coenzyme Q10 or medications containing these compounds for 14 days before your procedure.
Begin your stool softener on the day prior to surgery to avoid constipation.
Wash with Hibiclens or antibacterial soap the night before surgery, as directed. Cleanse your belly button area with a Qtip and the antibacterial soap while showering.
Do not shave the surgical site within 2 days of surgery. This includes under arms for breast procedures and the pubic area for abdominal procedures. Hair may be trimmed with an electric clipper.
Avoid using body lotions, deodorants or perfumes on the day of surgery.
Do not wear any jewelry, piercings or contact lenses.
Refrain from vigorous exercise on the day before your surgery.
Have a regular meal on the evening before surgery, and drink plenty of water. Avoid alcoholic beverages on the evening before surgery. Do no eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
You may shower 24-48 hours after your operation, but no soaking in a bathtub. Lukewarm water.
Elevate the body part that was treated if possible.
The incisions where your physician inserted the cannula may be leaky or drain fluids for several days. You may want to put towels underneath you at home to protect your furniture.
Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection.
If you have drains, follow the drain care instructions given to you by your physician
May pad incision(s) with dressings for comfort.
Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 12 months.
Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or greater).