Should I dare guess that you may have already had liposuction at some point in the past or is it still on your wishlist of things to do when you get the chance?
You see, the fact is that whether it’s simply genetics or a slowing metabolism due to age, after a point almost all of us can do with a little body contouring. And nothing better than a bit of liposuction where diet and exercise fail.
In today’s post, I’m going to call out 3 myths about liposuction that you may not know – especially if it’s still on your wishlist.
So, here we go:
Myth 1: Liposuction is not that invasive so there won’t be any bruising or swelling
Well, in reality, in spite of the incision holes (areas where the cannula is inserted under the skin) being small (approx 1cm in diameter), you probably won’t experience another type of treatment that has so much swelling and bruising associated with it as does liposuction. You see the areas that you have liposuctioned may extend over large areas of your body such as the tummy, waist, buttocks, thighs, and arms. As the cannula moves throughout these areas, not only is the fat broken apart and removed but connective tissue, small blood vessels, and nerves are broken up as well. This is quite a traumatic experience for your body, which reacts to this trauma with swelling, bruising and soreness. The good news is most of the soreness will disappear after a few days and the bruising after a couple of weeks.
Myth 2: I need to stay off my feet and rest in bed after my treatment
This is also one of the most common preconceived ideas about liposuction. And the reality is that as soon as you feel up to it, you should try and go for walks. You see, due to all that swelling, you’ll want your body to heal as quickly as possible. Going for a walk essentially turns your legs into a muscular ‘pumping system’ that moves the blood and lymphatic fluids throughout the treated areas and like a deep massage therapy helps to reduce swelling and associated bruising. So, of course, use common sense, but go for a walk as soon as you feel up for it.
Myth 3: Since the fat is removed, I will see the results immediately after treatment
Nothing could be further from the truth for many of the reasons I have already mentioned above. The areas treated with liposuction will swell and this may seem as if you had nothing done at all or even that you became bigger after liposuction. Not to worry, this phenomenon is temporary and will quickly start to recede after about a week or two. However, the final results from liposuction may only be seen after several months of healing. So if you want to get that super summer body with liposuction, make sure you take action a few months earlier. Then enjoy the fruits of the new YOU!
Until next time
Randy Simor MD