Your package of care
All of your after-care is provided as part of your package of care, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. When you are ready to go home, the nurses will give you an appointment for your first check up a week later and again as needed. You will see your Consultant Plastic Surgeon 3 months after surgery. If you have any problems in between appointments then don’t worry, just give us a call, speak to the nurses and come back to see us.
When can I go home?
You should be fine to go home a few hours after your liposuction, once you feel ready and your nurse is happy.
How will I feel afterwards?
Most patients recover quickly after liposuction. You may need to take regular painkillers for the first few days and then just when you need them. You can expect some swelling and tenderness for a few weeks. We use showerproof dressings after liposuction so you can shower from day one. We advise you to wear lycra sportswear as much as possible for the first three months to help you settle quickly and get a great result.
When can I return to normal activities and work?
Please gently return to all your normal activities from day one. Most of our clients are back to most things (including work) after a week and are back to everything (Including the gym and exercise classes) in a month. You can drive as soon as you feel safe and able to do so.
When can I go on holiday?
This is a common question in clinic, particularly leading up to the summer. You could travel the following day if you need to. However it would be sensible to wait a couple of weeks. Most patients settle well and without any problems after surgery. However if you do have any issues then it is nice to be able to pop in and see us.
Sun protection and skin conditioning
The treated areas will be more sensitive in the sun for a while after surgery. Look after yourself in the sun, particularly in the first six months after your procedure. Factor 50 suncream and lots of moisturising cream (or Bio-oil) are helpful.
Are there any alternatives to liposuction?
Diet and exercise are the mainstay of slimming and fat reduction. Liposuction is most successful when he used to treat localised areas of fat access that cannot be reduced with diet and exercise alone. Liposuction also works well when done at the same time as other procedures, like tummy tuck and arm and thigh lift. There are a variety of non-surgical treatments to reduce fat but these procedures are largely unproven. They usually require multiple treatments over many months to see an improvement that may be only temporary.