The Big Deal with Liposuction
You should know by now that although liposuction may have
its rewards, it may also take more than just your patience from
you. Aside from bruising, numbness and some pain, the procedure
may also leave you with some liposuction swelling. What is
liposuction swelling and how do you handle it?
Instead of dwelling on the advantages of liposuction, your
doctor should also tell you a lot about its possible side
effects and complications. One side effect of the procedure
that shouldn’t be downplayed is liposuction swelling.
Liposuction, no matter how minimally invasive is still a
surgical procedure and therefore still invasive. Your doctor
will tell you that this is a normal result of liposuction but
you should know that the swelling may stay with you for a very
long time depending on the area treated, the method used and
your own recovery ability. Be sure that you are prepared to
bear a few months of swelling.
Causes of Swelling
There may be different causes for liposuction swelling in
different people. In some cases, the degree and length of time
of liposuction swelling may be determined by genetic factors.
In most cases though, swelling is the body’s natural reaction
to trauma or injury. Certain cells release water which may
cause a build up that may lead to the swelling.
Certain parts of the body may be more prone to liposuction
swelling than other parts. Thighs that may have been treated
with cellulite liposuction normally have some vein swelling
afterwards. Body parts with scars may also increase the chances
of swelling. Scars are fibrous areas that have their own water
Of course, if you are undergoing the tumescent procedure,
you should expect more swelling than in other liposuction
procedures. The procedure involves the injection of fluids
which in turn may lead to a few days of tissue hardening and
If no accidents happened during your liposuction session,
you are probably bound to heal from the swelling at the
Liposuction swelling is not something that you can avoid if
you have undergone the procedure. Your doctor though may try to
reduce liposuction swelling by using very thin cannula. After
the procedure though, you have to carry the responsibility of
keeping the swelling down. Small incisions will be left on your
skin to provide drainage so you should expect some fluid
release during your recovery period. You will be instructed to
wear a compression garment for a number of days to keep some
pressure on the area and reduce liposuction swelling. Wear the
garment as instructed and as long as you are told to.
Communicating with Your Doctor
Although liposuction swelling is part of the surgical
experience you should be watchful of too much swelling
accompanied by extreme pain and some other unusual discomforts.
Ask your doctor to describe as accurately as possible the
normal parameters of swelling that you should expect.
Everything else that goes suspiciously beyond what your doctor
describes may be cause for some concern and extra attention
from you and your doctor.
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