When does the swelling go down?

Following liposuction there is often swelling during the first few weeks. It is important to stay in a compressive garment during this time.

When can I go back to work following liposuction?

After liposuction you can often return to work within two weeks although this depends on the extent of the liposuction. This can be discussed at a consultation

When can I get the wounds wet?

I normally advise patients to keep the wounds dry for the first week following surgery. Occasionally patients do get the wounds wet and this does not seem to be detrimental to healing. I would not advise bathing the wounds following surgery during the first week. After the first week one is able to shower and bathe normally. For liposuction I would recommend avoid swimming pools until the wounds have healed although this may well be possible before 2 weeks.

When can I fly following liposuction?

For all general anaesthetics I would recommend not flying for 4 weeks following any surgery requiring general anaesthetic. In certain scenarios it may be possible to fly sooner than this but the risks and complications e.g. DVT are increased if one flies sooner following a general anaesthetic. The risks are reduced if one wears thrombembolic stockings, drink plenty of fluids, mobilise during the flight and are only going on a short flight bit flying within 4 weeks is not recommended and patients wishing to fly before this should weigh up the pros and cons and alternatives. For liposuction under local anaesthetic I would always advise staying local in the first week or so following surgery. There are less risks of complications following local anaesthetic although there still is a risk and one needs to consider the pros and cons before proceeding.

When can I exercise following liposuction?

I would usually not recommend exercising much in the first week. Walking is always encouraged although it is important to wear compressive garments. Following review at one week I would usually discuss what exercises would be relevant to you. I always encourage patients to remain in compression garments for 4-6 weeks postoperatively. Gentle exercise such as running and cycling can often be commenced after 2 weeks and swimming is encouraged once the wounds have healed. Which can be as soon as 2 weeks.

What is a seroma?

A seroma is a collection of fluid. It occurs following all types of surgery but it is rare following liposuction.

I have lost a lot of weight. Can I have liposuction to reduce the tissue on my body?

If you have lost a lot of weight often there is a lot of skin excess rather than fat excess. Liposuction will not improve the skin excess but can help reduce the fat. If you have more fat excess and good quality skin then liposuction is a good option. If you have skin excess and visibly have excess skin then liposuction is likely not to be of benefit. You may have to consider excision of excess skin. It is best to have a consultation regarding the options available to you.

Is there a disruption to sensation following liposuction?

There will always be a disruption in sensation following surgery but it is uncommon to have permanent sensory loss following liposuction.

In which surgeries do you take embolic preventative measures?

For all patients undergoing general anaesthetic preventative measures are applied. These may range from thromboembolic stockings through the peri and postoperative phase to flowtron boots while in theatre. It is uncommon to require additional preventative measures but occasionally may be required depending on your past medical history.

I was wondering whether you could provide me information on bodytite?

Bodytite is a form of liposuction using radiofrequency. Like other forms of liposuction it can be performed under local anaesthetic although the pros and cons of the different types of liposuction and types of anaesthesia need to be discussed at a consultation.