What happens after the liposuction procedure?
You must be picked up by a competent adult who can assist you at home for the first night. Usually, you can expect to be in and out of the surgery in 4-5 hours. You must be fully recovered before leaving. Please inform your nurse if you suffer from nausea after anaesthetic.
Your nominated carer must give you medications, as the anaesthetic can make you forgetful and help you avoid a double up of medications.
Your carer must also escort you to the toilet and back, ensuring you get up slowly to avoid light-headedness. If you do become light-headed the carer should lie you down flat and elevate your legs.
Our doctors are on call 24 hours a day and will phone to check up on you. For the first night, it is wise to rest but perform the leg exercises and deep breathing exercises as instructed by your nurse.
The following day you’ll be up and about as normal, with discomfort levels that many describe as similar to after a heavy workout. Avoid lifting anything heavier than 2.5kgs.
The wounds will ooze a raspberry cordial coloured fluid, and this is normal. We advise wearing old pyjamas and lying on a towel. The wounds will close over the following day, or when the oozing stops. Nursing staff will see you the next day to clean the area and close the wounds. The doctor will also check for any abnormalities.
Avoid showering for the first day. A garment will be applied and you will be instructed on how to care for this. As mentioned, smoking is strictly prohibited.