What happens in the following weeks?
If you have a sedentary job, you should have 4-7 days off work. Thursday is a popular day to have the procedure performed, as many people can return to work on Monday. For those with heavier jobs, 1-2 weeks off is preferable.
The return to exercise is usually quite quick. One week for light exercise, two weeks for moderate exercise and three weeks for full exercise is the usual schedule. If you do extremely intense exercise, don’t return to this level of exercise for at least six weeks.
Another good tip is to do a small amount of exercise, have the next day off and see how you feel, then slowly increase every second day.
Swimming and spas are best avoided for at least 2 weeks, or until the wounds are completely healed. Intercourse is best avoided for at least 1 week. As mentioned, smoking is strictly prohibited for 2 weeks and, if you can, try to use this break to give up for good.
The results may initially look impressive, but swelling can set in for up to 6 weeks, leading to some disappointment. You simply have to be patient with liposculpture.
The results can be as quick as 1 month, although 3 months is average for full results.
Feeling but not seeing hard lumps at approximately 2 weeks is normal, and these can last for up to 6 months. These lumps shrink back and pull the skin tighter which is of benefit.
Fluid lumps that have a wave in them should be reported to our staff. These may be seromas but are very rare. They’re usually of nuisance value only. If a wound oozes puss or becomes red, hot and swollen, you must immediately report this to us.
You should also buy a thermometer and record your temperature daily. If it’s above 37.5 degrees, please report this to the medical staff.
The maximum amount of fat that can be taken out in one procedure is 5 litres, so you must be realistic about this volume. It’s possible to do multiple procedures a few days apart and remove more than 5 litres, but this must be done cautiously. This is called ‘staged mega liposuction’. A healthy diet and regular exercise must be followed after the procedure, as this is not an excuse to eat more and do less. The improvement is permanent, but you must be aware that as you get older you’ll put on weight naturally. The fat does not shift to other areas in the body.