What to Expect from Your Lipo Recovery July 6, 2017 coleaesthetics Liposuction is an efficient way to eliminate stubborn fat deposits that won’t go away through your diet and exercise efforts alone. However, some people shy away from the procedure because they are worried about how much pain and recovery time is involved in the process. The good news is advancements in liposuction techniques today have allowed you to achieve your body contouring goals with minimal disruption to your daily life. Check out what you can expect from your liposuction recovery at Cole Aesthetic Center. About Tumescent Liposuction Dr. Cole performs tumescent liposuction for his patients, an updated form of the traditional liposuction process that offers numerous benefits. Tumescent liposuction is performed under local anesthesia and begins by placing large amounts of a tumescent fluid into the treatment area. The fluid consists of a sterile saline solution that makes it easier to remove the fat cells. This technique leaves the fat cells intact so they can be prepared for injection into another part of the body if the patient chooses. Less Invasive, Less Recovery Time The tumescent fluid makes the fat cells easier to retrieve and suction from the body, which means less damage to surrounding skin and tissue and a faster recovery process. Less blood is lost during the procedure, which leads to less bruising after treatment. The lidocaine in the saline mix serves a double purpose of making the process more comfortable and lowering your risk for infection afterward. The tumescent solution also reduces the likelihood that you will need a subsequent procedure to produce your full results. Dr. Cole has refined his tumescent liposuction technique further, using a smaller cannula and expert methodology to minimize trauma to the skin and tissue. These specialized techniques, combined with the extra time Dr. Cole takes with each of his patients, lead to a more comfortable, pleasant experience and a quicker recovery period. In fact, our patients do not need any pain medication after treatment and they are usually able to return to their regular activities within a matter of days. Recovery Basics Despite the faster recovery process after Dr. Cole’s liposuction method, you will still need at least a couple of days of downtime to rest and recover from your treatment. You will go home within hours, sporting a compression garment over the treatment area to reduce bruising and swelling and stimulate healthy blood flow to the area. Any swelling and bruising you do experience should subside within about one week. You will have a follow-up visit with Dr. Cole during that time so he can check your recovery process and ensure no potential complications arise. Seeing Results It might be hard to see the results of your procedure during that first recovery week. Bruising and swelling may interfere with your final body contour. However, once your treatment area is fully healed, you should see a smoother, leaner profile develop in the treatment area. We find that our tumescent liposuction technique produces superior, natural results that our patients love. As long as you stick to your healthy lifestyle habits after your procedure, those positive results should be long-lasting as well. Don’t put off liposuction because you are worried about the recovery process. Most of the patients that undergo liposuction at Cole Aesthetic Center are pleasantly surprised to discover just how quick and comfortable liposuction recovery can be. To find out more about this procedure, schedule your consultation with Dr. Cole by phoning us today at 360.613.2600.