After the Surgery
Patients are generally able to return home two hours following the surgery.
Most patients will experience some pain along any areas that underwent liposuction. This usually settles within a few weeks and Dr. Lee will prescribe you a pain reliever to ensure your comfort. Many patients can return to work after 2 weeks but no strenuous activity or going to the gym is advised until at least the fourth week.
No sitting is permitted for the first 2 weeks (except for toileting). Following this, you may sit with a pillow placed underneath your thighs but not touching the buttocks. This means that your buttocks will be in the air with no pressure applied to it. Direct pressure must be avoided for at least 8 weeks.
A supportive compression garment must be worn for the first 6-8 weeks following surgery. This helps to decrease the amount of swelling and aid in the healing process.
Dr. Lee will typically see you within one week after the surgery. At this time, he will also provide you with detailed scar care instructions. The next visits will be after 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 1 year.
The final results will often be initially obscured by the amount of swelling. It can take 3 to 6 months for the final result to be evident. For this reason, clothes shopping should be avoided for at least 3 months.