The ports in the skin through which the liposuction procedure is carried out are very tiny (about 2mm) and don’t require sutures. Fluid will drain out of them in the immediate aftermath of the treatment and in fact this is to be encouraged. They will have closed within 24 hours. Dressings are applied and lipo compression garments are provided. These garments aid the contouring process, and should be worn as much as possible over the first two weeks, and then at night until 6 weeks after the procedure.
There will be some discomfort as the local anaesthetic wears off, it will feel as though the area has had a very serious exercise workout, and this will ease over a few days. If needed, paracetamol can be taken, but not ibuprofen. There may be some residual numbness in the area which lasts for a few weeks. A prophylactic dose of antibiotics will be given on the day and this is usually enough. It is unusual to need any more.
During the few hours immediately after the procedure, there will be loss of fluid through the small ports, this is perfectly natural, as part of the BodyTite process requires that fluid containing local anaesthetic is injected into the sub-dermal area. Some of this is removed with the liposuction, but the remainder leaves through the ports or is processed by the body.
You should avoid strenuous exercise for the two weeks following the procedure, but should take care to keep active. Walking is good. Any exercise that produces shearing forces should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.
There is an immediate loss of fat volume following the procedure. However as this process requires the body to recover from the heating to the skin by laying down of collagen, tightening will continue and the full effects of the treatment will not be seen until 6-8 months after the procedure.
At follow up, we will treat any uneven contours with BodyFx, (the non invasive fat removal and RF skin tightening device).