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Common Side Effects of Liposuction Treatment

By David Passaretti, MD on July 23, 2015


A woman’s trim legsThere are few people, if any, who are completely satisfied with their bodies. Unfortunately, even if you follow a strict diet and exercise program, your body may not respond as quickly or dramatically as you desire. There are certain areas of the body that retain stubborn fat deposits. Liposuction tones and tightens select areas to improve body contour and eliminate fat deposits. Liposuction is a highly successful procedure, but liposuction side effects do occur. Side effects are a normal part of the recovery process and, with proper preparation, should be nothing more than a temporary inconvenience. To learn more about liposuction side effects, contact our Fairfield practice today.

Liposuction Side Effects

Dr. David Passaretti employs the latest liposuction techniques to maximize the success of treatment and minimize patient discomfort during recovery. While this can help to decrease the severity of side effects, patients should not expect to go through liposuction treatment without experiencing some side effects. The following are the most common side effects of liposuction treatment:

  • Swelling: Swelling is a natural response to the alterations that are made during liposuction treatment. This is the most common side effect of any cosmetic procedure. Swelling may persist for several weeks, but will be at its worst during the first seven to ten days after liposuction surgery. Dr. Passaretti will use tape, bandages, or compression garments to apply constant pressure to the treatment area. These garments must be worn for three to four weeks and will reduce swelling during recovery. Gentle massage may also be helpful in alleviating swelling.
  • Bruising: Bruising is another common side effect of treatment and may vary from mild to severe. Bruising typically begins to fade within the first week of recovery. Ice packs may be helpful in reducing discomfort and promoting healing.
  • Discomfort: Unfortunately, patients may experience some pain and discomfort as they recover from liposuction treatment. This discomfort is likely to be the most significant during the first few days of recovery. Dr. Passaretti will provide patients with pain medication that can be used as directed to minimize discomfort.
  • Tight, itchy sensation: With the treatment area swollen and skin healing around the small incision sites, it is common for the skin to feel tight and itchy. It is important not to scratch at the incision sites as they heal, but ice packs may help to minimize any itching sensation. Dr. Passaretti can also recommend lotions that are safe to use during recovery (although the incision areas should always be avoided until they have healed).

While liposuction side effects may make recovery uncomfortable, there are many steps that can be taken to minimize the severity of these symptoms. It is also important for patients to remember that these side effects are temporary; soon, patients can enjoy the benefits of a tighter and more toned body.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have areas of the body that are not as tight and slim as you would like, and you have been unsuccessful in achieving the body contours you desire, it may be time to consider cosmetic treatment. Dr. David Passaretti offers a range of body contouring procedures, including liposuction, which can help you reach your aesthetic goals. Schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you.

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