Ohio cosmetic surgeon Dr. Faisal Quereshy recommends liposuction to patients with the following cosmetic concerns:
Dr. Quereshy will begin to ready you for liposuction and provide you with aftercare instructions and necessary prescriptions well in advance so you feel relaxed and prepared for your procedure. If you smoke or use other tobacco products, you will be required to quit using them at least six weeks before liposuction in Ohio.
Two weeks before and after surgery, you will be directed to discontinue taking medications and supplements that can thin the blood, such as ibuprofen, aspirin and vitamin E.
Abstain from alcohol for one week prior to liposuction, and do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. Let Dr. Quereshy know if you notice any signs of infection or illness prior to liposuction in Ohio, as it is imperative you be in good health before undergoing surgery.
Dress comfortably the day of surgery, and do not wear makeup, nail polish, jewelry, other metal items or contact lenses, but do bring glasses to help you read necessary paperwork. Tampon use is also prohibited the day of surgery.
During your liposuction surgery, most patients require only sedation anesthesia, however general anesthesia may also be used, especially if you are combining cosmetic surgery procedures or treating multiple areas. After cleansing the treatment area, Dr. Quereshy will place inconspicuous incisions near the fat deposits being removed.
Fat cells are broken up using tumescent fluid or a laser device, such as is used with the Smart Lipo or other laser liposuction procedures. Stubborn fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise will be suctioned out using a small, thin tube called a cannula. Liposuction surgery can correct irregular body contours and permanently reduce fat in almost any body area, such as the back, hips, thighs, belly, buttocks and arms.
If only one or two areas are being treated with liposuction surgery, the procedure typically takes 1-2 hours. However, if tummy tuck surgery or other cosmetic surgery procedures are performed simultaneously, the procedure will take longer.
A compression garment will be used following liposuction surgery to help reduce swelling, promote skin contraction and smooth healing. During liposuction recovery, patients are usually encouraged to wear the garment for 3-6 weeks except when showering. Patients may shower 1-2 days after liposuction surgery after your first follow-up visit and dressing change.
Take all prescribed antibiotics and pain medication as directed, and be sure to start moving around as much as is comfortable the day after your procedure. Dr. Quereshy will advise you when it is safe to return to normal and strenuous activity, however, most patients return to work and normal activity within one week.
During your liposuction recovery period, protect your incisions from sun exposure to avoid darkening your scars.
Bruising and swelling will gradually resolve over the next several weeks, and within about three months, your shapelier, slimmer body contours will be visible. Keep in mind it may take several more weeks to months for all swelling to completely resolve, as is true with chin liposuction or any other surgical fat removal procedure.
The Visage Surgical Institute is located in Medina, Ohio and serves local liposuction patients, as well as those from the greater Cleveland and Akron metro areas. For more information about liposuction in Ohio, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Quereshy, please call (330) 721-2323.