What Do You Need to Know!

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the various types of liposculpting procedures that we offer.

Sometimes the best way to get the information you need is to ask the questions that you want answered and we are happy for you to contact us and chat through any issues or concerns you have regarding the various types of liposculpting procedures that we offer.

As part of your consultation, you will meet your surgeon and your care coordinator, and between them they will guide you through the entire patient journey at Chrysalis and answer any questions you might have.

Below we have pulled together a list of some of the most common questions asked, but it you have any others please feel free to contact our patient care team.

The length of time it takes any individual to recover from surgery depends on many factors, such as general health, the type of procedure undertaken, the type of anaesthetic used, etc.

However, in general terms most surgeons agree that a full recovery from liposuction surgery, can take around six weeks or so. However, this is very dependent on the scale of the procedure and the surgical sites on the body and for some of the smaller procedures people may fell very well after two to three weeks with very few limitations on their lifestyle.

Your surgeon will be best placed to talk you through the specifics of your recovery at your consultation.

In most cases moderate pain will be experienced after a liposuction procedure which is relatively well controlled with over-the-counter pain medication in the first 1-2 weeks following the surgery.

Directly after surgery you are likely to experience a level of pain around the surgical sites and based on a pain assessment prior to discharge you will be given take home pain medication to manage this for the first few days after surgery.

If at any point after surgery, you experience bouts of severe pain this may indicate an infection or other complication, and we would request you contact the clinic immediately.

Liposculpting and or Liposuction is often carried out as a combination procedure in order to achieve the desired result for patients. As an example, liposuction may be combined with a neck lift or breast surgery to give better definition and a smoother appearance after surgery, minimising any contour irregularities.

In many cases these multiple procedures can be done as a single combined procedure however in some cases these may be carried out as separate procedures.

If it is likely that you will or may need additional or multiple surgeries your surgeon will discuss this possibility with you prior to committing to the procedure.

In many cases patients may start driving a car one week after surgery, however patients should only do this when they can operate a vehicle without any pain around the sites where they have had surgery.

At this point patients should not be using pain medication, and specifically patients should not drive a vehicle or operate equipment whilst taking medication where the information supplied explicitly states this.

In some cases you may have mild looseness or sagging in the areas where fat has been removed, in many cases non-surgical skin tightening using devices such as Indiba which appplies RF engery in these areas will improve the tightness and smoothness of the skin. Treatments such as this use the energy produced by the machine, in this case RF energy, to stimulate the production of collagen beneath the skin, resulting in  the skin becoming firmer and smoother over the course of a few treatments.

Non-surgical skin tightening procedures are only effective on skin with mild sagging and laxity, however if you find yourself with larger areas of loose or excess skin after Lipo, you may need to consider having an additional procedure to address this.

After surgery the simplest and most effective form of exercise is walking and we would encourage all patients to do this as soon as practically possible after surgery. Building up the duration and speed of your walks will help improve your general health and aid your recovery.

Patients should not attempt any form of intense physical exercise for typically two to six weeks post op if they have had significant surgery.

Intense exercise is likely to stress the surgical wounds and could result in wound break down and delayed healing which in turn may cause more scarring at the surgery sites.

Your surgeon will be able to give you specific guidance on what you can or can’t do after exercise.

Your ability to return to work will depend on several factors such as they type of work you do, the physical requirements of the job, the type of surgery you have had and the rate at which your body recovers.

Certain activities are likely to put stress on your surgical wounds and may cause pain and complications in the first 1-2 weeks, so patients should exercise their judgment. Heavy lifting, and other heavy manual labour should be avoided for between 4-6 weeks.

When planning you surgery your consultant will explain the type of physical limitations you may experience after your procedure and it may be prudent, if possible, to talk to your employer to discuss a return to work plan that suits all concerned.

Due to the range of surgeries we offer there is a wide range of times, some operations take around 30 minutes for single area liposuction or non surgical treatments,  however a procedure which addresses 4,5 or 6 different body areas  may take between 1.5 – 2 hours. The surgeon will advise you of this during your consultation.

With ongoing improvements in anaesthetics and surgical techniques more procedures are moving to being day case surgery which allows patients to have their surgery and go home later the same day.

Notwithstanding the above, patient safety is still paramount and in certain cases the complexity of the procedure you wish to undergo will result in you having to stay overnight for observation. Again, this is a decision that will be guided by the consultant’s clinical judgement and will be agreed by both parties prior to committing to a treatment plan and in these cases a patient will typically have a 1 night stay in hospital.

Also, for patients who live a distance away from our clinic you may wish to stay overnight in a local hotel in case you feel poorly after your procedure rather than undertake a car journey which may take several hours. We have local deals with hotels and your co-ordinator would be able to assist with this.

There will always be scars, so don’t believe anyone who tells you different.

The size and appearance of any scars after an operation can be affected by several factors, such as the skill of the surgeon, the location and size of the incisions, and your own personal genetics.  As a guide for patients, we always suggest that you look at any other scars from surgery or trauma, you might have and this will give you an indication of what your scar tissue will look like after surgery.

In the case of liposuction procedures, scars tend to be small, typically a few millimeters in length and the surgeon will endeavour to make as few incisions as possible and where practical locate these in areas which are not likely to be visible, whilst still achieving the desired result.

The time for scars to settle to their final appearance can take up to 12 months and there are several things we can do to help minimise their appearance such as  gentle massage, silicone gels and certain skin tightening treatments.

One of the most common questions asked is “Will the fat come back” in the areas treated after liposuction? As the fat cells in these areas have physically been removed by the liposuction process, it is highly unlikely that they will return. Fat cells do not regenerate, so it is reasonable to expect your results to be long lasting. However is is important that you optmise the reults of your procedure by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regime.

It is important that you know your Body Mass Index (BMI).

  • Patients with a BMI of 30 or less are unlikely to be rejected.
  • Patients with a BMI is between 30 and 32 may be rejected.
  • Patients with a BMI over 32 are unsuitable for treatment.

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