If you’re considering cosmetic plastic surgery, you’re likely to have a few questions. When it comes to surgery, it’s important to choose a board-certified surgeon who specializes in the procedure you want and to come to your consultation prepared with questions.
Here at CNY Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Gregory Baum and Dr. Anthony Deboni, have years of experience and training in many advanced cosmetic surgery procedures. Both surgeons are recognized local and regional experts in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breasts and body.
Now, with all this knowledge, you may still be wondering, what happens after my procedure? What steps can I take to ensure proper healing? What can I expect from my results? We get these questions frequently, so we thought we’d take the time answer them here:
What is the importance of compression after plastic surgery?
To ensure a safe, quick and efficient recovery, we recommend wearing compression garments after your surgical procedure. Compression garments help to improve comfort by supporting your incisions and reducing swelling. With compression, you’re applying constant pressure to the healing tissues. In turn, you’re preventing excess fluid from building up. With less swelling, you can heal faster! Not only that, but compression can also help improve your overall results. For example, after liposuction, compression helps the skin adhere to your new body shape and prevent any flabbiness or wrinkles. You can find a compression garment for nearly every part of the body in any shape or style. Plus, you’ll feel a lot better wearing them. Compression garments not only aid in your post-surgical recovery, but also help protect against any possible pain that may occur if you accidentally bumped into a hard surface.
How long after plastic surgery or liposuction does skin regain feeling?
Generally, whether sensation loss occurs depends on the procedure. It can last longer after more invasive surgeries such as breast augmentation. Loss of sensation after liposuction is rare however, with most patients returning to normal feeling within a few weeks of surgery. After liposuction, you’ll need to wear a compression garment for the first one to four weeks to encourage healing in an attractive, compact shape. Downtime post-surgery typically involves at least a week of rest at home and at least four weeks without any strenuous exercise. You’ll notice improvements immediately after your procedure with optimal results appearing gradually in one to three months. What’s great about liposuction is that your fat cells cannot grow back. A consistent exercise routine and sensible diet will enable you to maintain your enhanced look indefinitely.