Tumescent Liposuction leaves local anesthetic solution in the tissues resulting in much greater comfort after surgery than the older techniques. This prolonged relief can be of value in cases done under sedation general anesthesia. Most of Dr. Bermant's Plastic Surgery Anesthesia is under heavy sedation. Once this wears off, most patients experience some discomfort. Although we prescribe a strong pain medication, most of our patients tell us that plain Tylenol is more than enough to manage their comfort.
You may weigh more, about the same, or less right after surgery. Some of this is from the extra fluid used during the tumescent technique that you will urinate over the next day or so. Some weight will be from the fluid of tissue swelling. How much and where depends on what was done. Since there is less bruising and bleeding from Tumescent Liposuction, there is less blood to be absorbed and irritate tissues. The lack of this irritation means that the swelling goes down much faster.
After sedation or general anesthesia, eat lightly at first to avoid an upset stomach. Drinking some extra liquids will help your body adjust its fluid balance. Since there is a lot of fluid injected during Tumescent Liposuction, some does leak out of the tiny wounds after surgery. This is normal and should end by the next day. Using feminine pads or dressings to catch this liquid is an effective way to deal with this minor inconvenience. You can resume showering by the second day after surgery.
Tumescent Liposuction results in a rapid improvement of your shape. Most of the swelling goes down in a few days but part of the result is from the contraction of tissue that has been treated. Although my patients see a dramatic improvement within 7-14 days, it will take 3 to 4 months to see most of the changes in your contour.