On the day of your liposuction
On the day of your liposuction procedure you will generally receive a local anesthetic. The surgeon will carefully insert the liposuction wand known as the cannula directly into the fat layer beneath your skin.
Gradually and using a forward and backward motion, the surgeon uses the cannula to slice through the fatty tissues located in the area. A vacuum like suction device is attached to the opposite end of the cannula and is powered up to remove fat which has been dislodged.
In some cases a vacuum is not used and the fat cells are removed manually using a syringe. Care must be taken to avoid grooves which appear in the fat layer matching the size of the cannula. Ultrasonic liposuction methods vibrate the cannula at a very high frequency which helps smooth out the fat for a more appealing look.
When patients leave the surgery facility to go home, they are usually groggy for about 12 hours or overnight. That is why it is very important to have someone who can assist you with getting around and taking your medications for at least the first 24 hours.
Make sure you prepare your bedroom in advance and have your medications, soft drinks, and towels at your bedside. Many patients are nauseated during the first 24-48 hours. You may also notice blood-tinged fluids oozing from your incision sites. Do not be alarmed as this is a normal result of liposuction. This usually stops within a day, your surgeon will leave tiny incisions open so the fluid liquid seeps out and minimizing bruising. You should cover your bed and keep valued clothing away during this period to avoid staining.
After the procedure, the incisions made are typically closed with stitches. Depending on the size of the cannula some incisions are so small they can heal properly without stitches. Generally patients can resume normal activities 7-14 days following surgery.