Liposuction

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Liposuction is surgery to remove extra fat from under your skin.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, or vitamin E for at least 2 weeks after surgery. These medicines can increase your risk of bleeding.

  • Pain medicine: You may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.

  • Stool softeners: This medicine makes it easier for you to have a bowel movement. You may need this medicine to treat or prevent constipation.

  • Diuretics: This medicine is given to decrease edema (excess fluid) that collects in a part of your body, such as your legs. Diuretics can also remove excess fluid from around your heart or lungs and decrease your blood pressure. It is often called water pills. You may urinate more often when you take this medicine.

  • Steroids: This medicine may be given to decrease inflammation.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wound care:

When you are allowed to bathe, carefully wash the incisions with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages any time they get wet or dirty. Put your pressure garment on over the pads.

Self-care:

  • Elevate: Raise your arm or leg above the level of your heart as often as you can. This will help decrease swelling and pain. Prop your arm or leg on pillows or blankets to keep it elevated.

  • Ice: Ice helps decrease swelling and pain. Ice may also help prevent tissue damage. Use an ice pack or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover the ice pack with a towel and place it on your incision for 15 to 20 minutes every hour as directed.

  • Wear your pressure garment: Wear the pressure garment inside out to prevent the seams from leaving marks on your skin. Do not remove the pressure garment except to shower or use the bathroom.

  • Exercise: Start to exercise when your primary healthcare provider says it is okay. Ask him about the best exercise plan for you.

  • Eat a variety of healthy foods: Healthy foods include fruit, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meat, and fish. Ask if you need to be on a special diet.

  • Drink liquids as directed: Adults should drink between 9 and 13 eight-ounce cups of liquid every day. Ask what amount is best for you. For most people, good liquids to drink are water, juice, and milk.

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have nausea and vomiting.

  • Your pain does not go away or gets worse, even after you take medicine.

  • Your incision is red, swollen, or draining pus.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have not been able to urinate for 12 hours after surgery.

  • Your stitches come apart.

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.

  • You have chest pain or shortness of breath.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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