After being injected, patients are pleased to discover they can resume their normal activities immediately. The results are also visible right away, which gives instant gratification. Although there may be minor swelling due to the injections, the majority of this swelling will subside within the first 24 hours. Patients typically find the non-surgical nose job to be an easy, quick, and exciting process that results in an aesthetically beautiful and pleasing appearance.
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For more invasive liposuction procedures, we encourage our patients to stay with a friend or family member afterward. If this is not possible, you may want to consider hiring a home health care worker to help take care of you. The cost of this will depend on the type of worker you hire (registered nurse, registered practical nurse, or personal support worker), and how long they stay.
Your recovery will depend on the area or areas treated. Recovery times vary from patient to patient, but someone undergoing liposuction on the abdomen or thighs should plan to take 1 week off from work. Compression garments are worn in the first few days following the procedure, but many people choose to wear them for longer because they help with swelling and support. Limited activity is encouraged immediately to help in the healing process, but more strenuous activities should be avoided for 2 to 4 weeks. Bruising is usually gone within a week or 2, and swelling may take up to 6 months to resolve entirely.
A technique called “tumescent liposuction" is the most common method for removing fat around the stomach, buttocks, thighs and ankles. It’s also considered the safest. “Tumescent” means that large amounts of buffered salt water are injected into fatty tissue beneath the skin. The doctor makes a cut in the fatty area to be treated, then inserts beneath the flesh a strawlike tube called a cannula that is attached to a vacuum. At the end of the cannula is a stiff wand. The doctor moves it back and forth in rapid motions to loosen fat. The procedure takes 45 minutes to two hours, with a recovery time of up to two weeks. The full effect of liposuction is seen six to 12 weeks after the procedure is performed. After the procedure, the area is bandaged and the patient must wear a compression garment for one to two weeks. Pain and bruising may last up to two weeks, and swelling may last for two weeks to two months.
During the consultation, Dr. Torgerson would evaluate whether the individual is a good candidate for this treatment. Patients could even use the VECTRA 3D imaging system to see a visual of their potential final results prior to the injectable filler being used. Patients could browse through before and after photos of previous non-surgical nose job patients and decide on a course of action.
“I generally recommend that my patients take between three and seven days off after liposuction, depending on how many areas were worked on and your pain tolerance,” Dr. Samuel Sohn, a Henderson, Nevada, plastic surgeon says in a liposuction recovery Q&A. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication, though you may find you only need an over-the-counter pain reliever.