It would be nice if the results from plastic surgery were instantly revealed, with no downtime or discomfort. Surgery has come a long way in the last few decades, but, unfortunately, there’s no magic method for skipping the realities of surgical recovery.
The good news is that many new surgical techniques have made operations and recovery far more comfortable for patients, such as the gentle, laser-assisted method of SmartlipoTM laser liposuction.
Smartlipo requires just a few days of initial post-op recovery time, but it’s important to know how the less-glamorous aspects of surgical recovery can affect your comfort and results.
Drainage following this procedure is an important aspect to healing, and you should understand what to expect to help you take care of yourself.
Why Drainage Is Important
Liposuction involves breaking down excess fat using one of several methods, and Smartlipo specifically uses tumescent fluid and a laser fiber to accomplish this. Once the fat has been gently melted with the laser, the surgeon suctions out the fat through a small tube (cannula) inserted into a tiny incision made in order to access the areas to be treated.
Following the surgery, there will be additional fluids that need to be drained from the body, particularly anesthetic fluid, used to help keep the patient comfortable during the procedure. Because Smartlipo is a gentle procedure that is used to treat only isolated areas of fat, the surgeon will typically not need to place drains to help facilitate the process.
Drainage is important because it helps reduce post-op swelling, which can hasten healing and results.
Drainage & Care
Before you go to your surgical appointment, you will want to prepare your home and your car as well. Place a plastic sheet and towel wherever you plan to sit. Drainage occurs mostly during the first 48 hours following surgery, so it’s a good idea to keep covering your chairs and bed during this time to keep them clean and protected while you are healing.
After this, gauze over the wounds is usually sufficient for any additional drainage. The fluid that drains is usually blood-tinged anesthetic fluid (pinkish in color). Call your surgeon if the fluid has a foul smell, is dark red, or if you notice other signs of trouble such as a fever of over 100 degrees.
The most important tip, however is to follow your doctor’s instructions closely, including taking all of your prescribed antibiotics on time and until finished. By caring for yourself properly, you can help facilitate good results and a quick recovery with no complications.
Finding a Cosmetic Surgeon
Whatever procedure you are interested in, it’s best to find a specialist who has years of experience along with caring about his or her patients’ safety, results, and comfort. Our Smartlipo experts are located in New York, but are world-renowned for their skills and frequently see patients from around the world.
For more information about Smartlipo at our AAAHC accredited surgical center, visit us in Commack, Long Island or Manhattan, NYC by calling us today to schedule your complimentary consultation.
We offer low monthly payments and zero down financing options for patients with good credit. We can get you pre-qualified right in the office during your free consultation! Don’t wait another day; come in and see if laser lipo is right for you.
Smartlipo is a trademark of Cynosure, Inc. This page does not communicate the full list of complete risks and potential complications from this surgery. To receive a list of post-op risks & complications, please contact our office. The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns.