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While the majority of the information here can be applied to liposuction performed anywhere, some of the information applies specifically to the practices of Drs. Perrotta and Pellegrino of Peninsula Plastic Surgery.

In the Recovery Room

The moment you awaken from anesthesia, you will notice the post-op garment surrounding the area treated.  It should feel snug.

If you received general anesthesia or IV sedation, you will feel drowsy and as if you keep falling in and out of sleep, and you might feel some nausea.

If you received local anesthetic alone, you will walk out of the operating room suite just about as easily as you walked in.


First night After Surgery

In you received general anesthesia or IV sedation, you will feel drowsy.  As the anesthesia wears off, you will start to feel pain.  You may also feel nausea, which would be due to the anesthesia and your pain medication.  Your pain medication can also make you feel itchy.  If you develop a rash or hives, call your doctor immediately.

Remember to take your antibiotics.   Stand up and walk around your bedroom or to the bathroom at least every four hours in order to protect yourself from developing a deep vein thrombus.  If you begin to vomit or retch, call your doctor so that he/she can call in some anti-nausea medication.

The most common problem following liposuction is leakage of thin, blood-tinged fluid from the tiny incisions used for the procedure. This fluid is some of the tumescent solution your surgeon injected to numb the treatment area and reduce the amount of blood loss. This fluid is tinged with blood and therefore red, but it is much thinner in texture. It could cause large, red stains on your clothing and bedding. If you experience such leakage and would like to discuss it with your surgeon, call our answering service through our office number 410 546-0464.


Day after Surgery

You will notice the onset of tenderness at the regions of your body treated.  Drainage from the tiny incisions should cease.


Second Day after Surgery

The areas treated will be most tender on this day.


Day Three through Five

Swelling will become maximal during this time.  Tenderness should improve gradually every day.  Most surgeons permit their patients to shower.  Following any showering, the post-op garment needs to be reapplied.

The need for narcotic pain medication should disappear.


Day Six through 21

Your blood level should return to normal during the latter part of this time interval. Until then, exercise only to the point where your heart rate remains below a level determined by your surgeon.  For most, this will be 120 beats per minute.  The majority of swelling will disappear.


After three weeks

Generally, most patients may resume strenuous physical activity. In most cases, eight weeks after surgery, the end result is visible.

It is very important for you to understand that the information above is for educational purposes only and does constitute post-operative instructions, which you must receive directly from your surgeon.