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Is Bruising Common after Liposuction?

By tmccall on April 10, 2015

Slender female sunbathing at the beachFor many years now, liposuction has remained one of the most popular and most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures. This is because patients of all ages, gender, and size have stubborn deposits of fat that fail to respond to controlled diet and exercise. Liposuction allows us to permanently eliminate these stubborn pockets of fat in order to improve a patient’s body contours. Liposuction can also be performed on many areas of the body, including the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, calves, and ankles. Because of its wide versatility, liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that is appropriate for a great number of our patients. Despite the many benefits of liposuction, many patients have concerns regarding what recovery from liposuction will be like. Specifically, liposuction and bruising concerns many of our Milwaukee patients, as some have heard stories of significant and excessive bruising during liposuction recovery. While bruising is one of the most common side effects of liposuction, under the care of Dr. Tracy McCall, most patients can keep bruising to a minimum.

How Bad is Liposuction Bruising?

Dr. McCall always aims to provide high quality care for her patients that will maximize their safety and comfort before, during, and after treatment. While side effects are unavoidable following a procedure such as liposuction, Dr. McCall does take great care to ensure that a patient’s recovery will be smooth and side effects will be minimal. One way in which Dr. McCall minimizes swelling and bruising following liposuction is by utilizing the tumescent liposuction technique. This technique involves inserting significant volumes of a saline solution beneath the skin at the start of the liposuction procedure. This solution contains anesthetic so that it also minimizes pain. After administering this solution and allowing it to sit for several minutes before beginning fat removal, the small blood vessels in the treatment area are able to constrict. Because the blood vessels are able to constrict, the procedure will result in less bleeding, which serves to minimize bruising during recovery.

While there are cases in which significant internal bleeding occurs (therefore resulting in excessive bruising), this is rarely the case for Dr. McCall’s patients. Although bruising will be noticeable around the treatment area, most of our patients experience only mild to moderate bruising. These bruises should begin to fade within just a few days after liposuction treatment and have often completely dissipated within a week or two of recovery.

Recovery Tips

Although Dr. McCall does her best to make recovery easy for her patients, it is also extremely important that they follow the post-operative instructions they are provided. By adhering to the following recovery tips, patients can do their part to minimize bruising and other liposuction side effects:

  • Use provided compression garments as instructed
  • Care for surgical drains as instructed (when applicable)
  • Ice the treatment area frequently
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity for at least six weeks after treatment
  • Use recommended herbal supplements to help control pain and swelling
  • Stay well hydrated
  • Minimize salt intake

With proper care, liposuction recovery can be a smooth and uncomplicated process. Better yet, when recovery is complete, patients are left with a tighter, slimmer body and more pleasing body contours.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are looking to tone and tighten certain areas of your body, liposuction may be able to help. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to find out more about this popular procedure and learn from Dr. Tracy McCall if liposuction is right for you. We look forward to hearing from you.

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