A - In some cases, areas left lumpy after liposuction can be treated. One doctor was able to create a slight improvement by going over the area with a small cannula. Another time with another patient, he utilized fat grafting to somewhat smooth out the dented areas.
Another physician used a new technique called Slimlipo to correct lumps and contour deformities after liposuction. 'Slim' is an acronym for Selective Laser Induced Melting. The maker claims SlimLipo's laser wavelength melts fat 3-5 times better than SmartLipo. Boston plastic surgeon, Dr Brooke Seckel offers before and after photos on his site of patients who have had the procedure.
Q - Is there anything I can do to make the bruises heal faster?
A - Arnica cream is useful in making bruises fade faster. One advocate of the natural herb suggests applying it twice a day until the bruises fade.
Supplementing your diet with leafy, green vegetables that contain Vitamin K also helps. Vitamin K supports the body's ability to reabsorb the blood in surrounding tissues, thereby helping fade the bruise and restoring the skin to normal color. If you can find Vitamin K cream in your area, using it twice daily will help bruises fade.
Q - When will the bruising from surgery fade?
A - The duration of bruising depends on the post-operative care technique used by the surgeon.
Q - Can I drink alcohol after liposuction?
A - Alcohol causes bleeding and cannot be drunk for 7 days after surgery. In addition, alcohol should not be mixed with pain medication.
Q - How long do I have to wear the garments?
A - Compression garments are usually worn 2 to 6 weeks after liposuction surgery.
Q - Why do I have to wear garments after surgery?
A - In the early days of liposuction, compression garments were created to reduce bleeding immediately after surgery and to reduce swelling the time that the body is healing. However, with the invention of tumescent liposuction, surgical bleeding was eliminated.
Compression garments can also help prevent seromas.
Q - Are the after surgery garments comfortable?
A - Compression garments are similar to girdles and Spanx in terms of comfort level.
Q - What can I expect after surgery?
A - The areas treated by liposuction feel like large bruises. The pain is moderate to severe depending on how many areas are treated at once.
Q - Will the fat come back?
A - If you gain weight, the fat cleared away by liposuction will come back. However, the treated areas have a permanently decreased capacity for additional fat.
Q - What does liposuction cost?
A - Liposuction costs vary from doctor to doctor. Here is sample pricing chart to give you an idea of cost.
Abdomen, upper & lower 3,000 - 7,500
Abdomen, lower 2,000 and up
Arms 1,500 - 5,000
Back, female 1,500 - 4,000
Breasts, female 3,000 - 7,500
Breasts, male 3,000 - 5,000
Buttocks 1,500 - 4,500
Chin, Cheeks, Jowls, Neck 2,000 - 4,500
Flanks, male 2,000 - 5,000
Anterior Thighs & Knees 2,000 - 5,000
Inner (Thighs & Knees) 2,000 - 5,000
Hips/Waist 1,600 - 5,000
Outer Thighs 1,600 - 5,000