WHAT TO EXPECT
Depending on your surgeon and the specific details of your procedure, you may be required to only use local anesthesia. However, many surgeons may use general anesthesia in order to lead the patient to a temporary state of unconsciousness. According to how much fat you are having removed, the procedure may last several hours.
When the procedure is over, you will awaken in a recovery room. In that room, you may be kept for several hours to monitor your recovery and ensure you do not go into shock from fluid loss. You may alternatively be kept for an entire day to ensure recovery before allowing you to go back home.
During the recovery process, you will likely experience pain, swelling, and bruising. You will need to wait several days before returning to work, and it may take weeks for you to be able to return to normal activities such as exercise. Several tools will help to ease this recovery period. This includes compression garments, antibiotics, and pain medication. Throughout this time, you may notice irregularities in your contour, but these will readjust as the fat settles into place. You will eventually see the results that you have been hoping for as time passes.