1. Refer to the enclosed pre operative checklist/timeline for info on you blood work, physical, etc. This needs to be done and at our office at least 1 week prior to surgery date or we reserve the right to cancel your procedure.
The day of the Procedure
1. Shower with the Hibiclens or Betadine. Wear glasses instead of contacts. Avoid wearing any makeup, moisturizer, or lotion on your skin.
Of the many patients that Dr. Hall has treated in and around the Scottsdale and Arizona, Arizona area, more than 80% have returned to work in 48 hours. That's because Dr. Hall understands the importance of post-operative care. After tumescent LIPOSUCTION surgery, he outlines some of the common occurrences and prescribes an after surgery regimen that helps patients successfully return to normal activities within a short period of time.
The most critical step a patient can take in aiding recovery is to diligently wear the compression garments and absorptive pads that Dr. Hall recommends. Depending on the location of your procedure, these devices are usually worn for up to one week. They put pressure on the canals that the cannula has created in the body, squeezing out the fluids that typically accumulate during the surgery. Eliminating these fluids reduces long-term swelling. Removing the garments too soon may result in prolonged drainage.
Keep the incisions clean. You should shower once or twice daily, but do not submerge in a tub of water. Also avoid soaking in Jacuzzi tubs, swimming pools and ocean water for at least a week to prevent infection. When cleaning the incision, first wash your hands, then gently wash the sites with soap and water. Pat them dry with a clean towel and apply new absorbent pads. Do not cover the incisions with hydrogen peroxide, topical antibiotics or plastic Band-Aids. They heal faster without such treatments. When incisions have not drained for more than 24 hours, it is no longer necessary to cover them with a pad.
During drainage of the treated areas, you may discharge a large volume of blood-tinged fluid. This is common and is not usually a sign of hemorrhaging or a cause for alarm. A large volume of drainage actually speeds the healing process and reduces soreness, swelling and bruising. Likewise, you should not be concerned if you only experience a small volume of drainage. This will not delay healing or cause excessive swelling. Every patient's body responds to surgery and heals in a different way.
It is important to note that neither heating pads nor ice should be used to relieve swelling after tumescent LIPOSUCTION. The procedure traumatizes capillaries and veins that transport blood and other substances to the fat cells. Icing these vessels would cause them to shut down, thereby starving the tissues of the oxygen and nutrients they need. In fact, there are some individuals who are particularly sensitive to the effects of icing following LIPOSUCTION. They may be undiagnosed suffers of the disease cryoglobulinemia. This extremely rare malady, in which little bits of protein (cryoglobulins) clump together in blood vessels when chilled, is not usually tested for during routine blood tests. Many sufferers live in warmer climates and may not even notice symptoms of the disease until they experience a reaction to icing. Chilling the cryoglobulins plugs the blood vessels, cutting off air and food to the tissues, which causes them to die and leave large scars that could become infected.
Tumescent LIPOSUCTION can be successfully performed on patients with cryoglobulinema if a good warming device is used during the procedure and ice is not applied for quite some time afterwards. However because there are no known timeframes for which it is safe to use ice, it is probably best that ice packs be avoided.
It may be necessary for Dr. Hall to prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. Take them with food and as directed until the prescription is finished. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen or similar NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for three days after surgery. They increase bleeding and can impair platelet function. They also weaken immune response to infection. Should you experience fever, foul smelling drainage, or redness, unusually swelling or pain in the treated area, call us immediately.