Liposuction Post-Operative Instructions

Liposuction Post-Operative Instructions

These are the aftercare instructions for liposuction. If you have had additional procedures performed, please read those instructions as well.

Liposuction involves placing small incisions in or around the areas of excess fat, The small wounds are created to access the areas that are being treated. Following the incisions, fluid containing numbing medication is then placed into these incisions. When the procedure is complete, the small wounds are then closed with stitches and glue.

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Please minimize your activity following surgery and slowly increase it over the next few weeks. The procedure does not require bed rest! You should be up and walking at least a few times per day (minimum) including the day of surgery.


Please read and follow all package inserts, warnings and instructions for any medications or products you use. Narcotic medications such as Percocet, Vicodin or Tylenol with codeine can cause constipation and you should consider taking an over counter stool softener at the same time. These medications already contain Tylenol, so do not take any additional Tylenol. You may add Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to the narcotics if desired, or instead of the narcotics. Do not take any aspirin containing products.

Wound Care

Fluid that was placed into the treated areas may leak and this is normal. The color may be bloody and should not alarm you. You can place gauze pads over the affected areas to absorb drainage. Continue the use of gauze pads until the leaking subsides. Consider placing old bed sheets or towels on to the bed prior to your procedure in case of any leaking.


Any garments should be worn for approximately two weeks. If you feel comfortable, wear them for longer. Your garments should be snug, not tight. If garments were not provided to you, none are needed.</p

You may begin showering 24 hours after surgery. Do not bathe. Remove the garment and any gauze pads. Gently shower and continue wearing the binder and garment. The gauze pads do not need to be replaced; the tapes that are covering the incisions may get wet If you were given a binder with cotton, you may remove any soiled areas and continue wearing the binder.

It is very important to stay fully hydrated during the post-operative period. It is best to drink water or dilute non-carbonated beverages the remainder of the day following surgery. Ensure that you are urinating at least a few times per day. You can resume solid food when you feel ready.

Changes in condition

If you have any other concerns please call the office during business hours from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. If them is a significant or concerning change to your condition, you should immediately call 911 or go directly to a hospital emergency room. Dr. Reilly‘s cellphone number is (203)209-6834 in ease of any questions.


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