What to Expect While You’re Recovering from Liposuction

Bloomfield Hills, MI – A fast and dramatic procedure, liposuction is gaining popularity worldwide. And it’s no wonder: you can lose the fat that diet and exercise alone weren’t able to eliminate. But what happens when you get home? How do you achieve the best possible outcome from your procedure? Award-winning plastic surgeon, Dr. Ali, of Amae Plastic Surgery Center, sheds some light on the matter.

“First and foremost, before you have liposuction, be sure to consult with your doctor about the post-operative care you’ll need,” advises the Detroit-based surgeon. “Be sure to ask any and all questions you have, including whether or not you’ll have stitches, where to get the appropriate compression garments, and how long your recovery is expected to take. As always, communication is key.”

What are the first steps after my liposuction?

Depending on whether you’ve had general or local anesthesia, you’ll likely be out of the medical center 30 minutes to a few hours after your procedure. You’ll want someone who can drive you home, and then you’ll need time to rest in a comfortable environment. Expect to be sore and swollen after the anesthesia wears off.

Sometimes, you will be given pain medication for comfort and possibly antibiotics to prevent infection. It’s also important to walk as soon as you can after the surgery, as this will help prevent blood clots in your legs and lungs. While you should avoid vigorous exercise for a few weeks still, it’s important to keep your circulation going strong.

How long does it take to heal?

“If you’ve had just a small area treated, you should be feeling all right in a day or two. The bruising can last for a little while, usually a few days, and swelling sometimes lasts several weeks or months,” says Dr. Ali. “Luckily, most people can go back to work or school very soon after surgery.”

Of course, recovery times vary significantly from patient to patient. Although bruising and swelling are common at first, you will likely be back to your routine activities within a week or two. You may be surprised that you can jog, golf, and do light exercise fairly shortly after liposuction. After a month or so, you should be feeling back to normal. You can expect to see your final results in one to six months after liposuction after your body has adapted to your slimmer shape.

If at any time in your recovery you feel extreme pain or discomfort, have difficulty breathing or swallowing, or notice any signs of infection like fever or excessive swelling, it’s important to contact your doctor right away. “Though liposuction is now a common procedure, it is still a surgery, and all surgeries have risks,” says Dr. Ali. “It’s important that you communicate any problems to your surgeon immediately so that you receive the best care possible.”

Compression Garments

For the short-term, you’ll need to wear a compression garment to maintain the new contour created by your doctor. This clothing helps your body adapt to its new tissue and reduces looseness in your skin. Such compression also helps reduce swelling, which will speed up your healing process. Expect to wear your garment at least a month after surgery.

Long-Term Care

In the months and years to come, you’ll want to maintain your new body weight as best as you can. While liposuction removes existing fat, it cannot prevent you from gaining new fat cells. Thus, it’s crucial to keep a healthy lifestyle with consistent exercise and a good diet.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has an entire area of their website devoted to liposuction. You can also consult the Food and Drug Administration for more information.

The Final Word on Healing Properly from Liposuction

With liposuction, you can have great control over how your body looks and feels. Since this procedure is very commonly done, you can have a good idea of what to expect after talking with your doctor.

To learn more about liposuction or any other plastic surgery procedure, schedule an appointment with Bloomfield Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. M. Azhar Ali today.

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How to Preserve Your Plastic Surgery As You Age

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Plastic surgery is a rapidly growing field; there are millions of procedures performed annually in the U.S. alone. But as most techniques have been established just in the past 50 years, effects down the line may still be uncertain for many who’ve gone under the knife.

How can you best maintain the work you’ve had done? Detroit-area plastic surgeon Dr. M. Azhar Ali gives his take. “First things first: You should really do your homework when choosing a surgeon. Is he or she board-certified? Experienced? Easily accessible? Patient when answering your questions? What follow-up work, if any, will you need? What is the long-term outlook for your procedure?” Assuming you’ve already had surgery, read on to see what you can do and expect in the years to come.

Talk with Your Doctor

Depending on what you’ve had done, be sure you know how long the results are expected to last. Dr. Ali explains, “Gravity and time always take their tolls on everyone. Be sure you have a long-term care plan to determine what steps you want to take when inevitable changes happen. Ask your surgeon what to expect, and how to best deal with the aftermath of your procedure. For example, facelifts can easily be augmented later on with fillers.”

Results Vary by Type

Just as each patient is unique, so is each plastic surgery procedure. Breast implants typically last 10-20 years, depending on the materials used and the specific location of the insertions. A properly done rhinoplasty (nose job) should last a lifetime, though the skin on the nose still needs to be taken care of. After a facelift, touch-ups are common after about 7-10 years. Your outcome will depend on a variety of factors, including age, overall health, and the type of procedures done.

Care for Yourself Properly

Whether you’ve had breast augmentation, a facelift, liposuction, or other work, it’s crucial to take care of yourself after surgery. “Though it sounds cliché, it really is important to eat well, drink lots of water, and exercise when you’ve recovered from your procedure,” advises Dr. Ali.

Many people assume liposuction is a permanent fix, but it requires maintenance. “After liposuction of the abdomen or thighs, it’s not uncommon for patients to gain weight elsewhere, like the arms or back,” Dr. Ali notes. “It’s best to consult with your surgeon about post-care plans, in order to keep your new self in the best shape possible. Good skin care and weight regulation go a long way in post-surgery preservation.” Keeping your weight stable after fat-reducing surgeries can prevent further stretching and sagging; it will allow your skin to stay elastic and healthy for a long time to come.

Smoking has a detrimental effect on the body, and can even cancel some of the benefits of cosmetic surgery. For smokers, the skin won’t heal as well, and cells will have difficulty repairing themselves in the presence of nicotine. Quitting smoking can dramatically increase the positive results of any procedure.

Your amount of exposure to the sun is another way to change the outcome of your surgery—for better or worse. Using sunscreen and covering exposed areas with clothing can keep your skin in great shape for years to come. You’ll help to avoid extra marks, burns and other abnormalities by limiting your time in the sun.

Adequate sleep is also key. “People sometimes underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep,” says Dr. Ali, “but it is critical to recovery. By resting and sleeping well, you’re absolutely helping your body heal and restore itself. Basically, just make sure you take care of yourself as much as possible.”

To find out more about the long-term effects of plastic surgery, or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Ali at Amae Plastic Surgery Center in Detroit, Michigan today!

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How Photofacial Treatments Give You the Radiant Complexion You’ve Always Wanted

Bloomfield Hills, MI – If you are unhappy with your skin’s complexion or you have a skin ailment that has been bothering you for some time, there is a revolutionary new cosmetic surgery treatment you’ll certainly want to know about.

The treatment that can give you more youthful, radiant, and blemish-free skin is known as the “Photofacial,” also referred to photorejuvenation, and uses the power of mere light to help you look your very best.

Here is all you need to know about photofacial treatments so you can start planning the procedure that can give you the smooth, even-textured you’ve always wanted.

What Does Photofacial Treatment Consist Of?

When you go to the office of top Detroit plastic surgeon Dr. M. Azhar Ali for a photofacial treatment, you can expect to experience Selective Waveband Technology (SWT) first-hand.

Dr. Ali uses a device called the Frax 1550 Nordlys Hybrid System to administer SWT, which consists of highly-filtered light pulses that break up the upper skin layer and invigorate the skin underneath, bringing your natural radiance to the surface.

The Frax 1550 is technology handcrafted in Denmark and sports 15 FDA-approved treatments.

What is Photofacial Treatment Used For?

You would schedule an appointment with Dr. Ali if you wanted to get rid of damaged or wrinkled skin, or skin that’s marred by stretch marks, scars, acne, or age spots.

You would also come to Dr. Ali for a photofacial treatment if you notice uneven pigmentation, redness, and other skin problems you’ve tried to address yourself to no avail. The treatment can also be used for hand rejuvenation.

How Does a Photofacial Work?

Dr. Ali will ensure you are comfortable; then he will use an apparatus that emits a pulsing light over the affected area. The treatment time varies, but should only last around 15-30 minutes on average.

Is There Any Discomfort or Downtime?

Dr. Ali is one of the first plastic surgeons to offer the Nordlys Hybrid System. He chose the system because it is non-invasive, safe, and virtually painless. There is also minimal downtime.

Do the Treatments Work Right Away?

While every cosmetic surgery case is different, you should see an improvement in your skin color and tone following the very first treatment. If you have a severe case of sun damage or other skin problem, you may require additional treatments to achieve the desired results.

You may also require additional treatments if you tend to be of the fairer skinned variety, as Dr. Ali will be forced to lower the settings on the Frax 1550 to keep from burning your skin.

On average, patients visit Dr. Ali for 3-4 sessions of photofacial treatments before noticing maximum results.

Are the Results Permanent?

The results of a photofacial treatment can be extremely long lasting if you protect your skin from the sun and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen while out and about during the day.
If you don’t care for your skin as Dr. Ali recommends, you may have to return for re-treatment in the near future.

What Results Can Be Expected?

SWT technology uses longer wavelengths of light than the sunlight that reach deep into your skin to stimulate new collagen production. This gives your skin a more youthful and radiant glow.

You will also see an improvement in the texture of your skin. It will be smoother and softer to the touch, allowing you to not only look your best but feel that way too.

How Much is a Photofacial?

While your cost may vary depending on the areas that need to be treated and how many treatments you opt to receive, the average price for a photofacial treatment is around $450.

Do you still have questions about photofacial treatments (photorejuvenation) and how they can give you glowing and more youthful skin? Contact Dr. Ali at Amae Plastic Surgery Center in Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Michigan to schedule a consultation.

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