In patients who are interested in further improving their abdomen, traditional liposuction can be performed on the abdomen after the fat for transfer is removed. The procedure usually takes 1-2 hours. It is important to work closely with your plastic surgeon. Be prepared to discuss your expectations and desired outcome. It is important to make sure all of your questions and concerns are addressed. Aspirin, Motrin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and some over-the-counter herbal medications must be discontinued at least 2 weeks prior to surgery. These and other drugs and substances may cause excess bleeding and bruising. You can usually begin taking them again after a week or so. Your plastic surgeon will discuss this in detail with you and you will also be given a sheet with a list of common medicines to avoid for a short period. Your plastic surgeon will detail the risks associated with surgery.
Following your surgery, small bandages will be applied to your hands. In addition, your abdomen may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or compression garment to minimize swelling. You will be given specific instructions on how to care of your incisions including any medications that you may need to take. Your plastic surgeon’s office will arrange your follow-up. For most plastic surgeons, there are no sutures to remove. It is most common to use absorbable sutures which melt on their own within a few months. You can shower the next day after your procedure but should stay out of the ocean or pool for a week or so. Moderate swelling and bruising can last up to 1 week. Fat graft is not done on the fingers; but the fingers may swell a small amount such that rings should not be worn for a week or so. Complete resolution of swelling may take a few weeks. You may be asked to avoid heavy lifting with the hands for 2 weeks. Most patients are able to drive after a day or so and can return to office work after a 2 or 3 days. The specific risks and the suitability of this cosmetic surgery procedure for you can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.