During the procedure
Some liposuction procedures may require only local or regional anesthesia (anesthesia that is limited to a specific area of the body). Other procedures may require general anesthesia, which induces a temporary state of unconsciousness. You may be given a sedative (usually by intravenous injection) to help you stay calm and relaxed.
The surgical team will monitor heart rate, blood pressure and blood oxygen level throughout the procedure. If you feel pain, tell the surgeon. You may need to make adjustments in medications or movements.
The procedure could last up to several hours depending on the amount of fat that is extracted. After the procedure, the surgeon may leave the incisions open to drain the fluid.
If you have been given general anesthesia, you will wake up in a recovery room. Generally, you will spend at least a few hours in the hospital or clinic so that the medical staff can control your recovery. If you are in a hospital, you could spend the night there to ensure that you are not dehydrated or in shock due to the loss of fluids.
After the procedure
You may have pain, swelling and bruising after the procedure. You may have to wait a few days to return to work and a few weeks to resume normal activities, including physical activity.
The surgeon can prescribe medications to help control pain and antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. It is also possible that, for a few weeks, you should wear tight compression garments, which help reduce inflammation. During this time, you can expect some abnormalities in your silhouette, since the remaining fat should be accommodated.