In Clinic Procedure
The in-clinic procedure typically takes 1-2 hours depending on the areas being treated. You will be given an oral sedative to relax you prior to surgery. You will also have the opportunity to us our Nitronox machine for additional anesthesia during the surgery. After the surgery is complete, you will be bandaged and put into the post-surgical garment. You will not be able to drive yourself home from the surgery but you will be awake and alert and able to walk without much discomfort.
Operating Room Procedure
You will arrive at the Surgery Center an hour prior to the surgery start time. The actual surgery typically takes an hour and a half to two hours depending on the areas being treated. You will be bandaged and put into the post-surgical garment and moved to the recovery room. You will spend about an hour in recovery before you are allowed to go home. You will not be able to drive home and will be a bit groggy for the remainder of the day. You will be able to walk without much discomfort.
The recovery period will vary with the areas treated by liposuction. You will be bruised and swollen but alert and mobile by the day after the surgery. Continuous use of the post-surgical garment is vital in achieving the optimum results of the surgery. Dr. Crabtree asks his patients to continue wearing the post-surgical garment for at least one to two weeks post op and often longer. The results will be evident immediately but will continue to improve and tighten over the next several weeks to months. You can return to normal daily routines in a few days and be back at strenuous activities in two to three weeks. The incisions are very small and will heal rapidly. Temporary numbness and tingling may take several weeks to resolve. Bruising usually clears up within a week.