Conduct of the Procedure
This is a one-day surgery which lasts up to one to few hours depending on the number of areas to be treated. The procedure is carried out under general anesthesia or under local anesthesia with sedation. Every effort is made to ensure maximum comfort. The incisions made are only a few millimeters long and are usually barely visible. A girdle will also be installed in the operating room. It helps reduce the extent of the edema and achieve the best possible result.
The girdle installed during the surgery must be worn at all times for a period of two weeks, and only at night for two more weeks. It can be removed for wound care and to take a shower. It helps achieve optimal result.
We recommend that patients limit their activities in the first three days after the surgery. Normal activities can be gradually resumed after four to six weeks.
Patients must rest during the first days, but they must also move their legs, walk regularly, and drink a lot of water to prevent blood clots in their legs (thrombophlebitis).
It is normal to feel some pain after a surgery, especially when several areas were treated.
A certain amount of discharge coming through the dressings is normal in the first few days. They can be changed, if need be. Heavy, bright red bleeding should prompt the patient to see a doctor.
Showers are usually allowed 3 days after the surgery.
Some of the treated areas may need massages after the surgery. If necessary, this will be discussed during the consultation.
Regular follow-up visits will be scheduled to ensure no complications occur. These visits are an opportunity to assess the result and give further instructions. It is not unusual for an edema to persist for several months. This explains why the assessment of the final result can take up to one year.