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I had abdominal liposuction performed yesterday (10/23/08). My PS said he removed 1400 cc. He said I need to wear the garment 24 hours/day for the 1st two weeks and then half time after that. Also, other post op instructions are to keep my head elevated on pillows even while sleeping. The procedure itself has made it difficult to get comfortable then coupled with needing multiple pillows makes it tough for me to relax since i like to sleep on my side. I found myself last night taking more vicodin and valium than I thought I actually but it so I might sleep better.
My question is this - how long do I need to sleep with my head elevated? ...and resume my usual sleep routine. Any suggestions?
With regard to post operative care for liposuction, you will find many different opinions and recommendations from many different surgeons. Personally I do not make my patients elevate their head after liposuction as I cannot image it has any effect in terms of healing. There are certain procedures where it is important for patients to elevate their head, typically with facial plastic surgery or possibly when I do fat transfer to patient’s eyelids or on their face with liposuction. But for pure liposuction of the abdomen alone I do not personally feel it is necessary. I would probably call your particular surgeon and ask him this point and say is it really imperative that you elevate your head. My guess is that he would say that it is not the most important thing and would find a comfortable position for you to sleep in. The worst it could possibly do is maybe just cause some more temporary swelling which will go down anyway. In terms of affecting your final result, there should be no difference whatsoever whether your head is elevated or not.
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