Pain meds/antibiotics after lipo?
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Pain Medications and Antibiotics and Liposuciton
Antibiotics and Pain meds
Pain and antibiotics after liposuction
There is proven evidence that giving a single dose of antibiotics immediately prior to elective surgical procedures lowers infection rates.
This dose is typically given intravenously either in the preoperative area or in the operating room.
It is typically administered by nurses or by the anesthesiologist.
There is no need to take antibiotics prior to surgery.
The single dose is referred to as perioperative antibiotics.
Pain after liposuction is typically lesser than with more invasive procedures. Many patients will describe the feeling as a muscle burning sensation similar to that of having overexercised when being out of shape.
Most people consider liposuction as requiring three to five days of recovery.
Patients can typically engage in low-impact activities, such as walking, immediately after the procedure.
High-impact exercise, such as running, may take two to three weeks.
The amount of discomfort after liposuction is dependent on individual perceptions, anatomic areas treated and level of aggressiveness of the liposuction treatment.
These would be excellent topics to review with your plastic surgeon prior to the procedure.
Best of luck,
Mats Hagstrom, M.D.
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- You really will not need antibiotics after liposuction.
- Research consistently shows that antibiotics immediately before such surgery reduces the already low rate of infection.
- Most people have pain for 2 - 5 days -
- Pain medicines vary from surgeon to surgeon - I prescribe small amounts of oxycodone.
- Pain also varies with how much is removed so for specific information about your recovery, your own surgeon is your best source of information.
Hope you find this information helpful. Best wishes.
Antibiotics are really not necessary for uncomplicated liposuction.
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