Recovery after liposuction surgery differs from patient to patient; some individuals are able to return to their work within two to three days, while others require a longer work off to give the swelling and bruising enough time to dissipate.
Meanwhile, it is not uncommon to experience lightheadedness after liposuction, which is caused by several factors. But in most cases, the “feeling” will only last about a day as the body flushes out the anesthetics and other excess fluids.
Aside from the surgical trauma and anesthetics, the lightheadedness might be also caused by decompression of the lower extremities after removing the compression garments.
While the temporary “fainting episode” does not pose serious threat, certain steps to prevent fall injuries and inconvenience remain important.
Anecdotal reports show that lightheadedness is common after urinating the morning following the surgery. For this reason, the usual advice is to stand up slowly and carefully after using the toilet.
Just to be on the safe side, some patients may also ask a capable adult to accompany them in the bathroom.
In case the patient starts to feel dizzy or lightheaded, the best thing to do is to sit down or lie down immediately on the floor until the feeling subsides to prevent fall injuries.
Because decompression could lead to lightheadedness, compression garments must be removed slowly if the patient is going to take a shower, preferably with another person’s assistance. Some doctors also believe that eating a small amount of food before taking off the garment could also prevent fainting episodes.
Eating small amounts of food every couple of hours could prevent hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, which is another cause of dizziness. It is important to note that the body needs glucose to have enough energy to perform its normal functions.
While the most common sign of hypoglycemia is hunger, patients should also look out for irritability, racing pulse, shakiness, confusion, and headaches.
It is important to note that while lightheadedness is normal within a day or two after a liposuction surgery, the patient is supposed to feel better as her body heals from the surgical trauma and anesthetic. For this reason, any persistent postoperative symptoms such as dizziness, swelling and bruising that are not improving must be immediately informed to a doctor.