Due to VHD being performed with under general anaesthetic, patients are able to leave our hospital on the same day or the morning after the procedure. The incisions are very small, and are usually left open with no sutures so that they can heal naturally, and any excess fluid can leave your body within the first 12 hours after the procedure. You surgeon will discuss a post-VHD programme with you, and ensure that you are provided with information on how to maintain your new body shape. This will include the use of a compression garment that will have to be worn for a week after the procedure.
Generally you will be able to return to un-strenuous activities within a few days of VHD, and can make it back to the gym within a month. Recovery times will vary depending on how many areas you are having treated, and how much fat is being removed from these areas.
Once fat has been removed it is permanent, and so long as you maintain a good fitness program and follow a healthy diet, then the fat removed by VHD will not return to the treated areas. VHD can help you to achieve a fit, toned or muscular appearance when exercise or diet might not have been able to produce these results alone. Patients become noticeably more health conscious after enjoying the results of their surgery, so it can also help to boost your incentive to lead a healthier lifestyle.
VHD is more gentle on your body, and unlike other liposuction techniques which include vacuuming of fat (the old traditional way). This helps to reduce the risks involved. Due to the use of tumescent fluids and the use of ultrasonic waves to dislodge the fat cells, bleeding and bruising are minimal as surrounding tissues remain unaffected.
There are some concerns about nerve damage, skin irregularity and discolouration but these are very rare and as long as your surgeon has extensive background experience, then these shouldn’t occur. Our Surgeons at Berkeley Square Medical have performed over 9000 successful lip surgeries to date.