After Liposuction

After liposuction, recovery will vary significantly from patient to patient, but also depends heavily on the length of procedure undergone, the number and extent of treatment areas, the volume of fat removed, and the type of anesthesia given. It is important to plan for sufficient rest and recovery time to allow your body to completely heal after liposuction. Consult your individual physician to understand better what to expect for a recovery after liposuction in your specific case, and be sure to follow their instructions carefully.

After liposuction, recovery is commonly described by many patients as involving a very, sore feeling similar to that created from a highly strenuous workout or even being involved in a car accident. Swelling and bruising are quite common after liposuction surgery and may last for weeks or even months, but can be minimized if managed carefully. Pain after liposuction can usually be managed with over the counter medications.

Liposuction Risks & Complications

All surgical procedures carry some level of risk for complications and side effects, and lipo surgery procedures are no different. In addition to soreness, swelling and bruising, other possible complications after liposuction may include bleeding, numbness, nerve damage, skin irregularities, scars, discoloration, anesthetic reaction and even death. Please consult with your individual physician for a thorough discussion of the risks of liposuction. All patients should carefully weigh the benefits of liposuction vs. the potential complications.

Compression after liposuction

Compression garments are commonly prescribed for wear after liposuction to help manage the level of swelling and bruising. Depending on the area treated, the garments may include a head/neck wrap, a compression sleeve, a compression suit, compression stockings or other variations. Compression garments may be prescribed for wear anywhere from a few days to weeks or even months in some cases. The amount of compression may be reduced over time, but it is important to follow your physician’s instructions to avoid unnecessary complications and discomfort.

How long will liposuction recovery take?

It is common for the swelling, bruising and soreness to last for weeks (and sometimes months) after liposuction. The smallest liposuction procedures (e.g. chin liposuction) may only require recovery for a couple of days; however larger, more involved liposuction procedures typically require recovery of a month or more. It is important to plan for sufficient downtime and rest to allow the body complete recovery.

When is liposuction recovery complete? When can I see my new body?

The swelling after liposuction (and sometimes remnant tumescent solution) provides distortion that can make visualization of your new body profile difficult for some time. For larger procedures, you may only begin to see some results after a month of recovery and your optimal silhouette may only take shape after 3-4 months (once all swelling has completely subsided).

Chin Liposuction

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Get rid of that double chin or loose 'waddle' area to get the sculpted chin you always wanted.
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Neck Liposuction

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Eliminate jowls or other excess neck fat to create a more defined jaw-line.
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Arm Liposuction

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Suck away all that underarm flab in an hour long procedure.
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Abdominal Liposuction

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Make love handles or that annoying 'pooch' a thing of the past.
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Thigh Liposuction

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Saddle bags be gone! Find your legs of yesteryear underneath that excess fat.
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