Liposuction Recovery Timeline

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Are you thinking about Liposuction to help get rid of stubborn excess fat that won’t go away no matter how hard you diet and work out? You may feel excited to feel confident in your newly contoured body finally, but the recovery period plays a significant role in your final results. It’s critical to follow your plastic surgeon’s post-op instructions to make sure you get the results you desire. The following Liposuction recovery timeline should give you a good idea of what to expect post-surgery.

The First Week

As with all other plastic surgery procedures, you will need a friend or family member to take you home, and you will be wearing all appropriate compression garments and/or bandages. You may still also be feeling the effects of the anesthesia or pain medication throughout the first 24-hours. While movement will be limited and energy levels will be lower than usual, it’s essential to take short, slow walks when you feel ready to reduce the risk of blood clots. Patients typically take a few days off work to recuperate. However, some choose to take two weeks to have more time to recover from surgery.

Two to three weeks after surgery

At the two-week mark, the pain and soreness should be fading, and most patients can return to work with the approval of their surgeon. During this time period, incisions will have healed, and discomfort will have subsided. Mild bruising and swelling may remain but will continue to improve. At the three- and fourth-week mark, most patients can begin light to moderate exercise depending on how you’re feeling.

One to three months after surgery 

Pain and soreness should be gone by the one-month mark. While there may still be minimal swelling present, you should be able to start seeing your results. And while garments may no longer need to be worn around the four-to-six-week mark, your surgeon will let you know when it is okay to stop wearing your garment. Keep in mind that it can take up to six months for the skin to tighten fully.