One of the most common questions about liposuction has to do with the recovery that follows the procedure. It is extremely important with any surgery to gather as much information about the entire process from pre-surgery to the recovery stage. Having adequate knowledge of the recovery process prior to the surgery can make the post surgical step much easier to manage.

Liposuction Recovery in the Short-Term

The entire procedure, from the time you enter the surgical facility until you leave, will take anywhere from one to five hours. The exact duration depends on the extent of the liposuction and some other factors. Most procedures of this nature are done with local anesthesia but someone will need to drive you home.

You can expect pain and swelling is expected in the treated area for at least a few days. The treated area will most likely be quite tender and often patients are recommended to wear supportive garments to aid with the recovery process and promote healing. Patients may experience minor pain that may linger for a few weeks after the procedure. If the pain does not subside after a few days consult your surgeon of the pain you are experiencing.

Liposuction Recovery in the Long-Term

The area which received treatment will be swollen only revealing the more slender results of your liposuction procedure after 7-10 days. It may take about two weeks for the final results to show, however, overall soreness may take up to 6 weeks. For most patients it is safe to get back to work after a week of recovery, unless your job involves a lot of physical labor. It may take as long as six months to see the full effects of liposuction become clear.

Simple tips for a more comfortable recovery.

  • Stay hydrated to lessen swelling.
  • Eat a low-sodium diet.
  • Rest until you are sure that you can work.
  • Massage the treated area gently in order to maintain good circulation.

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