What is the
recovery process for liposuction?
You won’t feel great right after surgery, but there is minimal pain associated with this procedure due to the anesthetic fluid that is injected. If you do feel significant pain, it usually only lasts for a few days and can be controlled with your prescribed medication.
Expect the treated areas to be swollen and bruised. You are encouraged to walk around as soon as you are able and it is normal to be sorer after activity. You will be given directions as to how to care for any dressings and most patients are able to shower 1-2 days after surgery.
Also, for a few days after surgery it is normal to have a reddish fluid drain from the multiple incisions. Any sutures will be removed in a week, but if you are instructed to wear a compression garment, your doctor may want you to wear this continuously for several weeks.
Most people are able to return to work after several days to one week, but this depends on your job and how extensive the liposuction. You will have to refrain from any exercise for 2-3 weeks and heavy exercise for 4-6 weeks. After 2 months you will be able to resume any previous activities.
For the first week after surgery it will be difficult to see results due to swelling and you will likely have gained weight from the swelling and fluids injected during surgery. Much of the swelling and bruising resolves in 2-3 weeks, but it takes about 3-4 months until almost all of the swelling resolves and you see your true results.
This technique is quite effective at improving your body contour even though actual weight loss from the procedure is quite minimal. Clothes fit better as you will lose inches from the treated areas. However, it is important that you eat right and exercise regularly so that you maintain your results. Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle and in no way produces a permanent result. If you do gain weight, it will probably be more uniformly throughout your body and not specifically in the treated areas.
It is important to follow up with your surgeon as directed so that any potential complications can be detected and treated early. For the most part these are rare and you will spend most of the time enjoying your new look.