What You Need to Know About Liposuction Recovery | Washingtonian Plastic Surgery
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Liposuction remains the gold standard of fat removal and an extremely popular choice among patients.

In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, approximately 250,000 liposuction procedures were performed in 2018.

Despite these advantages, it’s important for patients to carefully consider their decision to undergo liposuction and properly plan for recovery.

In order to ensure speedy and safe healing, here’s what you need to know about liposuction recovery.

In the Days After Liposuction

Liposuction is typically performed as an out-patient procedure, which means you will be able to return home after surgery. However, you will need someone to give you a ride and stay with you for the first 24 hours.

During this time, you will likely feel groggy and experience some pain and soreness. Pain medication will be prescribed and should be taken accordingly.

You will also need to properly care for any drains that have been placed at the incision sites and wear your compression garment as directed.

Liposuction Recovery at 1-2 Weeks

One-to-two weeks into your liposuction recovery, you will be pleased to note a significant decrease in pain and soreness.

Many patients are able to return to work after two weeks, but will need to continue wearing their compression garment.

Liposuction Recovery at 3-5 Weeks

By three-to-five weeks post-op, pain and soreness should be negligible, with a noticeable reduction in swelling. At this time, you will also be able to appreciate lipo results and admire a slimmer shape and improved contours.

After 4 weeks, you can resume some light exercise, but should continue to avoid strenuous activity.

Liposuction Recovery at 6 Weeks and On

Bruising and swelling should be virtually non-existent once you are six weeks into your liposuction recovery. However, it is possible to have residual swelling for several months.

You will also be able to discontinue use of your compression garment and see final outcomes.

Additionally, most patients will be cleared to return to all activities, without restrictions.

Learn More About Liposuction

If you are considering liposuction, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Navin Singh.