Recovery after liposuction varies from patient to patient and varies depending on the area that was treated. However, there are some general guidelines.
Immediately after surgery:
After the surgery you will spend some time in a recovery room monitored by nursing staff until I give the green light to have you released. After the procedure you will be woozy from the anesthesia. This is why, before your surgery, you were asked to have a ride arranged to take you home. When you awaken from the surgery you will be wearing a compression garment.Wearing the compression garment is very important to minimize swelling and promote a smooth contour as you heal. My patients generally rate their pain after liposuction as a 3 0r 4 out of 10. The pain medication we prescribed will help alleviate the pain. You will be sleepy and tired after the procedure because of the anesthesia.
The first week after the procedure:
Continue to wear the compression garment 24/7
Keep the incisions dry.
Continue to take the pain medication but start to wean off of them.
Some patients may be able to return to work after 3-4 days.
One week after surgery:
One week post surgery you will come to my office for a follow up appointment. I will check on your recovery.
You will still be swollen and bruised. Because of the swelling, the final results of the liposuction will not yet be seen.
Patients can go back to work and resume normal activities except for strenuous exercise.
Two weeks after the surgery:
Generally patients can take off their compression garments. Up to this time the compression garment should have been worn 24/7 except to bathe.
Three weeks after surgery
Recovery varies from patient to patient. Because there are no long incisions or muscles repaired during this procedure, as they would be for a tummy tuck for example, recovery is fairly quick.
Patients can resume a modified workout routine after 3 weeks.
As the swelling subsides patients will start to see the results of the procedure and a sleeker more contoured body will begin to be evident.
By the end of the first month most of the swelling should have subsided.
There will still be some swelling for the next 3-6 months and as time passes, patients will see a better and better result each day.