Liposuction is an effective way to get rid of stubborn fat and to
create a more shapely figure. One of the most common questions people ask about liposuction is what to expect from the recovery. Answer: it depends…
It is normal to experience swelling and bruising after liposuction. Typically, these symptoms resolve within a week or two. Patients will start to get a good sense of their new shape, and they usually return to work. The final results, however, may not be apparent for another three months to six months. It takes this long for the body to clear the inflammation, finalize the collagen patterns, and create new lymphatic
and vascular channels.
The amount of liposuction, the anatomic area and the number of areas all influence recovery time, as does each patient’s age, health status and ability to comply with post-operative instructions. Working with a board-certified plastic surgeon will help achieve the best results and enhance recovery. Wearing a good compression garment will reduce swelling and allow the skin to settle into the proper position without folding or dimpling. Resting appropriately and drinking plenty of fluids will help.
At Donaldson Plastic Surgery, we provide complete instructions for post-operative care to help patients through the recovery process. We always close each incision with precision so there is no wound care or drainage. We recommend homeopathic products that decrease bruising. We work to help patients get the best results possible, as quickly as possible.