What You Need to Know About Liposuction Recovery

Liposuction is ideal for individuals who are at a normal, healthy weight but have diet and exercise resistant fat on a particular area of the body, including the face and neck, upper arms, trunk, abdomen, buttocks, hips and thighs, knees, calves, or ankles. If you’re an ideal candidate and considering liposuction, you’re probably wondering what to expect from the recovery process.

How long until the swelling goes down? Most people experience mild to moderate swelling after their liposuction procedure. In general, you will experience the highest amount of swelling one or two days after surgery with the swelling subsiding gradually and becoming undetectable in three weeks to a month.

Is a compression garment required? In most cases, you should wear a compression garment for the first three to six weeks after liposuction surgery. The compression supports healing tissues, prevents unnecessary swelling, and reduces tension on incisions.

How much downtime should I expect? For those who work an office job, most can expect to return to work within five days after the procedure. If your job is more strenuous, it can up to two weeks to be recovered enough to return to work. Of course, there are special circumstances, and you should consult with your plastic surgeon before returning to work. If you work out, you may be able to begin training again in three to four weeks but should take it easy and listen to your body if it seems like too much.

When will I see results? There are some patients who will notice results right after surgery while others may not notice a difference for a few weeks. In general, final results will occur after about three months.

At Parkway Plastic Surgery, we are Kalamazoo’s premier provider of liposuction and other body contouring procedures. If you have any questions or would like to find out if liposuction is right for you, do not hesitate to contact us today!