How Long Will Your Lipo Recovery Take?

Sometimes, all the diet and exercise in the world can’t slim away stubborn areas of fat, leaving you with a figure that doesn’t quite match up with what you were working toward. When you’ve put that much effort into improving your appearance, it’d be a shame not to see the results you've worked for.

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Popular plastic surgery procedures such as liposuction could be the helping hand you need to streamline your figure and create that silhouette you’ve been dreaming of.  Like any cosmetic surgery, though, your results aren’t going to appear instantaneously. Here’s an overview of the timeline you can expect to follow as your recover after liposuction.

1 to 2 Weeks after Liposuction

At this early stage of the recovery timeline, the results of your liposuction will not be a true indication of what the procedure has helped you to achieve. You’re likely to still feel some pain and discomfort, which should be manageable using the pain relief prescribed by your plastic surgeon, and you probably won’t be able to move as freely as normal.

During the first couple of weeks post-liposuction, you should make sure to monitor your incisions and fluid drainage regularly and report any concerns to your plastic surgeon immediately. You will also need to wear a compression garment full-time to help reduce swelling. This is normally the toughest part of recovery and your plastic surgeon will give you plenty of advice on how to deal with it.

The most important liposuction recovery tip is to follow your board-certified plastic surgeon’s post-liposuction advice carefully. Every instruction they give is based on their extensive experience and is designed to help you achieve the best results possible.

2 to 4 Weeks after Liposuction

Now that you’ve progressed further down the liposuction recovery timeline, you can expect any discomfort and swelling to have reduced and the results to start becoming visible. The incisions made during the procedure should have fully healed by now. The progress you’ve made so far should mean that you can return to much of your normal routine, as long as you are careful not to overdo things or lift heavy weights.

On a similar note, light to moderate exercise is normally fine after week 3, although you should stop immediately if you feel any pain or discomfort.

Recovery may feel slow, but remember that the results are well worth the wait.

6 Weeks after Liposuction

This is the bit you’ve been waiting for: finally, you can get a good idea of your liposuction results! You’ll look and feel fabulous by now and others are bound to notice an improvement in your appearance. Although your recovery should mostly be complete by now, you may find that you notice additional small improvements over the coming few months. By 6 weeks post-liposuction, swelling should be mostly resolved, bruising should be healed and normal diet, exercise and work routines can be resumed.

Remember that the results of liposuction are not necessarily permanent, as they do depend on you keeping up a healthy lifestyle. With this in mind, you may find it helpful to think of the end of your liposuction recovery timeline as the beginning of the new you – healthy diet, regular exercise and a streamlined figure you’re dedicated to maintaining for the long-term.