The Recovery Timeline for Liposuction Surgery

Published on July 3, 2014
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If you would like to have a trim, taut body contour, you'd expect exercise and a healthy diet to be all that's necessary. That's not necessarily the case, however. Sometimes people have stubborn pockets of fat that just won't respond to diet and exercise. In those cases, the ideal option is liposuctiom, an aesthetic fat reduction and body contouring surgery that targets those little bits of fat that just won't go away.

Countless patients have visited Dr. Azita Madjidi here in Houston in order to undergo liposuction and enhance their body contour in the process. We receive plenty of questions from prospective patients about the recovery process and what it entails. Let's take a few moments right now to consider what the liposuction recovery process involves.

What to Expect In the First 24 to 48 Hours After Liposuction

In the first day or so after undergoing liposuction, patients can expect grogginess, fatigue, and soreness. These are all normal sensations given the nature of the surgery. Leakage from the incision sites is normal and may last for a few days, especially if the patient has undergone tumescent liposuction. The patient will often be asked to wear a compression garment in order to minimize soreness, reduce swelling, and provide a sense of comfort while healing.

Though patients should get a lot of rest early on after surgery and avoid strenuous physical activity, walking around a little in the home can improve circulation and help reduce sensations of discomfort.

What Patients Experience in the First Week After Liposuction

Within the first week of liposuction, patients will have visited the practice for a follow-up visit in order to monitor overall healing progress. Bruising and numbness around the treatment area should be fading by the end of the first week, with more improvements continuing as time continues to pass. Patients may be instructed to continue wearing their compression garment, though it varies from patient to patient.

What to Consider in the Months After Liposuction

The further that patients get from the liposuction surgery, the better the results become and more the body contour improves. Minor swelling will often last for months after liposuction, which is normal, though the most significant swelling of the treatment area should have faded by the end of the first month. By the end of six or seven months, all swelling should have faded.

Keep in mind that you can still gain weight after liposuction, so in order to maintain the best possible results, be sure to exercise regularly and eat well. This will help you look trim and fit for years to come.

Stay In Contact with the Practice as You Recover

As you heal, it's a good idea to maintain contact with your cosmetic surgeon, especially in that first month or so. If you have any urgent questions or pressing concerns, these can be addressed as soon as possible. Feel free to raise concerns since getting quick care will prevent complications and improve your results in the long run.

Schedule a Consultation for Liposuction

If you would like more information about liposuction and how it can improve your overall appearance and body contour, we encourage you to contact our plastic surgery center today. During your visit with Dr. Azita Madjidi, she will carefully tailor the body sculpting procedure to your needs.

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