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How Long Does It Take to See Final Liposuction Result?

I noticed immediate results a few days after having lipo, then weeks later, the results vanished. How long until I see the final and lasting result of my liposuction procedure?

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Four months.


To Yigall,

Hi! The reason your results from liposuction " vanished" is that swelling developed to create fullness. This swelling gradually fades and you begin to see again the improvement in contour.

There is another reason besides swelling that the contour improves over several months. In addition to the fat cells removed with liposuction, many other fat cells are not removed but only injured by the liposuction cannula. These injured fat cells slowly ATROPHY over several months and then of course the treated area (thigh, abdomen, etc.) SHRINKS!

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

6 months to a year



It takes at least 3 months for most of the swelling to go away after liposuction. Truely final results are not fully apparent until 1 year.

You will have 80-90 percent of your final result by 6 months. however I have seen patients who looked even better after 1 year than they did after 6 months.

I always encourage patients to wait a year before considering any revision or repeat liposuction. Only then can we evaluate the full extent of fat removal and skin tigthtening and make a reasonable plan for any revision or further liposuction.

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Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Your final result can usually be seen by 3 months, although this varies by individual and body area.


Liposuction helps to improve the shape of a body area by removing fat. Multiple tunnels are made underneath the skin, preserving the supporting structures while suctioning out the fat.

The resulting tissue scaffold is similar in concept to a honeycomb. The empty channels from which the fat has been removed tend to fill with fluid postoperatively. Compression garments are recommended to limit the amount of fluid that can accumulate in the suctioned areas, thereby shortening the time until you see your final result.

Your body will resorb all of this fluid over time. Although the rate of resorption varies among different body areas and among different individuals, in my practice most patients attain their final and lasting result by 3 months.

Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
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It can take 3 to 6 months for your final results.



Often after liposuction, you see very nice results right away. Then, over the next day or two the areas become very swollen and it looks like nothing was ever done. It can take several months for this swelling to go completely away. Approximately 80% will resolve in the first month and then three to six months for the remaining 20%.Also, if you wear a garment, it may help keep down the initial swelling.

Finally, just because you had liposuction, it does not mean that you can let your body go. You need to continue to exercise and eat a nutritious diet. Liposuction is not a miracle, it is just a second chance after letting your body go the first time.

Good luck with your recovery.

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New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Liposuction Healing


Lipo is great for instant-gratification seekers, but don't fret if you still see imperfections in your shape several weeks later. It can take 4 months, even a year, to get an accurate picture of how the body will look once the swelling subsides and everything settles into place. Lipo patients who started out especially overweight will have to bide their time before realizing their dream results, because it takes several weeks for skin to redrape over the new area and for tissue to heal completely.

New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Liposuction results


Results are seen the after surgery. Swelling varies from person to person. On average it could take up to 3-6 months to see your final result. Keep the areas compressed and less swelling will occur.

Tampa Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

4-6 Months


Swelling varies from person to person, but generally, it takes 4-6 months to see the final result.  There is fluid retention for the first few weeks after any surgical procedure. You can get some bloating with pain pills as well.  Exercise with help immensely at this point.  Be patient.

Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Results May Take Up to 4-6 Months Following Lipo


Final liposuction results vary from patient to patient.  It also depends on the amount of fat removed.   Commonly, one would expect approximately 80% of the swelling to subside within the first three to five weeks.  The final 20% might take as long as four to six months. 

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Liposuction swelling 3 days post op

Swelling will persist after liposuction for at least 3-4 months.  Wearing your compression garment as instructed by your surgeon the first four weeks will minimize the excess swelling in the early weeks but will not eliminate it entirely.  Your results will continue to improve over the first 6 months after your procedure.  Maintain your weight and keep your post op appointments. Your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon should have taken measurements prior to surgery and will be able to track your progress.  

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Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Final liposuction result


Results after liposuction can be very tricky initially if you look at yourself in the first day or two after the procedure and while you're in the garment it appears that you seen marked improvement but then swelling sets in and even with the garment on its hard to sometimes see the result but usually by the end of 4 to 5 weeks you start beginning to seeing the results and at the end of about three months you really can tell the difference.

Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

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