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Liposuction Bruising: How to Get Rid of Bruising After Lipo?

How long does swelling and bruising from Liposuction usually last? Should I wait until fall/winter (i.e. pants season) to do the procedure?

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Liposuction Bruising: How to Get Rid of Bruising after Lipo?


Liposuction may be done anytime of the year.  Scheduling is a personal preference.  Bruising normally resolves in 2 weeks.  Swelling can take 3 - 6 months to fully resolve.

Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Depends upon you and the surgeon


No one can answer this question for you. Some people get a bruise that lasts a month when they knock their relatively gently against a chair, and other people take a knock. Some surgeons are more gentle than others; some surgical techniques create less bruising, and it depends the area of your body and how much you remove.

It's often hard to predict for a given patient, even when you are examining them. But your best bet is to ask your own surgeon.

But being here in Santa Monica, California - I can tell you without a doubt that summer is the "low season" for liposuction. I just finished a busy streak of winter and spring liposuctions for patients that wanted to look their best for summer. Starting in the fall, the liposuction patients will start coming back.

So if you like to live in shorts and a bathing suit and do outdoor activities all summer, i'd just suggest you wait...

Steven Teitelbaum, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Only 1 week of bruising usually with Lipo under local anesthesia only


At 1 week you see only a little improvement in the areas treated with liposuction but it is still an improvement over what you were prior to the procedure so get it done now and start looking better in only 1 week. At 1 month you see a major difference and at 4-5 months you see the end results as a rough gauge. Bruising is usually gone in 7-10 days and taking arnica helps a lot.

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

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Lipo bruises for 6 months


Your title asks about bruising but the question asks about swelling so let's address both for the other readers. Bruising after liposuction, if done correctly and you're not a redhead, usually is resolved by 2 weeks. Bruising should be mild and tends to be localized to certain areas as opposed to the entire area.

Swelling is the most significant in the first 2 weeks. I use Topi foam to reduce swelling and give better overall compression. The compression garment should be worn for 6 weeks. The first 3 weeks it's worn 23 hours per day and the second 3 weeks it's worn during the day 12 hours / day. The final results are not achieved until about 6 months after surgery.

So hold off buy a new wardrobe until then.

Christopher L. Hess, MD
Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
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Results after Lipo


The swelling tends to last about 4 months time and the bruising about 2-3 weeks, but really depends on the person. After the initial 4 months, you will have good days and bad days, as the more active your are the more swelling that will accumulate during the day. When you wake up in the morning the swelling will be minimal. Over the next few months there will be less and less swelling over time.

Good luck, and make sure you choose a board certified plastic surgeon to perform your liposuction.

Farbod Esmailian, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling and bruising is to be expected after liposuction on any area of the body.  How long the swelling and bruising last is dependent on the patient but most of the time the swelling and bruising lasts for several weeks.In my practice, the main concern that seems to affect scheduling a liposuction procedure isn’t necessarily the swelling and bruising; it’s the compression garment that will need to be worn 24 hours a day for 6 full weeks after surgery.  Depending on what areas are liposuctioned the compression garment could be visible with certain clothes.  For example, some patients choose not to have their arms liposuctioned during the summer because the garment would be visible with tank tops or short sleeve shirts.Be sure to research board certified plastic surgeons then schedule a consultation for a thorough exam to make sure you are a candidate for liposuction.

Be well and good luck!

Morgan E. Norris, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction and Bruising


As is the case in most situations, it is best to prevent the bruising in the first place.  Bruising is the result of blood trapped in the tissues after the procedure.  To prevent bruising, it is helpful to refrain from ingesting drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen for two weeks before the procedure.  There are many different herbs and supplements that can also increase bleeding after any surgical procedure.  It is very important to follow the directions of your surgeon in preparing for this procedure.  Normally, your surgeon will first infuse a solution into your fat before beginning liposuction.  This solution normally contains epinephrine which will constrict blood vessels and decrease postoperative bleeding and subsequent bruising.  After liposuction, you will be placed in a compression garment which should further help reduce bruising and swelling.  All of these steps help to minimize the bruising after this procedure.  Once bruising has been established however, your body will need to break down the trapped blood and naturally excrete it.  Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to hasten this process. 

John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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2-3 weeks in general

Lipo does not necessarily always cause a lot of bruising if done with care. But when it occurs as with all bruises it usually resolves in 2-3 weeks unless there is pigmentation layed down in the skin which can take longer. Despite what many people feel, I don't think there is too much you can do to really help speed up the process. Be patient.

David Amron, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Brusing after Lipo


Bruising can last anywhere up to 6 weeks , though it has alot to do with each particular patient's body and how much liposuction was performed. The time lapse for brusing varies from person to person. Certain creams may help reduce brusing such as Arnica. Best of luck with your procedure !

Thomas Trevisani, Sr., MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction Bruising: How to Get Rid of Bruising After Lipo


This question has much variability in its answer.  To begin with one can lessen some of the bruising prior to surgery by abstaining from aspirin and NSAIDs at least a week prior to surgery.  This also applies to Vitamin E and Omega 3 fish oils. During surgery there is not much you can do because the cannula and surgeon does that part. After surgery you just have to rely on your personal body mechanisms.  That is, some people bruise and stay that way for several weeks and some stay that way for a few days. Arnica will sometimes help with the postoperative bleeding.

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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