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3 Weeks Post Tummy and Thigh Liposuction: Why Have I Seen Absolutely No Results?

I'm 5'1 and 128 lbs. These were persistent pockets of fat; I am very fit. I took measurements before the surgery and daily change whatsoever. I'm disappointed and frustrated.

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Liposuction results?

Thank you for your question.

Swelling is part of the healing process.  I ask my liposuction patients to wear a compression garment for 4 weeks post op surgery to help with the swelling.  The swelling can take months to subside and even longer for skin to “redrape".  At that point you will see the final results. 

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Liposuction fat removal may not show results for more than a month

There can be considerable swelling in some patients to blunt the response from liposuction for more than several weeks after surgery.  Compression garments may help minimize the fluid accumulation during healing.  Be patient and follow-up with your surgeon.  If your diet hasn't inceased in caloric intake, and if you maintain your preoperative exercise, and if a reasonable amount of fat was removed, it can take a few months to see improvement and there can be increased shrinkage of the tissues up to six months after liposuction.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologist
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Results after liposuction


While every  patient is different and every practitioner is different, you should see some results after three weeks. That being said, I tell my patients that what they see isn't what they get for at least three months. This is because the procedure itself causes swelling and it takes time for the body to resolve the inflammation. Be patient for a little while longer and massage the areas. If by 2-3 months there is no change then you should go back to your doctor and see if a touch up procedure is a good idea (thought you should wait at least 6 months for the touch up).

Hope this helps.


D. Medalie, MD

When to see results of liposuction

After liposuction it is not unusual to actually be bigger rather than smaller. Thisis because of the swelling that occurs after the procedure. The as the swelling goes away you start noticing a change. I tell my patients to wait three months to see the final results. By three weeks you should start seeing some changes. You may be oneof those people that remain swollen for a prolonged period of time and then suddenly start changing. Be patient. At this time that is all you can do. You should also know how much fat hasbeen removed. Once fully healed, comparing before and after pics will be helpful to clearly demonstrate all the changes your body underwent. Sinceely, Martin Jugenburg, MD

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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3 weeks post tummy tuck and liposuction

I am sorry that you are not seeing the results that you hoped for, but you may have to give it some more time as more than likely you still have a fair amount of swelling to deal with.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction Postoperative Swelling

Even at 3 weeks after liposuction patients can still have a significant amount of swelling and I would guess that is the situation you are in. I routinely tell my patients that they will not see the final results from liposuction until 8 weeks after surgery. Definitely discuss your frustrations with your surgeon, as he or she is your best resource for answers regarding your procedure.

Derek Lou, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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3 Weeks Post Tummy and Thigh Liposuction: Why Have I Seen Absolutely No Results?

Best to discuss in detail with your operative surgeon or get a second opinion in person. 3 weeks still very early in your recovery phase. 

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