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 since...no change whatsoever. I'm disappointed and frustrated.
3 Weeks Post Tummy and Thigh Liposuction: Why Have I Seen Absolutely No Results?
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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.
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
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