It's been four weeks now since I had lipo of the bra line, abdomen, flanks, and inner thighs. The majority of my bruising went away within the first week, but I still have really bad bruising on my hips and my inner thighs. My PS said that, in his experience, he's noticed that if bruising is still around after 2-3 weeks, it's going to stick around for a couple of months longer. That makes me sad because I can't get into a swimsuit like this. Is this the general case? How can I ease the bruising?
How Long Will Bruising/swelling Stick Around if It's Still There After 2-3 Weeks with Lipo?
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Bruising and liposuction
Bruising is typical after liposuction. Since you mentioned most of it has resolved but some seems to be persisting, you may want to look into potential reasons it is not subsiding as quickly as it did in the beginning. If you take certain medications or supplements, it may contribute to bruising. Some that may contribute to bruising are aspirin, NSAIDS, Vitamin E, fish oil, and flaxseed oil. A supplement that's available that may help with bruising is Arnica. In any case, the bruising should resolve over time.
Bruising after liposuction
Usually bruising after liposuction goes away in a few weeks, but for some patients it may take a bit longer. Be patient.
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Resolution of bruising is a little unpredictable. As you probably know from other bruises you have had, bruises gradually subside over time, typically over several weeks to a month or so. Sometimes, however, bruising may take longer to go away. I don't think this implies anything about your final result. If you take aspirin, ibuprofen or similar products, you may be thinning your blood and possibly contributing to the bruising somewhat. Other than avoiding these products, there probably is nothing you can do other than be patient.