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How Long Does Swelling Really Last After Lipo?

How Long Does Swelling Really Last After Lipo?  

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Resolution of swelling and bruising following liposuction


Swelling after liposuction is variable and dependent on several factors. Expect a majority of it to dissipate by around 3 -6 months though it can take up to a year for it to maximally resolve. If there is some bruising, it may take 2 - 3 weeks to resolve.

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction swelling

The initial swelling is from 3-4 weeks, then residual swelling can last a few months. You should wait for a few weeks for the swelling to subside, then you'll be able to see your improvement. 

Michael Constantin Gartner, DO
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after Liposuction

Generally I recommend patients wait for at least three to four months to assess their results. Swelling gradually subsides during this time. However this may take longer depending on your rate of recovery. 

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Final Healing From Liposuction Takes Months


It takes approximately 3 months from liposuction to see a consistent improvement.  In some patients, the swelling may last up to 6 months.

Michael A. Jazayeri, MD
Santa Ana Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling After Liposuction

Swelling after liposuction lasts 3-6 months. The more tissue that was removed the longer the swelling lasts. Your tissues may feel numb while they still contain excess swelling. The good part about that is it's a sign that there is more result yet to come.

Mary Lee Peters, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction swelling


For most of my patients, 80% of their swelling is gone by six weeks, and 100% is resolved at six months.  Patients see substantial improvements immediately, and their results continue to get better for several months.

David Stoker, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after liposuction


The recovery from liposuction certainly varies widely from patient to patient, like all surgical procedures.  The average patient can expect bruising and noticeable swelling for the first few weeks followed by a gradual decline in swelling along with retraction of the skin of treated areas over several months.  Remember, do not weigh yourself the day after surgery and expect to have lost weight as you will generally weight significantly more than before the surgery and will be distressed.  Don't worry, as the swelling goes down, your weight will too!


Dr. Sean Simon

Sean A. Simon, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after liposuction


If you want to know when there is absolutely no swelling left after liposuction to see the final result I would say that this is about 6 months postop.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after liposuction


Swelling is normal after liposuction and can last 6 weeks to three months. This is why compression devices are advised. Bruising can last for up to 3 weeks. Make sure that you do not have a fluid collection or seroma from the liposuction as this may need treatment with aspiration in the office.

Leo Lapuerta JR. MD

Leo Lapuerta, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Timeline for Liposuction Swelling


Every patient is different and the amount of swelling can also vary depending on what sites and how many sites you had liposuctioned, but in general the major swelling goes down significantly around two weeks following the procedure and then after that, the swelling will gradually reduce each week.  Most post-op liposuction swelling is gone completely by 2-3 months.

Christa Clark, MD, FACS
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon
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