I had traditional liposuction to my flanks on 2-10-12. I had a waist measurement of 35" pre surgery and although my PS said he took 500ccs from each side I am not seeing results like I thought I would and still feel swollen. I feel like the surgery barely made a difference at all. My question is how long does swelling last. When can I expect to see final results and is swelling worse after a long day at work. I am still bruised around my flank area and very tender. Help!
How Long Does Swelling Last Typically to Female Flanks After Traditional Lipo?
Doctor Answers (3)
Swelling after liposuction
Swelling after liposuction can persist for several months after surgery. You have to be patient and give it time to settle down.
Swelling after Liposuction
depending upon the amount of tumescent fluid injected in the areas and the surgical technique emloyed, the swelling can last from 4 weeks to a few months. I do Liposuction only under local anesthesia and in my experience the swelling can sometimes take 4-6 weeks to completely resolve
Full results can take up to 6 months to show.
Typically there will be swelling from the disturbance of the tissue associated with liposuction, you can expect it to begin subsiding at about 6 weeks but the full results will not be apparent from 3-6 months after the procedure.
There can be some noticeable difference immediately following surgery but the resulting swelling will hide that, be patient and give it a few months before you decide if it worked for you or not.
As for swelling being worse after a long day at work this is possible. Sitting in one position for long time may restrict blood flow and lead to worse swelling.