No Real "Swelling" or Bruising 3 Days Post Op from Ultrasonic Lipo? (photo)

I had ultrasonic Lipo on tummy & flanks this past Tuesday. Surgery went very well per my PS. I was just curious... I've got the discomfort for sure along with itching but when I remove compression suit to shower I don't see much swelling at all and only a spot or two that looks like it wants to bruise. I have some loose skin but sure it will supside. Not complaining but I read so much & was prepared for major swelling & bruising! Sitting upright still slightly uncomfortable-ish. This all normal?

Doctor Answers 6

No Real "Swelling" or Bruising 3 Days Post Op from Ultrasonic Lipo?

There are always exceptions to the duke. and you are one of them. Best to just be happy with the great early result. 

Miami Plastic Surgeon
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6330 Manor Lane
Miami, FL 33143

What is normal after liposuction?

After liposuction the swelling and bruising varies greatly from person to person.  If a patient cooperates and avoids aspirin, Advil, etc the bruising is less.  If a patient cooperates and ingests very minimum sodium, the swelling is less.   Initially limiting activity helps because the wound at rest heals best.  Following your surgeon's instructions helps.  Your surgeons technique mut have been very gentle and that is great.  Ultrasonic the best high tech liposuction by far so it sounds like you are a living example of that.  All you stste is normal.  Sounds like you are an excellent patient with an excellent surgeon.  My Best,  Dr C.

George Commons, MD
Palo Alto Plastic Surgeon
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1515 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306

No bruising after liposuction

Congratulations, it sounds like your recovery is going well! Everyone recovers differently and it may be that you're just experiencing a great one.

Maximum swelling is usually within about three to five days after your surgery, and the majority of it along with bruising goes away in two to three weeks. You may feel some firmness, though, for a few months afterward. You can assess your results at three to four months after surgery. 

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

362 Fairlawn Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5M 1T6

Minimal Swelling or Bruising Following Liposuction

    Liposuction swelling and bruising varies individual to individual.  I have some patients who get 5 liters of liposuction and have dramatic improvement with little bruising or swelling from day 1.   This will just lead to a better result.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 334 reviews

435 North Roxbury Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Celebrate minimal swelling after liposuction.

There is always at least some swelling after liposuction.  It appears you have very little.  Be grateful for your good fortune.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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365 East Paces Ferry Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Some swell more than others

SOme peopel swell more than others, it is really multifactorial including how extensive the suctioning was, your genetics, etc..  I like compression garments for this reason as well. Good luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

1049 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10028

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