I'm 19, 130 lbs and 5'2" . I'm having Smart Lipo done on my outer/inner thighs, hips, knees, love handles, and back. I plan to start working within a week or so after my surgery, although I'd like to know, will I see a drastic difference after 5 days to a week? Like drop 2 sizes? Or will I still look the same and only see results after a months or so? I really hope I'll see a difference as I'd like to look slimmer for my new job. Please let me know. Thanks!
Will I Look Thin 5 Days After SmartLipo?
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It takes time
5 days is asking too much. Smartlipo recovery is faster than most liposuction procedures, but even so you need to give yourself more time to look significantly thinner. The reason is that your body will swell for a week or two. Swelling and bruising are less with smartlipo, but you will still have some swelling. You will also be wearing a compression garment for 2 weeks.
I generally tell patients to expect that swelling resolves by about 2 weeks and you will notice improvement at that point. Maximal results, however, are still probably about 3-6 months down the road.
No drastic difference after 5 days
Smartlipo is a good tool in the hands of the right plastic surgeon who picks the right patient, and given your description of your age, height and weight, you may very well be a very good candidate for the procedure. But it is still a surgical procedure, and with that comes swelling and downtime, in particular if you are having the procedure in multiple areas as you describe.
I would tell you the same thing I tell all patients who are seeking Smartlipo, or even conventional lipo: the final result takes time, and this may be anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months or longer. Don't be dissapointed if you do not see any difference at a week, or if your clothes even feel a bit more snug-- this is normal, and with time and patience the swelling will resolve.
The key is to voice your concerns to your surgeon so that the two of you are on the same page and that you may adjust your schedule as needed to allow for the recovery period.
Best of luck,
Smart Lipo Recovery
It takes time to heal, of course, however, even swollen and bruised you may very well be smaller than you are now in 5 days. Spot reduction of fat is incredibly powerful! Seeing a difference in how you look will also help you work out- it gets frustrating when you seem to be doing everything right with no big changes- Lipo is a big change and that inspires you in ways you are yet to see!
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Looking skinny after 5 days
The benefits of laser lipolysis, or SmartLipo, is less bruising, less swelling, and less pain.
However, overall, the swelling will stay a bit longer.
After any surgical procedure the swelling will continue to increase for 3-4 days, after that the swelling will slowly decrease. Trying to look skinny in 5 days is a bit overly optimistic. It may take several weeks to have significant decrease in size.
Wearing garments, massage, initiation of conservative aerobic exercise program can help the swelling to subside faster, however, it'll be very difficult to match your 5 day deadline.
Boris Volshteyn M.D., M.S.
Swelling will probably hide results
Liposuction swelling and recovery - Los Angeles
The swelling has a lot to do with the amount of fat removed. I do not anticipate that you will look completely normal within 5 days of your surgery. Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles
Thinner after smart lipo?
You will swell more and feel larger intially. Swelling, and some lumpiness/ uneveness is normal but the fluctuation should lessen over 6-9 months. You should be noticing less swelling over time not more. You can also have some numbness intially and that too will generally resolve over 6-9 month but could take up to a year. Follow up with your plastic surgeon to make sure you are on course.
It's still Surgery
Thanks for the question. This is one of the most frequently asked questions that I've heard from my SmartLipo patients. Everyone wants to know how quickly they can go shopping and buy new clothes. It's very important to keep in mind that while this is a less invasive Liposuction technique, this is still surgery. You can expect to see swelling, the majority of which should be resolved in approximately 2-3 months. However, the reduction of swelling can also depend on yourself. Are you wearing your compression garments regularly? Are you sticking to a reduced sodium diet after your procedure for the first two weeks to reduce fluid retention?
It's also important to remember that there is no "reduced size guarantee". Liposuction isn't necessarily about the reduction in size as it is more about shaping and contouring the body by removing unwanted areas of fat. The difference is that SmartLipo is a tool that is more effective in the hands of a skilled Plastic Surgeon.