What to Do for Fluctuating Swelling After Lipo?

Left knee, always swollen, hurts to bend, been massaging daily. Last night all lipo areas swelled up. Maybe too much salt? Severely painful. Today 3lb. of 6 lb. swelling downl. Drinking lots of liquids & legs lifted. Normal? Is there anything else I can do?

Doctor Answers 4

Lipo discomfort

Difficult to know what is going on without more details. When was your surgery, what type of lipo was performed, on which body parts, etc...

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after Liposuction

You really need to give more details about your surgery for us to give you useful information.  When was the surgery?  What areas were treated?  What type of liposuction was performed?  Did you have any other procedures at the same time?  In general, 80% of the swelling goes away in the first 2 to 3 weeks.  It then takes about 3 to 6 months for the remaining 20% to go away.  Good luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

Fluctuating area after surgery MUST be seen by your surgeon

Unless you have a medical degree and significant surgical training, I would seriously advise you to be seen by your surgeon. Only he/she can decide if you have a benign process or a more worrisome complication that needs to be managed aggressively.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Swelliing after liposuction

Unfortunately your question does not discuss when the surgery was, nor where on the body, and how much fluid/fat was removed. In order to make sure that the knee that hurts and is swollen is not infected you should see your surgeon.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

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