Will I Go Back to the Smallest Size I Was During Recovery with Lipo?

It's been four weeks now since I had lipo of the bra line, abdomen, flanks, and inner thighs. Right after I got out of my surgery and for a week or so after that, my stomach was tiny. But, then I ballooned up, and, while I'm not big or anything, I am bigger than I'd like to be. So do patients tend to go back to the size they were right after surgery, before all the swelling took place?

Doctor Answers 4

Wait for swelling to all subside

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You should if you continue to follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen and wait for the swelling to subside. 

Will I Go Back to the Smallest Size I Was During Recovery with Lipo?

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You should be fairly settled down now; however, depending on the amount of liposuction performed, and the location, of course, I generally keep my patients in a compression garment for 4 to 6 weeks, which minimizes swelling and formation of fluid. 


Jonathan Ross Berman, M.D. , F.A.C.S.

Jonathan Berman, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Swelling after liposuction

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Your complaints suggest that you have post-op swelling which in most cases is normal. Give it time to heal.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Temporary Lymphedema After Liposuction

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What you are experiencing is known as lymphedema due to partial obstruction of lymphatic outflow in the treated areas. This is a temporary phenomenon that occurs in all liposuction patients for the first few months after surgery. It is a self-solving problem as the lymphatic channels heal and reopen. This will restore the shape back to what you saw right after surgery. 

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