How long does after lipo swelling last and what exactly does it look/feel like?

I had upper and lower tummy lipo two months ago. I'm a lot more comfortable with myself than a was, and fit better into my clothes, however I feel like my upper abs especially still have quite some fat on... I don't know if it is still swelling or not since it has been a while already since the operation. I'm worried i'm rapidly gaining the weight back. I eat well and exercise but I allow myself at least a treat a day, should I be following a strict diet? Thank you in advance for you answers.

Doctor Answers 3

Healing process

The lumpiness, swelling, itching and hardness after a surgery like you had typically persists at least 8 weeks after the surgery then slowly goes away. In my experience, daily massage of the hard areas makes the biggest difference in getting rid of it sooner rather than later. It can easily take 6 months or more to see results. Be sure to keep any scheduled follow up appointments you have with your surgeons for his evaluation and advice. Hope this helps.

Dean Vistnes, M.D.
Vistnes Plastic Surgery
San Francisco Bay Area

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Liposuction - swelling or fat?

Thank you for asking about your liposuction.
  • You are still swollen at this point but it is not possible to tell if you are gaining weight or not.
  • It would be smart to count the calories you are eating to be sure you are eating a bit less than you need.
  • If your upper abs are slowly increasing in side, then it is probably fat.
  • If they are full one day, flat the next, it is probably swelling.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FAC

How long does after lipo swelling last and what exactly does it look/feel like?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. This is the surgical procedure that revolutionized cosmetic surgery becoming one of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Subcutaneous tissue or fat is removed in order to contour the body in a way that is harmonious and pleasing to the senses. It can be performed in almost all regions of the body such as the neck, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms and ankles. Usually done through a small incision in the skin through which a cannula connected to a vacuum is applied, it can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After liposuction your body is going to be really swollen for at least 2 to 4 months after your surgery. It is important for you to wear your compression garment for at least 6 months, the first 3 months 24/7 and then the last 3 months at least 12 hours per day for your body get use to not having the faja for so many time. When you remove it, your body can get swollen and also you can have pain. Remember to also compress your body to prevent a seroma which is an accumulation of liquid that has to be drained, it is hard to touch and also really painful. Bruises are completely normal for almost 3 months from surgery, that’s why is better for you to use a bruising cream and apply it all over your body 3 times a day. To prevent bad circulation and swollen legs, use compression socks. Brazilian butt lift can be performed with the same procedure and for a month it will be swollen and it will drop a little bit without losing it’s shape if you use your garment.. If you’re going to perform liposuction on your inner, outer, anterior, lateral, postetior thighs, be careful and consult with your surgeon what’s best for you, sometimes we have more extra skin than fat, that can cause severe sagginess on our legs, which can be only be reversed performing a thigh lift…

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Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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