The swelling from liposuction can take multiple months to go down. I suggest seeing a cosmetic dermatologist with experience and getting facial lymphatic massage and radiofrequency treatments. Best, Dr. Emer.
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. Hugs!
Usually with most liposuction the swelling is gone after about 6 months. For some, it may take longer.
Thank you for asking about your facial liposuction.
- On average, all surgical swelling takes at least 6 months to subside.
- There is individual variation - it can take as long as 18 months.
- Since you surgery was done six months ago, now is a good time to see your surgeon for a 6 month check of your result.
Always see a Board
Certified Plastic Surgeon.
- Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
To have pitting edema six months after facelift seems unusual in my experience. If it is that, then lymphatic massage done by physical therapists as well as ultrasound treatments may be beneficial. Follow up with your plastic surgeons recommended.
Thank you for your question.
Swelling after liposuction can takes up to a year to resolve. The face is a particular area where it may take longer to go away. In your case, since you still indent after pressure, there is indeed swelling. Gentle massage by a trained physical therapist can help with lymphatic drainage and help with the swelling. I would continue with close follow-up and ask questions to your surgeon. Good luck!
Manish C. Champaneria, MD