Flanks Are Still Big 2 Weeks After Surgery

had mommy makeover 2 weeks ago,with lipo, feel bigger on my flanks than I did before surgery. when will swelling go down?

Doctor Answers 10


Swelling is not uncommon after a tummy tuck and typically lasts quite a while. 80% has resolved by 3 months and the rest takes up to a year to resolve. You have to be patient with the healing process.Enjoy your new look!Sheila Nazarian

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Swelling can take time to resolve.

Patients undergoing liposuction will inevitably develop swelling following this procedure.In some cases, swelling can actually cause the treated areas to enlarge over their pre-operative dimensions.During the procedure, the liposuction cannula is passed through the subcutaneous tissue.This causes disruption of the lymphatic channels and cellular injury which causes swelling.
Significant improvement in swelling can be seen in the first three weeks following surgery with the majority gone in about three months.Small amounts of swelling may persist up to a year following surgery.
We generally recommend the use of compressive support garments for about three weeks following surgery.We also recommend a low salt diet before and after surgery.Exercise is usually started early in the post-operative period and we want patients to ambulate as soon as possible following surgery.
Massage is also helpful as it decreases swelling by mobilizing retained fluid following liposuction.All of these steps help to minimize the duration of swelling following surgery.
In your case, your swelling is normal and should resolve with time.Compression, massage, ambulation and low salt intake will hopefully, help you get there sooner.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Mommy Makeover

Swelling can last for 3-4 weeks.  Be patient. Thank you for your question and good luck with everything.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

2 weeks post op tummy tuck surgery

Since you are only 2 weeks post op surgery, having swelling aftertummy tuck and liposuction surgery is very normal.  It can take months for the swelling to subside and for the skin to retract.  Please continue with close follow up visits with your surgeon and allow your body to heal and the swelling to decrease.  Look forward 3-6 months from now - that is a good time to start seeing the results of your procedure.

Best Wishes!

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,485 reviews

Swelling, 2 weeks after mommy makeover

At this time period, it's pretty typical for an area of liposuction (your flanks) to still be pretty swollen.  It will feel very firm.  It usually takes about a 4-5 weeks for the swelling to resolve, and 4-6 months for the skin to shrink up and re-drape in the lipo areas.

Hang in there!


All the best,

Thomas Fiala, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 79 reviews

Final result from mommy makeover seen at 3 or 4 months.


It is unusual to be bigger than before surgery at two weeks, but at three or four months you will know for sure.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Mommy makeover, swellling

it is normal to have swelling in the flanks 2 weeks after a tummy tuck.  This is much more pronounced if you also had liposuction to the area.   Without lipsuction, 80% of the swelling will be gone in a month.  If you had liposuction, that can take a couple months longer. Compression garments will help alot, but eliminate the swelling.

Gordon Lewis, MD
Midlothian Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

2 weeks post mommy makeover

At 2 weeks, you have a significant amount of swelling still present.   The amount of time necessary for this to fully resolve can be 2-3 months.    I would recommend that you wear the compression garment or binder at all times and followup closely with your surgeon, such that he/she can monitor your progress.

I wish you a safe and healthy recovery.

Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Swelling in love handle area after mommy makeover

If you had liposuction of your flanks (love handles) with a tummy tuck as part of a mommy makeover, it could take up to 3 or 4 months for the swelling to subside.  The skin will also take several months to shrink and contract, so don't worry if you're still swollen at only two weeks.

Consult with your plastic surgeon if you still have concerns after 3 months.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 377 reviews

Patience before final flank result evaluation.

It is normal to have swelling in the area of liposuction for several weeks after surgery.  The areas worked on (and the patients weight) may actually be greater, early after surgery.   This swelling will take up to 2 - 3 months to fully resolve, so be patient as the final result reveals itself.  Continue to follow your surgeons advice to maximize your best result.

Jeffrey M. Darrow, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 98 reviews

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