What does swelling after Liposuction feel like?

Hi! I was hoping someone could tell me what the swelling after specifically Vaser Liposuction actually feels like to touch. Does it feel like actual liquid gathered under your skin? Help much appreciated

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What Does Swelling After Liposuction Feel Like

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Recovery from Vaser Liposuction is based on the level of soreness and bruising experienced by the patient. But, it can vary among patients. As with traditional liposuction, there are no large incisions  or effect on the muscle and other underlying tissue. Therefore, #healing time may be less than anticipated by most. Therefore, Vaser patients may experience less #pain or discomfort, #swelling (#edema) and bruising post procedure due to the nature of the technique. 

Swelling is not uncommon. Gentle #walking may increase circulation and help to alleviate swelling. But you must not strain or push yourself. Also, if you were provided a post-procedure #garment, be sure you are wearing it until prescribed otherwise by your doctor. The purpose of the post-procedure #garment is to provide some gentle #support and to reduce swelling. If it feels too tight or causes pain, take it off. Many patients wear the #elastic garment for several weeks after procedures, as directed by their doctor; some choose to wear it longer for several months for comfort.

The final results of the procedure are typically most noticeable 2-4 months following the #Vaser. So, you must have patience. The swelling will gradually diminish while the contours of the treated area(s) can continue to improve up to one year post procedure; becoming more apparent in appearance. If you have concerns about your healing, or pain that you question to be unusual, it is important to call your plastic surgeon to discuss these further asked to be examined.


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VASER Hi Definition Liposuction / Body Contouring

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It takes weeks to see the results of liposuction and swelling can last for months. Massage, RF treatments, Venus Legacy and hyperbaric oxygen will drastically reduce swelling. The type of swelling each patient will experience will be different, but commonly it is described as a firm tightness or heaviness. Please seek an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Swelling after Liposuction

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Any kind of liposuction (Vaser, Power-assisted, laser, SmartLipo, CoolLipo, etc.) results in swelling, which usually peaks around 10 days later.  It can often feel firm or hard, not like sloshy water, but more the consistency of a foam water-ski life vest (? - that's the best analogy I could come up with).  It slowly goes down over time, but does take several months to resolve completely.  Usually by 1 month after, it is about 50% gone, but everyone heals at his or her own pace.

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