Can I bathe soon?

I'm 11 days post liposuction, and I love taking baths and swimming, I was wondering how longm until I can do either?

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Liposuction/ Liposculpture/ Fat Transfer/ Vaser/ Hi Definition Procedures/Liposuction Revision/Tummy Tuck/Body Contouring

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I appreciate your question. I would recommend that you discuss this question with your surgeon as every surgeon has their own respective post op protocol for his/her patients.  Your surgeon is your best resource as he/she is most familiar with your medical history and how you are healing at this time. The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam. Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery. Best of luck! Dr. Schwartz Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute #RealSelf100Surgeon

Post VASER Liposuction Irregularities, Swelling, WATER -- Massage, Exilis Ultra/Cellutone or Venus Legacy With Your Compression

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I tell patients they should wait 4 weeks before getting their body submerged in water.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 207 reviews

Can I bathe soon

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2 weeks should be plenty of time for your tiny incisions to have healed from liposuction. It is always best to double check with your surgeon though, just to be sure.

Lawrence Bundrick, MD
Huntsville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Liposuction - when to bathe or swim.

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Thank you for asking about your liposuction.
  • I let my patients bathe and swim a week after liposuction. -
  • It is best to ask your own surgeon for instructions -
  • Only s/he knows how you are healing.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS


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If ALL your incisions are TOTALLY closed and with NO scabs or raw areas, I see no reason not to. This is best decided by your surgeon. I would recommend contacting her/him for the answer.

When can I take a bath or swim?

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That all depends on how you are healing and what you had done.  Follow up with your surgeon and ask them.


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Most surgeons will not want you to sit in a bath or go swimming for about three weeks or so or until the incisions are well healed.  Best to ask your doctor.

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

Baths and swimming after liposuction

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While all doctors have different post operative protocols, I generally recommend avoiding swimming and baths for one month following surgical procedures.    Ask your surgeon for his/her specific recommendations.  

Joseph Franklin, MD
Durham Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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