Liposuction Recovery and Pain?

How long is recovery and downtime for liposuction of stomach, hips, thighs? Is it a painful recovery? How long does it take to see results? I have around 2,000 cc to remove withbdine that would be replaced in to form shaped buttocks

Doctor Answers 11

Liposuction recovery

Recovery from liposuction is usually much easier than other more invasive procedures. Most of my patients can go back to light duty type work within a few days and return to the gym within 10-14 days.


New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Liposuction Recovery

Thank you for your question. 

It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.

The first few days after surgery, you should rest quietly. If you can elevate the body part, it is usually suggested that you do so. Remember, you must not take Aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications. You most likely will wear a garment. If it is too tight, you should promptly notify your surgeon.

During the first 48 hours following surgery, patients experience varying degrees of swelling and bruising. Although the vast majority of patients will have virtually no bruising, some patients will have bruising. Bruising typically disappears within 7 to 10 days. Stitches are usually removed within a week of surgery.

Straining, bending over and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative period. In many instances, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities within 10 days or less. Best of luck!

Dhaval M. Patel 

Double Board Certified 

Plastic Surgeon 

Hoffman Estates 

Barrington 

Oakbrook 

Chicago 

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 89 reviews

Liposuction and Recovery

It is important to realize that recovery times vary from patient to patient. The first few days should be spent resting quietly. We recommend elevating the area where the liposuction occurred as much as possible. You should move around occasionally to promote good circulation, which reduces the risk of complications.

Don't take aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications, which may cause bleeding. Drink adequate fluids, especially water, to avoid dehydration. You are instructed to wear elastic compression garments around your treated areas for a few weeks to maintain the desired contours after surgery and help reduce swelling. This is an important part of the healing process, and successful results depend on following your surgeon's instructions regarding your compression garments.

Patients experience varying degrees of swelling and bruising during the first 48 hours after surgery. Bruising typically disappears within 7 to 10 days. A follow-up appointment is scheduled within a week of surgery to remove stitches and check your progress. Avoid straining, bending over, and lifting during the first week to 10 days.

Our office provides detailed post-operative instructions to all patients, and someone is always available to answer questions if they arise. Our relationship does not end when you leave the operating room.

Clayton L. Moliver, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Liposuction Recovery

Thank you for your question.  Recovery after a liposuction procedure is quite variable and depends largely on a patients pain/discomfort tolerance and which areas or how many areas are being treated.  With that said, most patients bounce back from a liposuction procedure quite quickly and are generally able to return to work after about 48 hours.  

Generally speaking, liposuction tends to be a much faster and easier recovery than more invasive procedures but does involve some downtime and several weeks out of the gym.  In my practice, patients usually return to work within a few days of their liposuction procedure but are asked to avoid all exercising and heavy lifting for 4 weeks and compression garments are also typically recommended to help reduce some of the post-operative swelling that patients will experience.  Final results can take 6-12 months, but after the first 3-4 months patients can really see a noticeable difference in the way their clothing fits and their new body contour.  I hope this helps and I wish you the best!

Stephen T. Greenberg, MD
Woodbury Plastic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Liposuction recovery

Typically you can do anything after liposuction that you are not too sore to do. Most people return to work a few days later. Most people return to the gym within two weeks.

Michael Dobryansky, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Liposuction After care includes RF treatments (Venus Legacy, Exilis Ultra) Cellutone/zwave

Most people return to work within 5-7 days after liposuction. Tenderness may last a few weeks. Swelling can persist for 3-6 months. I recommend adding hyperbaric oxygen and lymphatic massage along with your compression to reduce swelling. I also recommend adding coolsculpting/vanquish for further fat removal, exilis/venus legacy for skin tightening, cellutone/z wave to make the skin smooth, remove scar tissue, and improve the appearance of cellulite. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 188 reviews

Recovery and pain

Thanks for your question. The recovery for liposuction usually is very fast. We recommend one week of rest. Then 2 weeks of moderate rest, here the patient can start doing his or her normal duties. From the 6th week the patient can return to the gym. Results can start to be seem within 2 to 3 weeks but final results will come after six months to a year depending on the lifestyle of the patient. The pain is weill tolerate from our patients, this will depend on each doctor treatment after the surgery. Good luck!!!

Ricardo Ventura, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Liposuction recovery

Thank you for asking about your liposuction recovery and fat transfers to your buttocks.

  • Liposuction recovery depends on how much fat in removed (among other factors).
  • Usually recovery from a 2 L liposuction will be 24 hours of fluid drainage, 2-3 days of pain, 5 - 7 days of severe stiffness and many weeks during which the stiffness and swelling subside.
  • Most people can return to work in 5 - 7 days -
  • But with fat transfers to your buttocks, you will not be able to sit for 2 weeks.

Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.  Best wishes. Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Liposuction and fat grafting

Hello and thank you for your question. If you are an appropriate candidate, waistline contouring liposuction of your abdomen, flanks, and lower back can be performed with fat grafting to your buttocks.  This can greatly improve your overall shape with a smaller waist.  The average recovery time to return to work is 5-7 days.  Make sure you specifically look at before and after pictures of real patients who have had this surgery performed by your surgeon and evaluate their results.  The most important aspect is to find a surgeon you are comfortable with. I recommend that you seek consultation with a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate you in person.

Best wishes and good luck.

Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon

Richard G. Reish, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 113 reviews

Liposuction Recovery and Pain?

With modern techniques recovery from liposuction is rather short and relatively easy.  Most patients are mobile though slightly tender after 5 to 7 days.  Tenderness and was bruising are usually gone within two weeks although swelling will diminish over a 6 to 12 week time frame. Most patients look better immediately after the procedure once the bandages are removed.  Best wishes and enjoy your results,

Jon A Perlman M.D., FACS
Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
ABC-TV Extreme Makeover Surgeon
Beverly Hills, California

Jon A. Perlman, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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