How Long Does Swelling from Smart Lipo Last?

I had Smart Lipo done on my flanks 9 days ago, and I am still in a lot of discomfort. I'm experiencing a lot of itching, numbness, and some prominent swelling which gets worse as day goes along. I am more concerenced about getting better than seeing the result at the moment--it is inhibiting my work. When do you start feeling better? How long does the swelling last?

Doctor Answers 8

You must give it time

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Smartlipo does give you a quicker healing time that traditional liposuction alone but you have to remember that you just had a surgical procedure 9 days ago. Most patients want to have a procedure done, lose the fat and look great the next day. We, as surgeons, also would like this but it can't always happen this way. everyone is different and everyone heals at differnet rates.

I always tell patients that they will get bigger before they get smaller. It takes about 2-3 weeks for the initial swelling to go down and then about 2-3 months for all of the skin tightening to take place.

Unfortunately, there are areas such as the flanks and the outer thighs that can have some discomfort for a few weeks. Despite all of this, you should be able to be out walking or doing lighter exercise after the first week following SmartLipo. Compression garments help and gentle easy stretching can help as well.

try to be patient, it will get better soon.

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon

Just a bit more time

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Depending on the size and extent of your flanks the healing can take a bit longer than nine days, but if it is truly worsening rather than improving I would pay the surgeon a visit to check for infection and seroma formation. Odds are that it's just taking a little longer than usual. Hopefully this will end soon and your result will last forever!

Robert W. Benson, MD
Hammond Dermatologic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Smartlipo healing!

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Every patient is different and some might see there best results before others. At Vedas Medical Spa we give our patients the time frame of 90 days (3 Months) to see their best results. Before the patient has their procedure we will take pictures and compare them to the patient's 3 month follow up appointment.  Patients who drink lots of water, eat correctly, and do a detox might see sooner results. I hope this helps you on your journey w Smartlipo ! :)

Chaitali Nangrani, MD
The Woodlands Family Physician
4.2 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

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It's important to keep in mind that while Smart Lipo is considered a  minimally invasive procedure, it's still considered surgery.  Eating a diet low in sodium after your procedure, drinking plenty of fluids and making sure to keep active with walking regularly all help to reduce swelling.  It's also vital to keep wearing your compression garments, as these are instrumental in reducing your swelling.  In general, the worst of the swelling lasts for about the first two weeks, however, every patient heals at a different rate. 

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Downtime after Smart Lipo

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While the downtime for Smart Lipo can vary from patient to patient, the initial healing period should just be a couple of days.

Since there are no hard and fast rules for the surgery and each patient reacts differently, what you are experiencing may be totally normal. You can help the swelling by eating a low salt diet, drinking a lot of water and keeping your compression garment on as much as possible for at least two weeks after surgery. You should definitely follow up with your doctor about any concerns.

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Flanks a Bit More Prone to Swelling

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Although SmartLipo is known for offering a shorter recovery time than many other forms of liposuction, you're still rather early in the overall healing process. While swelling can persist for several weeks, it shouldn't be hampering your ability to work. Please see the surgeon who performed your procedure to get to the bottom of what's contributing to your extended recuperation. Best wishes during your recovery.

I had Smart Lipo done on my flanks 9 days ago, and I am still in a lot of discomfort. I'm experiencing a lot of itching, numbnes

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Thank you for submitting your question. Swelling after liposuction will last for many weeks after surgery. Final results take 6-12 months. It is normal in the first few months that the swelling worsens through out the day with activities. This is not permanent. Continue to use your contour garment, massage the hard areas, external ultrasound and lymphatic massage will help to decrease swelling faster. Discuss your concerns with your Plastic surgeon

Swelling after liposuction

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Swelling depends on the patient but generally most of it resolves itself within a month, and residual swelling can last for a few months. Make sure to wear your compression garment, as it can help.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.