Should you see immediate results after abdominal liposuction? Is it normal for your belly to feel mushy the day after?

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Liposuction results may take time to see

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Liposuction removes fat - and within days, the treated area will fill with healing fluid, much of it watery protein.

Although often a person can see their result right away - they often see that disappear within a week because of the healing fluid. It takes time to go away.

So the waiting begins - often you will start to see your shape at 6 weeks, for some people it takes longer.

Often however people think they see no improvement but, if they compare before/after photos - there is more improvement than they realize. It varies from person to person but until the fluid is gone, the skin will feel 'mushy', "soft" or 'numb.' When feeling starts to come back, it often is a good sign that the fluid is working its way out. Best wishes.

Healing Post Liposuction

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Immediately after an abdominal liposuction, we do see an improvement. Over the next two or three days, swelling increases and it becomes difficult to see the improvement until the swelling goes back down. It is relatively normal to feel that there is this softness in the areas that have been treated. There may be slight amounts of fluid that will be absorbed over time. A large amount of fluid, however, should be treated. After three weeks we typically start to see a good improvements after a liposuction procedure of the abdomen.

James Green, MD
Santa Fe Plastic Surgeon

Liposuction of Abdomen and Results One Day Later

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  • It will take a few months for you to see the final results of your abdominal liposuction. 
  • It is important to wear your compression garment, and follow your plastic surgeon's instructions. 
  • One day after your procedure is way too early to see results!  It is expected that you will have some bruising and swelling. 
  • Be patient and follow up with your plastic surgeon.

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Timing of results after liposuction

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Everyone heals at a different pace, but in general, most patients will be able to see results within 2 weeks. Final appearance can take up to 3 months. If the access incisions are left open to drain, the swelling may subside rather quickly, and you may see results within a few days. Your belly may feel a bit 'mushy" for the first few days, and this can be attributed to swelling of the tissues and some fluid collections.

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Liposuction and results

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Results of liposuction will take several months because you have to allow for the swelling to subside. Best of luck.

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Liposuction Results Time Frame

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It takes 3-6 months to appreciate the final results of liposuction, especially if there was a large volume removal or if laser was used.  I see more prolonged swelling and bruising in my "high definition" "contouring" cases as well.  After a day you are very swollen, although you still should be able to see some volume reduction and change in size and shape.  Follow your post-operative instructions and give the healing process time to progress.  Best, Dr. Emer.

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Results after Liposuction of Abdomen q

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Thank you for your question. You are not going to see the final result of liposuction right after your surgery. You will be swollen and have fluid that may need to be drained. It can take a couple months to see the full contour of your body. Best of luck!

Dhaval M. Patel 

Double Board Certified 

Plastic Surgeon 

Hoffman Estates 




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Should you see immediate results after abdominal liposuction?

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You should see some results certainly within a few days after your liposuction procedure , but there are a number of variables including your age?, previous pregnancies and number?, skin quality and laxity ?, major weight loss?, were you placed in a compressive garment immediately post op to minimize swelling? what specific type of liposuction- conventional, Power Assisted, Smart Lipo, Vaser Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction?
I tell my patients that they should realize 60-70% of there results within 6-8 weeks as the swelling goes down and the scar tissue softens. However the final result can take up to six months and for the overlying skin to optimally contract.

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Should you see immediate results after abdominal liposuction? Is it normal for your belly to feel mushy the day after?

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The final result of liposuction is often hidden in the immediate post-op period due to: swelling and bruising.
Give it some time before you pass your final judgement. Follow your post-op instruction given by your surgeon

Should you see immediate results after abdominal liposuction? Is it normal for your belly to feel mushy the day after?

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You may experience swelling for a few days after surgery. Apply ice packs to the surgical area, and wear your compression garment.  Your results should improve over the next few days.  Ask your surgeon about massage as you are healing.  Best wishes!

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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