Lipo and Swelling

I had Lipo on Tuesday and have been suprised at the pain. I had a TT in February and was at work in ten days,so I have a pretty high pain tolerance. My question is that I am swelling..alot My feet and lower legs look huge. I know some swelling is ok and I always retain a little water that I take lasix for. Has anyone experience alot of swelling? Have you tried any natural remedies? I had my back, thighs and Bottom done. I am wearing a VERY snug compression garment that goes to my knees.

Doctor Answers 12

Liposuction and Swelling

Swelling from liposuction may last as much as 6 months or more following surgery, depending upon the extensiveness of the procedure. Wearing your garment, diet and exercise will decrease swelling.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Lipo and Swelling

Most non-Plastic surgeons under-estimate the amount of trauma liposuction creates. Those hundreds of tunnels from which fat was removed result in tissue swelling and fluid inside these areas. The compressive garments are used to reduce the formation and persistence of this swelling.

As regards pain, we are all different in our perception of pain and just because you had a good experience with a tummy tuck may not necessarily mean you would have one with liposuction. That being said extreme pain and swelling of the legs may be something other than liposuction and could represent clotting of a deep vein (DVT) or injury to a deep muscle with a resulting high pressure (compartment Syndrome). It would be best for you to be looked at by your surgeon to make sure your pain is nothing serious especially since it sounds like you do have a high pain threshold

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Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after lipo; treatments of swelling

The hardest thing from a patient perspective about liposuction is that it is not an immediate gratification procedure. Despite the small incision, there is an extensive amount of surgery under the skin happening which results in your body creating swelling. This varies with the extent of the procedure. It usuallyl takes about 2 weeks to get back to your preoperative weight. 4 weeks to start to see changes and 3-4 months to achieve your results. Occasionally I may prescribe a mild diuretic to help speed this process up, but usually the body takes care of it. Compression definitely helps. Remember also that your result depends not only on what your surgeon did but you embracing the necessary diet and lifestyle changes.

Jeffrey Kenkel, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Lipo and Swelling

Very rare to have " alot' of swelling but can occur. You need to consult with your chosen surgeon FIRST. before you undertake any self treatments, like Lasix. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

Lipo recovery

Many people under-estimate the recovery from liposuction, particularly on the legs.  That seems to be one of the more uncomfortable areas.  Remember, all that tunnelling under the skin ...despite the tiny incisions on the surface of the skin.  The swelling may last several weeks, particularly down towards the ankles.  Use compression, walk if you can, put your feet up when you are resting...and hang in there.


Best of luck!

Thomas Fiala, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction and swelling

Swelling is quite common after liposuction especially of the lower legs.  If you have a lot of pain that is of concern, and I would suggest that you talk with your surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Some Swelling Normal

It is not unusual to have lower extremity swelling after thigh lipo. If the garment is very tight, I suspect you are swelling below the lower edge of the garment.  Sometimes a tight garment will contribute to more swelling. However, you still need to see your doctor as a lower extremity blood clot can also make your legs swell. You need to make sure that is not the case.

Good Luck

Brian Klink, MD
Vacaville Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after liposuction

You should wait three to four months for the swelling to subside. Make sure to wear your compression garment and drink plenty of fluids and go to the washroom regularly to help with swelling. You should also cut back on salt intake and move around at a leisurely pace to keep your circulation going. When sitting or lying down, elevate your feet. Please see your surgeon for advice that is specific to your situation, and you may want to stop taking Lasix unless advised by your surgeon. Best of luck.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 179 reviews

Swelling from lower body liposuction is common

Some recommend Arnica for helping reduce swelling after liposuction.  Lower body liposuction causes  swelling in the legs often. leg elevation will help. followup with your surgeon frequently to make sure you're healing well.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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How much swelling is normal after liposuction?

Liposuction swelling depends on the quantity of fat removed and the anatomic location of the fat removal.  Because of gravity, lower extremity liposuction is normally associated with increased swelling that takes longer to resolve.  Patients who have a great deal of liposuction performed also become significantly swollen.  It is difficult to determine if your swelling is normal without more information.  You should see your plastic surgeon as soon as possible.  Do not take any diuretic such as Lasix.

Elizabeth S. Harris, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

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