hips, thighs, back of kneas, waist/lovehandles, and stomach area i weigh 150, and am 5'4" tall and am 23 yrs old
How Long Does Recovery from Liposuction Take?
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Recovery From Liposuction
I'm amazed at how naive some plastic surgeons are when they talk about liposuction. The reality is that liposuction is the most painful cosmetic procedure performed. I wish it wasn't but that's the truth. The reason is that the cannulas are passed along the muscle fascia and through the fat layers many, many times. And although this causes a neuropraxia or makes the sensory nerve to the skin go to sleep and be numb it still is a painful procedure. Not intolerable but not fun for the first 3 days.
If the surgeons uses good technique and waits for the epinephrine in the tumescent to work, there really is only mild bruising and this is quite helpful. The more bruising the more pain. What is painful is muscular motion under the area of liposuction. Pain results from changing from one position to another such as sitting to standing and lying to standing. Most patients tell me that once they are moving it really isn't too bad.
So the long and short of it is that you should plan on taking 7-10 days off. After that you should be able to return to work but you'll have "discomfort" for weeks to come. You probably won't feel normal till about 3 months after surgery. And in the end the result will be worth the short term discomfort.
Time to Recover from Liposuction
Here is the information I give my patients regarding the recovery process after liposuction. In general however young adults like yourself tend to recover faster than most.
As with all operations, pain and discomfort varies greatly from patient to patient. Generally, one should expect that pain medication will be required for the first few days. Continuing discomfort can last varying amounts of time. Much of the swelling and bruising will be improved within two weeks; however, some will persist for six to eight weeks. It is often difficult to see permanent changes in the body shape before this time.
Most patients are instructed to wear an elastic garment from four to six weeks to help with skin shrinkage. Your plastic surgeon will tell you how long you should wear your elastic garment. For patients with poor skin elasticity Endermologie treatments may be recommended.
Normal activity may be resumed at 1 to 2 weeks post operation. In general, patients may return to office work 3-5 days after the operation, and 14 days for more active employment. After the operation, exercises are recommended, such as walking immediately and progressive activities beginning on the 14th day, in order to minimize the adhesions between the skin and the deeper tissues. Walking, swimming, or a stationary bicycle can usually begin in a few days after surgery. Specific time periods for resumption of daily activities, work, and exercise with be further discussed by your surgeon post operation.
Early results are seen 10-14 days after surgery, but improvement continues for 4-6 months. Persistent swelling and irregularities may be present for several months. If antibiotics are prescribed, they should be taken as directed.
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Liposuction results take several months. You have to give some time for the swelling to dissipate. This often takes 4 months or longer.
Liposuction on multiple areas
Recovery can take different time for different people depending on the amount of surgery. It may be safer to have separate surgeries and do liposuction on one or two areas than to try to get all done the same time for convenience. Multiple surgeries adds to the length of the procedure and may add to the risks of the procedure.
Liposuction Recovery Varies from Patient to Patient. We recommend Taking 1 Week Off from Work
Liposuction recovery varies from patient to patient. We generally recommend that patients take a week off from work following this procedure. Occasionally, patients are able to return to work even sooner. Patients usually resume all their normal activities within six weeks following surgery without restrictions.
We feel that exercise facilitates recovery and because of this, we encourage physical activity. Although swelling may still be present six weeks following surgery, the majority of patients have effectively returned to normal activity.
LIPO RECOVERY TIME
Be well and good luck!
Younger patients like yourself seem to be more resilient and progress well after their procedure. Follow the guidance of your surgeon give yourself time to heal.
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