How Long Does Swelling Really Last After Lipo?

How Long Does Swelling Really Last After Lipo?  

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Swelling After Liposuction

Swelling after liposuction lasts 3-6 months. The more tissue that was removed the longer the swelling lasts. Your tissues may feel numb while they still contain excess swelling. The good part about that is it's a sign that there is more result yet to come.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction swelling

The initial swelling is from 3-4 weeks, then residual swelling can last a few months. You should wait for a few weeks for the swelling to subside, then you'll be able to see your improvement. 

Swelling after Liposuction

Generally I recommend patients wait for at least three to four months to assess their results. Swelling gradually subsides during this time. However this may take longer depending on your rate of recovery. 

Liposuction swelling

For most of my patients, 80% of their swelling is gone by six weeks, and 100% is resolved at six months.  Patients see substantial improvements immediately, and their results continue to get better for several months.

David Stoker, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after liposuction

If you want to know when there is absolutely no swelling left after liposuction to see the final result I would say that this is about 6 months postop.

Liposuction Swelling

The majority of swelling after liposuction usually decreases over the first three months.  You can also still have some minor swelling for up to a year following a procedure. It can be affected by how much fat was removed. In order to aid in reducing the swelling faster, continue wearing a compression garment over the treated area. If you notice an increase in swelling or pain over time be sure to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

How long does Swelling Really Last after Liposuction?

How long does Swelling Really Last after Liposuction?
Bruising and swelling are normal in the suctioned areas and usually increase slightly after
the removal of any tape or foam. The bruising will decrease over 3-4 weeks, but may last as
long as 6 weeks. The majority of the swelling will be gone within the first 3-4 weeks.
However it may take 6-9 months to disappear completely. The compression garment helps
reduce the swelling, and the longer it is worn, the more quickly the process will proceed.

Final Healing From Liposuction Takes Months

It takes approximately 3 months from liposuction to see a consistent improvement.  In some patients, the swelling may last up to 6 months.

Michael A. Jazayeri, MD
Santa Ana Plastic Surgeon
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Resolution of swelling and bruising following liposuction

Swelling after liposuction is variable and dependent on several factors. Expect a majority of it to dissipate by around 3 -6 months though it can take up to a year for it to maximally resolve. If there is some bruising, it may take 2 - 3 weeks to resolve.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after liposuction

The recovery from liposuction certainly varies widely from patient to patient, like all surgical procedures.  The average patient can expect bruising and noticeable swelling for the first few weeks followed by a gradual decline in swelling along with retraction of the skin of treated areas over several months.  Remember, do not weigh yourself the day after surgery and expect to have lost weight as you will generally weight significantly more than before the surgery and will be distressed.  Don't worry, as the swelling goes down, your weight will too!


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Sean A. Simon, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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