How Long Does Swelling Really Last After Lipo?

How Long Does Swelling Really Last After Lipo?  

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Swelling After Liposuction

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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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Timeline for Liposuction Swelling

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Every patient is different and the amount of swelling can also vary depending on what sites and how many sites you had liposuctioned, but in general the major swelling goes down significantly around two weeks following the procedure and then after that, the swelling will gradually reduce each week.  Most post-op liposuction swelling is gone completely by 2-3 months.

Liposuction swelling

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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. 

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Liposuction swelling

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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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Liposuction Swelling

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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?

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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.

Swelling after Liposuction

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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. 

Final Healing From Liposuction Takes Months

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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

Swelling after liposuction

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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.

Swelling after liposuction

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Swelling is normal after liposuction and can last 6 weeks to three months. This is why compression devices are advised. Bruising can last for up to 3 weeks. Make sure that you do not have a fluid collection or seroma from the liposuction as this may need treatment with aspiration in the office.

Leo Lapuerta JR. MD

Leo Lapuerta, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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