How Long Does It Take for the Swelling to Go Down After Smartlipo?

and what recommended medication is good to use for the continuous pain?

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Timeline of swelling following liposuction

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There are several components to swelling after liposuction. During days 1-4 Infalmmatory stage is the worst swelling. From 7-10 days the third space fluids are absorbed and swelling diminishes. From 3 weeks upt to 6 weeks the proliferative phase produces collagen and fibrosis which may be interpreted as swelling. From 6 weeks out the remodeling phase results in softening of scar tissue and the impression of less swelling so that by 3 months approximately 90-95 % of "swelling" has resolved.  

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after liposuction last a few months

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Swelling is variable and most swelling after Smartlipo goes away after 2 months. However, I have seen swelling remain for up to 6 months after liposuction. Be patient, follow your doctor's recommendations and you should be happy in the end.

Francisco Canales, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling takes months

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It can take a month or so for the majority of swelling to subside, then a few months after that for any residual swelling to totally disappear (though you may not notice it since it's such a gradual process). You should ask your surgeon about the pain. If you are in serious pain after your surgery, it may be something that requires medical attention.

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Liposuction swelling

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Liposuction causes swelling of the tissues that can last for several months.  Usually most patients will see the results within about 4 months.  As for pain, talk to your doctor.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling from smart liposuction

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Smartlipo or conventional liposuction can induce swelling that can last for several months, although the great majority of the swelling disappears by the first month to six weeks and then the residual swelling decreases slowly. check with your surgeon before taking long term pain medication to evaluate why you're having long term pain.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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