When a person gets liposuction how long is the recovery?

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Liposuction recovery

Thank you for asking about your liposuction recovery.

  • Recovery depends on how much liposuction you have and your weight.
  • It may be a day for a small area.
  • Five days for a healthy person with several areas.
  • 7-14 days for an obese person having a 5 L liposuction.
  • So you will need to have a consultation with a plastic surgeon to know what to expect for your liposuction.
  • It may take six weeks to be able to do vigorous aerobic exercise and six months to see your final result.

Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Liposuction recovery

Recovery from liposuction with the tumescent technique usually takes 3 days. In 3 days, you can expect to return to a desk job. You will be able to walk at a relaxed pace, with your compression garment on. Return to other activities such as running, exercise and sports like tennis takes 3-4 weeks. The final results from liposuction are usually evident in 3 months.

Renuka Diwan, MD
Cleveland Dermatologic Surgeon
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Liposuction recovery

Thank you for your question. Healing after liposuction k is usually pretty straight forward.  There is a process of swelling and bruising that peaks at 3 days after surgery and then undergoes the first stage of major resolution in the first 2 weeks after surgery.  The later phase of healing takes place over the 2-3 months after surgery where everything really settles and softens.  It is after this time that we are getting close to the final result, though this varies patient to patient. 

Quick Recovery

Thank you for your question. Under most circumstances, when liposuction is an outpatient procedure, recovery is usually quick. Most people can return to work within a few days and to normal activities within about two weeks. You should expect bruising, swelling and soreness for a least a few weeks. However, every person's outcome will vary based on factors such as volume of fat cells removed and area of removal. Your doctor will discuss what results you can expect to achieve and how to best maintain your new body shape. Hope this information was help best of luck on your search.

Michael K. Obeng, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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When a person gets liposuction how long is the recovery?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well... It depends on each patient's body and pain umbral, but the recovery generally is two to 4 weeks depending on your daily activities, when we move more, better we feel...

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Back to Work in Relatively No Time--Recovery After Liposuction

Liposuction downtime really depends on the doctor performing the procedure.  If this is a hi definition procedure, it takes much more downtime because of the superficial liposuction involved as compared to traditional fat reduction liposuction.  I suggest speaking to your physician.  Most patients are back at work in 2-3 days with normal methods including basic vaser liposuction.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Liposuction Recovery

Liposuction recovery depends on the patient, the surgeon, the operation, and the technique. All of these variables will influence how quickly (or slowly) a patient returns to full activity.

For the most part, liposuction is generally well tolerated with minimal recovery/downtime. Most patients will be back to most activities by 7-10 days (sooner for more limited procedures). Pain is patient dependent. There will be bruising and swelling, the majority of which will resolve over the subsequent 4-6 weeks. Final results can usually be expected a few months post-op.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board certified plastic surgeon.

Donovan Rosas, MD
Westchester Plastic Surgeon
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When a person gets liposuction how long is the recovery?

Recovery from liposuction is generally pretty quick and easy. Lets say that you have your surgery on a Thursday. I would expect you to have no problems returning to work on Monday. Liposuction will come with bruising and swelling, so expect to not feel 100% for several weeks. You should be placed in a compression garment after surgery that will help to keep your swelling down. Residual swelling can lasts 3-6 months, so do not expect to see a final result until then, however you will notice changes immediately. 

Lawrence Bundrick, MD
Huntsville Plastic Surgeon
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When a person gets liposuction how long is the recovery?

Thank you for sharing your question.  Recovery from liposuction is fairly quick, with most patients able to return to work within a matter of days.  Pain is usually described as a moderate soreness to the areas of the body treated and can be improved by using a well-fitting compression garment.  The majority of a patient's swelling will resolve in the first 6-8 weeks of recovery. Hope this helps.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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