I Continue to Retain Water in my Legs 3 Months Post Op Liposuction. When Will It Go Away?

I am taking a diuretic twice daily and still I am retaining water in my inner thighs where I had liposuction done. They swell enough to cause discomfort in my clothing. How much longer will this last? I'm beginning to feel like the swelling will never stop. My weight can fluctuate by 5-8 pounds every day!

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Swelling after liposuction

Fluctuating swelling after liposuction can sometimes occur up to 6 months after surgery. Prolonged swelling along the inner thigh is much less common then other areas like the abdomen and flanks. Taking medicines like diuretics is not a good idea. Following a healthy diet with regular exercise and being patient is your best bet. I would address your concerns with your plastic surgeon. 

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Swelling after liposuction - Los Angeles

Swelling can take a while to resolve. You may consider a lymphatic support supplement + compression stockings to reduce the swelling. Raffy Karamanoukian Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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I Continue to Retain Water in my Legs 3 Months Post Op Liposuction. When Will It Go Away?

Swelling can persist for 6 months and sometimes up to 1 year following liposuction.




Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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5-8 pound weight fluctuation

I do not think that you should "play around" with diuretics unless you need them medically They can affect your electrolytes in a negative way.  Swelling from liposuction especially in the legs can last 4-6 months if not sometimes longer.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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