Swelling in legs/feet on 5 day (a lot) vs first 4 days (basically none) & feeling light after elevating normal?

lipo (stomach/love handles/lower back) home for 4days; when home legs/feet had some swelling not really noticeable (not truly elevating legs). Work on day 5 (mainly sitting but walk more than the 1st 4 days) swelling amt same after getting to work all of sudden legs/feet swollen 10x more in what felt 5-10 min time frame about 3 to 4 hrs @ work. IS THIS NORMAL. Know swelling is common but not noticeable on 1st 4 days & day 5 happens only major difference environment, walking amount, driving

Doctor Answers 4

Legs swollen after liposuction on return to work

Thank you for asking about your liposuction.

  • It sounds as though you are accumulating swelling becuase you are sitting so long at work.
  • You can ask your surgeon to help you order a pair of knee high compression socks -
  • You should also let your surgeon know what is happening.
  • If possible, elevate your legs on a stool or another chair while at work and get up to walk around every hour.
  • Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes, Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Knowing What's Normal After Liposcution

Swelling after liposuction is normal and will last 3-6 months. It can be worse in the evening after a day of any activity. I suggest adding RF treatments (Venus Legacy, Exilis, Ultra, Vanquish) along with shock/vibration therapy Cellutone/z wave and hyperbaric oxygen and compression in order to decrease swelling and improve results. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Swelling in legs/feet on 5 day (a lot) vs first 4 days (basically none) & feeling light after elevating normal?

Swelling post liposuction is going to hang around for probably 3-6 months. It will always be worse in the afternoon and evenings after you have been up and about all day due to gravity pulling everything downwards. It will for sure vary on the amount of activity you do throughout the day. Yes, your surgeon wants you to be up and about, but the more you are, the more swelling you are likely to have. This is all normal and just part of the recovery process. You can talk to your surgeon about ways such as massage or radiofrequency treatments that may help speed up the process. Either way, this will all resolve with time..you just have to be patient. You are very early into your recovery process. 

Lawrence Bundrick, MD
Huntsville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Swelling in legs/feet on 5 day (a lot) vs first 4 days (basically none) & feeling light after elevating normal?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well... It will be better for you to move, because you can accumulate swelling all around your body, it will be better for you to contact your surgeon to see what you can do, and also use your garment 24/7 and more than that, drink liquid.

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 418 reviews

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