No Difference After Liposculpture

I had Liposculpture 2 weeks ago, and I'm still a few pounds heavier. I can see no difference apart from my back. I had my back, thighs, hips, and upper/lower abs. My stomach area doesn't look any diffferent. The surgeon made incisions 2 under my breasts and 1 on my belly button. Does this mean he did my whole stomach? Is this what they usually do when you want upper and lower abs done or does the whole area get done? I seem flat at the top, bigger in middle, then flat down. Any advice? Thanks.

Doctor Answers 23

Seeing results after a lipo

You will not see a difference at only two weeks post op.  If you had a well done liposculpture, you will start to see results at around 2 to 3 months post op.  So patience for now is a great ally.

Costa Rica Plastic Surgeon
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Should see some improvement at two weeks after liposuction

After 1 week, you should see a little improvement after liposuction and a big improvement at the 1 month mark and the final result at 4-6 months. That is a lot of areas you had done at 1 surgery. I hope your surgeon was thorough and not just taking a little here and there. Time will tell so be patient and see your doc about your concerns.

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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No Difference After Liposculpture

The swelling that occurs after liposuction can actually be at its worst around 10-14 days post-op.  Give yourself plenty of time to heal before you judge the outcome.  I always have my patients wear compression garments for six weeks after liposuction.  I have seen fine reduction of swelling and improvement even 6 months after surgery.  The incisions for liposuction will vary from surgeon to surgeon.  Ask your plastic surgeon if you have any doubts about which areas he corrected for you.

Paul Fortes, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Swelling can hide results

You are probably swollen and that's why you don't see much of an improvement. Wait a couple of months for the majority of the swelling to subside before you judge your results. 

Too early to judge outcome

At two weeks after surgery, it is not possible to see a difference.  Between surgery and the first month, expect to see no improvements.  It takes 6 months to see the final outcomes.  At this point you should not be weighing yourself.

2 weeks out

You are in your swelling stage, and may not be able to see much change. Most of the swelling is gone by 3 months, and most of your shape is seen in about 6-8 weeks.  Please follow your surgeon's advice, and your results will be seen in few weeks.

Connie Hiers, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Liposculpture Results

Liposculpture results can take up to 6 months to show, but generally the average patient will see results as soon as 6-8 weeks after the procedure. Two weeks is usually not enough time to see full results.

Kimberly Butterwick, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Liposculpture results take time

I often instruct patients that at 2-4 weeks after liposculpture they may appear a bit more swollen and can start to experience firm skin called induration, which naturally subsides over the following weeks.  Surgical outcomes after liposculpture are not achieved for 3-6 months, although you may begin to see improvement well before that time frame.

Melanie D. Palm, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Liposculpture Results

Results vary with the extensiveness of the procedure: the amount of fat removed, the number of areas treated and so on. Many patients report that they see results immediately after the procedure with the final result around three to four months. Recovery takes time, you should see results unfold over the next few months.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 97 reviews

Post Liposuction Swelling - When Does It Subside?

It has been my experience that swelling gets worse someplace between the 5th and 7th day after liposuction.  There also is a natural depression that occurs after any surgery, but certainly after cosmetic surgery since one's expectations and fears are usually high.  Normally, after one or two weeks, patients think that liposculpture didn't work and that is was possibly the worse thing they ever did to themselves.  By 3 weeks, most patients feel that perhaps it worked.  At around 4-6 weeks, many patients think their plastic surgeon was a genius.


Swelling, bruising, itching, and discomfort all add to one's concern over whether the surgery actually worked or not.  In my practice, I take standardized measurements at weekly visits after liposuction which gives the patient hard evidence as to whether any improvement occurred and the degree of improvement.  Liposuction or liposculpture is a technique of bulge reduction and inch reduction, and surprisingly, has very little to do with weight reduction. 


Unfortunately and as frustrating as it may be, time is the answer and with time, I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised.

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