On average, how long does swelling after liposculpture and tummy tuck last?

I had liposculpture and a tummy tuck on April 18, 2016 in the DR and still have a significant amount of swelling on the upper ab area. How long does the swelling typically last and is there anything I can do to help decrease it permanently besides a waist cincher and lipo board?

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It can take at least 3 months for the swelling to settle down, results are best seen at 3-6 months and even 12 months. Continue wearing a compression garment but you need to just give it time to settle down.

Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling is normal

It is normal to swell to a certain extent in the areas that surround the liposuction because of local movement of the fluid.  It its also common to have generalized swelling because of the fluid shift that is occurring globally.  All of this will resolve.  Some in the first few weeks, some over 6 months.It is too early to judge the outcome.  You may be doing too much.  If you exercise and the swelling gets worse, you need to give it more time to heal.  If you can do cardio with no additional swelling, then burn calories and be patient.  It will take at least 6 months to see the final results.

Gary Lawton, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Post liposuction and tummy swelling

After liposuction and tummy tuck swelling is expected.  It can typically last any where between 3 to 6 months sometimes seeing the final results in a year.  I recommend my patients wear their compression garment during this time as it will help with the healing and swelling.  But remember to discuss these concerns with your surgeon as he knows you best.

N. Bill Aydin, MD
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
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Swollen after a TT and Lipo

Thank you for your question. After a surgical procedure swelling can last 3-6 months and in some patients 1 year. For using a waist trainer you must have your doctors approval before. Lymphatic drainage therapy con help you to decrease the swollen and start seeing results a faster. Contact a specialized recovery center for having them. Best of luck

Rafael Lluberes Freites, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction / Liposculpture / High Definition Procedures / Liposuction Revision

I appreciate your question.

Swelling can last anywhere from 3-6 months, possibly up to 1 year depending on extent of liposuction performed.  Please follow your surgeons post op instructions.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.

Best of luck!

Dr. Schwartz
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute

Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

Recovery after liposculpture surgery

Hi Millicenth,

The postoperative discomfort varies from patient to patient. Swelling develops during the first few days, making the areas temporarily look fuller. About 80% of the swelling dissipates after a month, for some it can take 3 months. Now that you’re about to reach the 3rd number of recovery, most of the swelling should have gone down.

The compression garment plays a major role in limiting the swelling and is best worn for at least a month. Two weeks after surgery, spandex (i.e., cycling shorts or an aerobics outfit) can replace the compression garment and can even be alternated with the spandex when you need to launder the compression garment. Whichever item of clothing you decide to wear, keep in mind that too loose is better than too tight. The post-op result will be the same whether you wear a compression garment or not, its main benefit is that it helps the swelling to subside sooner.

Jan Zemplenyi, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon
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On average, how long does swelling after liposculpture and tummy tuck last?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. This is the surgical procedure that revolutionized cosmetic surgery becoming one of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Subcutaneous tissue or fat is removed in order to contour the body in a way that is harmonious and pleasing to the senses. It can be performed in almost all regions of the body such as the neck, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms and ankles. Usually done through a small incision in the skin through which a cannula connected to a vacuum is applied, it can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After liposuction your body is going to be really swollen for at least 2 to 4 months after your surgery. It is important for you to wear your compression garment for at least 6 months, the first 3 months 24/7 and then the last 3 months at least 12 hours per day for your body get use to not having the faja for so many time. When you remove it, your body can get swollen and also you can have pain. Remember to also compress your body to prevent a seroma which is an accumulation of liquid that has to be drained, it is hard to touch and also really painful. Bruises are completely normal for almost 3 months from surgery, that’s why is better for you to use a bruising cream and apply it all over your body 3 times a day. To prevent bad circulation and swollen legs, use compression socks. Brazilian butt lift can be performed with the same procedure and for a month it will be swollen and it will drop a little bit without losing it’s shape if you use your garment.. If you’re going to perform liposuction on your inner, outer, anterior, lateral, postetior thighs, be careful and consult with your surgeon what’s best for you, sometimes we have more extra skin than fat, that can cause severe sagginess on our legs, which can be only be reversed performing a thigh lift…

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

Dr derby

It is very normal to have swelling the first months after the procedure.. it is wise to send us some photos so that we can advise you better. Best of luck

Derby Sang Caputo, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 84 reviews

Post Liposuction Irregularities, Swelling -- Try Massage, Velashape or Venus Legacy With Your Compression

It takes weeks to see the results of liposuction and swelling can last for months. Massage, RF treatments, Venus Legacy and hyperbaric oxygen will drastically reduce swelling. Continue to follow your physicians post-operative protocol for optimal results. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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2 months post op, some advices:

Thank you very much for sharing your concerns with us.
At this point (2 months post-po) the swelling have to be minimal.
To reduce it, I recommend you perform daily lymphatic drainage massage therapy over the abdomen and wear a postoperative girdle from thigh to the breasts.
Kind regards,
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-

Emmanuel Mallol Cotes, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 270 reviews

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