How long is it normal to hold water weight from liposuction?

I had a BL & lipo preformed on my abs, flanks, and bra fat almost 8 weeks ago and I still weigh 6 to 7 pounds more than when I went in for surgery. I stayed off the scale for the first 10 days. But I have been hovering around 141 to 142 for about 5 weeks. I was 135 before surgery. I He removed 3 liters. My mid section is about an inch smaller than before but it seems like my butt and thighs have definitely gained some size. Is this normal?

Doctor Answers 3

Still Swollen--Add Venus Legacy, Exilis Ultra, Cellutone/Zwave to your aftercare

You can still have some swelling which will last 3-6 months after your procedure. I recommend adding hyperbaric oxygen and lymphatic massage along with your compression to help decrease swelling.  I also recommend adding coolsculpting/vanquish for further fat removal, exilis/venus legacy for skin tightening, cellutone/z wave to make the skin smooth, remove scar tissue, and improve the skin's appearance. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer


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How long is it normal to hold water weight from liposuction

Thank you for your question. Your body may be still holding water and it may take 2-3 weeks more. Please follow instructions from your PS, healthy diet with low sodium.

Water retention after liposuction

Thank you for asking about your liposuction.

  • Water retention does occur after liposuction as does swelling.
  • And some people do hold water for much longer than expected.
  • If you are the same weight that you were 3 weeks after liposuction, then it just sounds as though your body isn't ready to return to normal yet. It probably will in another month or two.
  • But if you may be gaining weight by eating more than usual - now is the time to get that under control.

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

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