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.
Swelling after Liposuction
Thanks for your question. The answer is yes! Swelling begins while the procedure is being performed! Significant swelling is present in the first 48 hours and slowly decreases over the following 2 weeks. Less significant swelling continues for up to 3 months (or longer). So be patient - it will get better!
Hope this helps!
Dr. Nicolas Hynes, MSc, MD, FRCS(C)
Does swelling after awake Tumescent Liposuction usually begin right away? Why cant I see results immediately 24 hours post op?
Post-liposuction swelling starts right away and progresses of the first 3-7 days. The tissue induration (firmness) will take weeks to months to gradually resolve. Interestingly enough, most patients will weigh more after their liposuction than they did before. That is because of water retention. Your results will gradually manifest over the next few weeks. Be patient. Good luck!
Swelling after liposuction
Swelling starts after surgery. You would have the worst swelling during the first 1-2 weeks. Majority of swelling decreases in 6 weeks.
You will look worse before looking better.
Please wear compression garment and follow your plastic surgeon's post-op instruction.
Yes, swelling occurs rather quickly with liposuction. The majority of swelling will dissipate after about 4-6 weeks, but it can persist for many months.
SWELLING AFTER TUMESCENT LIPOSUCTION
Thank you for your question. The procedure of tumescent liposuction is the type of technique used. Tumescent is the process of injecting large amounts of IV fluid with diluted lidocaine (local anesthesia) and epinephrine ( a medication that shrinks capillaries) into the subcutaneous fat. The definition of tumescent means "swollen" and "firm." There is so much fluid used to numb the area and loosen the subcutaneous fat that you are unable to see your results after surgery. This tumescent technique is very effective at minimizing blood loss as well as helping with pain management by keeping the operated areas numb. Swelling begins to resolve around one to two weeks after surgery and continues to resolve even up to a year.
Swelling after liposuction
Swelling after any form of liposuction is common in the first 24 to 48 hours for two reasons. One, not all of the tumescent fluid is removed by liposuction and remains in the space. Two, the passing of the cannula through the tissues does tear some very small blood vessels which, when they leak, cause both bruising and swelling. This leaking of the blood vessels usually resolves within a week to 10 days. By two weeks, most patients begin to see that they start to look thinner in the areas that had the liposuction done. Good luck and congratulations on your surgery.