When Will I See Liposuction Results for Multiple Areas?

How long before the final results of Liposuction on lower and upper abdomen, flanks and inner thighs show?

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Four months.

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In Manhattan we tell liposuction patients that they will generally look good in a bathing suit in 4 weeks. By then, most of the swelling is gone.

But then you have to wait for all the slow fat atrophy that takes place in the treated areas. ( In addition to all the fat cells removed with liposuction, other fat cells are damaged, and these damaged cells slowly shrink and cause the area to look smaller.) This atrophy is complete at 4 months, and that's when you see the final result.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

Liposuction results

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Liposuction results will be seen almost immediately.  But, swelling will develop and then results will be appreciated at 3-4 weeks after surgery. The final result will probalby take a few months as residual swelling will subside.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Liposuction Results

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You can assess your results at 3-4 months, however you should ask your surgeon for a better idea in your situation. It usually depends on your rate of recovery and the amount of swelling you've experienced.  

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We have seen Lipo results in as little as 3 weeks

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You are asking a great question. Final results from liposuction usually takes 6 to 12 months. However, usually you get an incremental improvement as time goes by. Usually, immediately after surgery, if you have a bulge, the bulge should be gone. We have patients who before the surgery, try the compression garment on and it fits tight. Post procedure when we put the garment on, it usually fits more comfortable. Especially in the lower abd and flanks. We actually had a patient who had the VASER lipo for the flanks and lower abd. and 3 weeks later had a permanent significant result.

The inner thighs seem to take longer to see the final results. This is mostly because it is weight bearing and usually in the morning there is less swelling than by the end of the day. We advise patients that this can happen and only as time goes by, there is less swelling. Please realize that the swelling is never more than what their leg size was prior to surgery.

Finally, the amount of time it takes to get the final result from liposuction is dependent on a few factors. Depending on how old you are, depending on your skin elasticity, depending on the body part etc.

Hope this helps!

Andrew Y. Kleinman, MD
Westchester Plastic Surgeon

Liposuction results

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Dear Transforming UK

Generally you will see some immediate changes and then go through a period of swelling in the first 3 to 5 days after surgery, and this will start to settle by the end of the first week after surgery. The biggest changes you will see in the first month to 4 months after surgery and on going changes for up to 1 year.

There is some variabilty between patients and the areas. It is important to continue with your exercise and diet and follow up with your surgeon.

With Warm Regards,

Trevor M Born MD

Trevor M. Born, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction recovery

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The finished product of liposuction may not be observed for several months. Most of the significant swelling disappears in 4 to 6 weeks. However, and additional 20% or so will require longer to resolve. There is nothing the patient can do except wait. Compressive garments help somewhat but the biological forces at play follow their own time table.

Massage, ultrasound, and other post-operative therapies have their proponents but are probaby a waste of time. There is no clear data supporting benefits of such maneuvers. Nevertheless, patients may receive subjective benefits,, and that reason there might be some advantage to them. Conversely, there is no evidence that massage therapy or ultrasonic treatment do any harm.

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