hi, I am 31 years old woman who has 2 kids. I did a smart lipo in the outer thigh because i always used to have a pear shape. I did the lipo one week ago and i knew that the doctor removed 300cc from each part. I am still feeling that my shape is the same, when it will be better and nicer.After how many days i should feel the result of the treated area?
When Will I See Results from SmartLipo Treatments?
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It Takes time
Smart lipo, just like regular lipo takes time to see full results. I usually warn patients that initially they may even look bigger right after a procedure due to the tumescent fluid and swelling. Usually by 2 weeks they can tell that they are smaller but I warn them they are far from maximal or ideal. The majority of the bulk (Fat) disappears during the first 6 weeks but skin tightening and achieving the final shape will take months.
I use 2 months as a follow up to assess overall symmetry and contour and expect that patients will be at around 80% maximal improvement but again warn them that the final point will be closer to 3-4 months or sometimes even longer.
Doctors need patients and Patients need patience!
At one week the amount of swelling is almost as much as the amount removed. But by two weeks, the swelling should really start to subside, and by a month patients will usually see a big difference. But hold judgement for at least three months, as swelling will not resolve for at least that long.
One Week Post Op
At one week you are likely still experiencing a lot of swelling. There are no hard and fast rules for Smart Lipo, as every patients body reacts differently. Some patients see results immediately while it can take time for others. I typically tell my patients that will see a difference by the 4-6 weeks mark. It can sometimes take as long as 3 months to see the final results.
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The Waiting Game
Thank you for your question. I can tell you that impatience to see results is one of the biggest complaints that I hear from patients. They want to look good, and they want to look good yesterday! Without seeing photos or knowing any additional details from your case, I can tell you that generally, most patients are still very swollen the first two weeks immediately following their procedure. You can expect to see your final results at 6 months to one year out. The best way to judge your results is by asking your doctor for your before and after photos. I find that most patients forget what they originally started out with, and are often surprised at the changes they see in their bodies.
Most patients see roughly 80% of their result form SmartLipo after 8 weeks
You're not seeing results after SmartLipo because swelling from the procedure is obscuring the improvement. This swelling goes away at a different rate in everybody, but in general, I see that most patients will see about 80% of their final result after 8 weeks. It can take up to 6 months to see the true final result.
The thighs often take a little longer than other areas to eliminate the inflammation and swelling after Smartlipo. As this resolves your new shape should emerge. It's normal for the "feel" of the area to be different with tenderness and numbness for several weeks. By that time your result should start to peek through, but not completely for three or four months.
Smart Lipo Results Take Time to Appear
Results from Smartlipo
After any liposuction procedure there is a time period (usually a few weeks) when you will have swelling. This swelling will go away. As for your specific case, 300 cc is a good amount for a thin person but a drop in the bucket for a larger person. So, without pictures, it is difficult to comment specifically on your case. Good Luck.
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