When Will I See Results from SmartLipo Treatments?

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?

Doctor Answers 9

It Takes time

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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.

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon

Doctors need patients and Patients need patience!

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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.

Steven Teitelbaum, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

One Week Post Op

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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.

Marwan R. Khalifeh, MD
Chevy Chase Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

The Waiting Game

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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. 

Mytien Goldberg, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

Most patients see roughly 80% of their result form SmartLipo after 8 weeks

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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.  

Lawrence Osman, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon


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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.

Robert W. Benson, MD
Hammond Dermatologic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Liposuction results

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Swelling is quite common after liposuction. It will take a few weeks to months to see final results and compression garments + massage can help you attain better results. 


Dr. Karamanoukian 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Smart Lipo Results Take Time to Appear

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If that amount of fat was removed, you will definitely see some positive results over the next few months. These procedures need time to give the final result, although we all want to look perfect the next day. Hopefully your doctor explained this to you. We like to see our patients on a fairly regular basis for the first few months post Smart Lipo so we can take photographs and measurements and all follow the process together. And remember, diet and exercise are crucial to do at home — it's the worst for us to see someone 6 months later who says nothing happens and then on the scale there is a big weight gain. Take good care, and you will do great.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Results from Smartlipo

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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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