Liposuction is a surgical procedure for removal of fat from areas of the body like the abdomen, hips, the buttocks and arms. Liposuction recovery varies from person to person. There are various characteristics of the procedure that can influence recovery including the type of liposuction technique performed, the type of anesthesia used, the number and location of treated areas and the amount of fat removed.
Liposuction Recovery Timeline
2-3 Days Following Surgery: During this period, patients typically experience moderate pain and discomfort which can be managed through pain medication. Most patients will need to wear compression garments which may limit their mobility. Patients are encouraged to rest and limit unnecessary physical activity.
1-2 Weeks Following Surgery: Pain and discomfort may continue to persist, but eases with time. Most patients will be able to return to work if they refrain from any form of strenuous activity. Compression garments will continue to be used and incisions and fluid drainage should be regularly monitored.
2-5 Weeks Following Surgery: Pain should be fully subsided and results will start to become visible. However treated areas may still exhibit some swelling and bruising. All incisions should be fully healed. Most patients can begin light to moderate exercise after week 3, however high impact exercises should continue to be avoided.
6 Weeks Following Surgery: Most post-liposuction swelling and bruising should be resolved, enabling the patient to see the results of their procedure. Compression garments are no longer required and all forms of physical activities can be resumed.
To ensure the most pleasant liposuction recovery in Annandale, it is important to follow Dr. Nickodem’s specific post-surgery instructions as closely as possible. For more liposuction recovery information, contact Anne Nickodem, M.D., at 703-560-8711 or aestheticallyyours.com today!