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How long does it take to recover from liposuction?

The answer to the question “how long does it take to recover from liposuction” can vary depending on several factors. It depends on the area treated, as well as the individual’s ability to recover quickly. Treating a small area such as the chin results in a short recovery time of around a week. Other areas like the stomach or thighs will have a longer recovery period. In general, patients will recover within six weeks. However, it may take many months more to see the full result of the surgery.

Also Read: What to Expect 3 Weeks After Liposuction 

What Can I Expect During Liposuction Recovery?

Immediately after your procedure, you will experience bruising, swelling, and pain. You will need someone to drive you home and perhaps help you with daily tasks. You should take time to recuperate for the first couple of days after surgery. It’s important to stay well hydrated and avoid showering at this time. You can take a shower after the first 24 hours. However, you must put your compression garment back on immediately afterward. After two or three days, you can begin taking a little light exercise. You can get out of bed and walk around your home for a while. It’s essential, though, not to do anything strenuous yet! 

After a couple of weeks, your swelling, pain, and bruising will subside. You can start doing more exercise, but still, avoid exerting yourself excessively. By now, you’ll probably be able to return to work and do regular household tasks. You must avoid bathing and swimming for now until your surgeon gives you the go-ahead. 

After 4 to 6 weeks, the pain, swelling, and bruising should disappear entirely. If your surgeon agrees, you can return to all your normal activities. You may now be able to return to the gym for strenuous workouts. Your surgeon may also advise you can start swimming and bathing again.

After a couple of months, you may be able to see the results of your procedure. In some cases, though, you may not see the full result for as long as six months. It’s important to be aware of this, so you don’t have unrealistic expectations. 

Must I Wear A Compression Garment During Liposuction Recovery?

You should wear the compression garment as prescribed by your surgeon during your recovery. At first, you need to wear it 24 hours a day. You can remove it to shower after the first 24 hours, but you must put it right back on. You will typically need to wear it all the time, both day and night, until your surgeon advises otherwise. It is vital to wear compression garments to help the skin drape to its new contours. It helps to promote a good recovery. After a couple of weeks, you can probably reduce the amount of time you wear your garment. You shouldn’t stop wearing it altogether until your surgeon tells you to. 

Is There Anything I Can Do Before My Surgery To Make My Recovery Easier?

There are several things you can do before your surgery to make the process of recovery easier and smoother. Here are some of the most important:

  • Choose the right surgeon – Dr. Su at ArtLipo is an excellent choice, thanks to his expertise in the field.
  • Follow your surgeon’s advice carefully
  • Avoid certain medications and supplements
  • Avoid smoking and vaping
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Prepare your home for returning after surgery 

How Can I Speed My Liposuction Recovery? 

Some people will naturally recover more quickly than others after any kind of surgery. Nevertheless, there are a few things that any patient can do if they want to speed up the process. Here are some of the top things you should do for a swifter recovery:

  • Follow the surgeon’s instructions at all times.
  • Wear your compression garment as prescribed.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Avoid smoking and vaping. 
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise until advised it is safe.
  • Don’t bathe or swim until your surgeon advises you to.
  • Attend your follow-up appointments as arranged.

Could I Face Complications During My Recovery?

If you select a skilled and experienced surgeon, complications are rare. Nevertheless, all surgeries come with risks. Some possible complications include:

  • Skin discoloration
  • Irregularities of the skin such as contour deformities or rippling
  • Nerve pain 
  • Infection
  • Scarring 
  • Reactions to medications
  • Excessive bleeding

Follow the advice of your surgeon for before and after your surgery, and you can minimize the risks. 

Will I See The Result Of My Liposuction Procedure Once I Have Recovered? 

In some cases, you may see the full result of your procedure around the time of your recovery; however, most people won’t see an immediate result. You will feel physically better for several weeks before seeing the outcome. Often, it can take as long as six months to see your full benefit. In some cases, patients wait up to a year to experience the complete result. Dr. Su at ArtLipo can advise you about when you can expect to see the entire outcome of your liposuction.

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