How Long Does it Take to Recover From Liposuction?

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Liposuction is one of the least invasive cosmetic surgeries, but you will still need to set aside a reasonable amount of downtime to fully recover from the procedure. Pain and discomfort can vary greatly depending on the extent of your procedure, your body's healing rate, and your own tolerance levels for discomfort. However, most patients only need to use pain medication for the first few days of liposuction recovery.

You may be provided with an elastic garment to help your skin shrink and tighten properly around the treated area. Dr. Lefkovits will inform you how long this garment needs to be worn. Dr. Lefkovits also recommends a course of postoperative massage and ultrasound sessions beginning after 1 week following surgery. They are provided in-house. These sessions expedite the healing process and obviate the need for prolonged use of a compression garment The majority of your swelling and bruising will fade within two weeks, but a small amount may persist for six to eight weeks. During this time, your final results will not yet be visible; it can take several months for the full outcome of your procedure to be revealed.

You should be able to return to most normal activities 1 to 2 weeks after liposuction. However, many patients can return to office work a mere 3 to 5 days after the procedure. If your job requires more physical activity, you may need to wait 14 days before returning.

Although light walks are encouraged soon after your operation, you should refrain from most other forms of exercise until Dr. Lefkovits informs you it is safe to resume them.

If you have further questions about liposuction, please contact Park Plaza Plastic Surgery today or call (212) 750-9494 to schedule your consultation with our board-certified NYC plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits. We serve patients in New York and nationwide.