Regarding liposuction, it’s very important to take into account the recovery time after the procedure and to remember that you won’t be able to simply resume your life immediately after the procedure. Taking a week off from exercise will reduce your risk of complications and improve the overall quality of your results.
Note: This page is intended to help people considering liposuction to understand the recovery period after the procedure. Current patients should consult the post-operative instructions they were given at the time of their procedure.
The day of your procedure
After your procedure, you will be taken to our recovery area so that we can monitor you to ensure you’re sufficiently recovered, with no signs of complications developing before you leave. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home. We recommend that you also have a responsible adult stay with you for the rest of the day. If you feel up to it, try to walk around your home the day of your procedure. It’s not crucial, but it can help reduce your risks from the procedure. You can also eat if you want, and we recommend that you drink hydrating fluids.
The first week of recovery
During your first week after liposuction, you’ll experience some minor discomfort. This is usually minor and can be controlled with medication. You will also be wearing a special compression garment to help encourage your body to heal into the desired shape. During this first week you can engage in short, non-strenuous walks outside, and you may return to non-strenuous work within a day or two after your procedure. Feel free to hang out with friends, but avoid alcohol during the first week. This is also the time to monitor yourself for complications.
Two weeks after liposuction
At the end of your first two weeks of recovery, we will evaluate your progress. You will likely be able to stop wearing the compression garment after the first week. In addition, you can begin returning gradually to your normal exercise routine. At your follow-up appointment, we will talk about your routine and advise you when you can return to each activity.
Three weeks after liposuction
You should begin seeing results at the end of your first few weeks of recovery. Final results, however, will take several months to become apparent. Visibility of results will depend on your body’s creation of new collagen. By six months, you should see final results.
Any time the skin is cut, there will be a scar; however, the scars from liposuction are so small they are barely visible. We will give you post-operative instructions that will help your scars become as subtle as possible after the procedure.