How Long is Recovery from Liposuction?
Every patient’s journey is unique, so recovery varies by individual depending on age, overall health, and prior medical history. It’s important to listen to your body and follow your doctor’s recovery plan following your procedure.
Days 1-3: Upon completion of your procedure, you’ll be wearing a compression bandage over your treatment area to help reduce swelling and maintain your surgeon’s carefully crafted work. It’s recommended you wear this garment for 2-3 weeks. You can expect moderate pain, soreness, and swelling, which will be managed with cold compression and prescription medication.
Your LPS team will provide detailed aftercare instructions, which will include getting you ambulatory as soon as possible to keep blood flowing well and prevent blood clots. Listen to your body and don’t overdo it. Resting in a time where people are so busy may be difficult, but the more energy you save for healing, the faster your recovery will be. If you have small children or a busy household, perhaps a friend or family member can help out.
Week 1-2: You should begin to feel more lively by the end of week 1 with a moderate to a significant reduction of pain and soreness. Many people return to work after 1-2 weeks unless their job is strenuous or demanding. You may not have many stitches as the incisions made are typically small, but they will be removed sometime in the first 7-10 days, and you’ll follow up with your LPS surgeon for a check-up. Increase your activity level moderately as you feel ready.
Weeks 3-5: By now, the soreness will mostly be gone, though swelling may require more time to subside. Your results will become more visible, with a slimmer profile in the treatment area. Around 4 weeks, you may begin exercising lightly again.
Beyond 6 weeks: Your activity levels are no longer restricted, and the full scope of your results is evident. It’s time to enjoy the results from the procedure made in your physique, outlook, and confidence.