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When thinking about undergoing liposuction, the situations that happen after the surgery should also be considered. Here, let us answer some questions about liposuction recovery time, from the post-surgery effect to the length of time a patient needs to rest and recuperate.


Liposuction recovery time: What are the postsurgical effects?

Immediately after the surgery, you may feel a bit disoriented and confused since the anaesthesia effects are still present in your body. After a few hours, you may feel tenderness or pressure on the target sites where liposuction was performed. Any discomfort can be relieved by prescribed pain medications.

During the days and weeks following liposuction, the degree of soreness and swelling depends on the type of homecare and rehabilitative procedures employed. Discomfort is usually the most intense 2 to 4 days post liposuction, and then you can expect it to decrease gradually. Some patients report tenderness and soreness that typically last for up to 4 weeks, but they steadily diminish over the next 5 to 8 weeks.

Liposuction recovery time:  How does my body look?


Immediately after the surgery, elastic compression garments are used to dress and support your target body areas. It also helps drain the part of the excess body fluids that may or may not contain fat. This is expected using the open-drainage technique. The open-drainage method refers to the technique that allows the tiny liposuction incisions to remain unstitched and open. This, as mentioned earlier, maximises the drainage of the inflammation-causing blood-tinged anaesthetic solution as well as reduces pain and swelling. After all the fluid drainage has ceased, some patients continue to wear a compression garment in order to support the body and limit the movement or jiggling of the treated areas. This reduces discomfort and gives a feeling of security.



Liposuction recovery time: What should I do post-surgery?

Should patients stay in bed until they feel better? No! As a matter of fact, patients are advised to immediately perform light movements and exercises to facilitate correct blood circulation and allow the body to recuperate faster. Patients are encouraged to walk and to be active after surgery. Most patients who have had tumescent liposuction entirely by local anaesthesia can be expected to drive a car within 24 to 48 hours, but doctors would strictly advise them to stay with a relative or loved one for the first week with assistance. Some patients even report the ability to return to a light work schedule within 24 to 72 hours. However, for patients who have had liposuction under general anaesthesia, they have the tendency to recuperate slower and need more time off from work.

As for a safe liposuction recovery time, most patients can return to work within a few days, and back to normal daily activities two to three weeks postop. Expect some bruising, swelling, and soreness or discomfort around the target areas for at least a few weeks. Have your doctor discuss with you all the results you may want to expect and achieve, and how to best maintain your new body shape.

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