Most people enjoy their new body after liposuction, as they feel better and look more confident. However, the post-operative pain and discomfort is often difficult to deal with despite the positive improvements they expect after recovery. It’s therefore very important that patients find out how long after liposuction is pain and swelling normal. Knowing what to expect will you handle these issues easier.
Despite a healthy diet and regular exercise, some people still find themselves with bulges of fat, especially on the hips, thighs, back, abdomen, and arms. Liposuction contours these areas. The procedure is generally done on an outpatient basis, but an overnight hospital stay is generally required for large volume liposuction.
How long is pain and swelling after lipo?
After liposuction patients can expect to experience pain, swelling, and bruising. Your surgeon will prescribe prescription pain medication to ease the pain, which normally persists for about 2 days. The pain is often more severe in cases where a lot of fat is removed.
There is less pain with tumescent liposuction, as local anesthetic is injected into the tissues. This makes the procedure more tolerable, and also reduces post-operative pain. Pain is also limited when laser lipo is performed, as there is less tissue trauma.
There is usually significant swelling for the first 3-4 days. This will gradually resolve over the following 2-4 months, and during that time your new shape will emerge. Final results can take up to 6 months.
Patients are advised to wear their compression garment as advised by their surgeon, as this helps to minimize swelling.
Contact Accent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Tupelo, MS, to learn more about liposuction procedures. Call 662-377-6290 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Craig.