One of the major concerns people considering liposuction have, is about the recovery time. They often don’t know what to expect during recovery or how long it will take to heal. Knowing how long recovery is likely to take helps patients make informed decisions about surgery.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes unwanted fat from specific regions of the body to improve overall contours. It is the ideal way to get rid of those annoying fat bulges that are resistant to diet and exercise. Areas commonly treated with liposuction include the abdomen, flanks, upper arms, and thighs. Liposuction is customized to meet the individual needs of each patient.
There are different liposuction techniques including tumescent liposuction, laser liposuction, ultrasound liposuction, and high definition liposuction.
How Long Is Recovery From Liposuction?
It typically takes about 7 days to recover from liposuction. However, recovery may vary from patient to patient depending on the technique used and the amount of fat removed. There is less bruising and swelling with modern methods such as laser liposuction and ultrasound liposuction, which means fewer recovery days.
What To Expect During Recovery?
Patients can expect to have pain and swelling in the days following liposuction. The swelling may last for several weeks. There may also be some bruising at the incision sites.
A compression garment is worn for several weeks after surgery to help the tissues heal properly, and minimize swelling. The compression garment also provides support for the new body contours. When the compression garment is worn as required after liposuction, it assists healing and enhances the final results.
The improved body shape can be seen about 2-3 months after surgery.
After liposuction, it’s important not to rush recovery. Get plenty of rest, eat well, and take the time you need to heal properly.