Liposuction cosmetic surgery will involve a considerable time for recovery, which should be taken into account while planning for this procedure. The time involved can range from just a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size and number of treated areas, the type of liposuction technique, and how diligently the patient follows the surgeon’s recovery instructions.
The plastic surgeon will discuss all aspects of liposuction, including the estimated recovery period during the initial consultation process. The first goal of the surgeon will be to help the patient make a well-considered choice. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman provides liposuction to patients in Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding locations.
First Few Weeks
The patient will be required to wear a compression garment in the treated area for the first several days following liposuction cosmetic surgery. This will support healing and expedite recovery. Most patients will feel comfortable enough to remove the compression garment in a few weeks.
Mild pain and soreness in the incision areas is expected after liposuction. The surgeon may prescribe pain meds for a few days to keep the patient comfortable. Moderate walking is encouraged after the first two days. In about one week, most patients will be able to walk and move normally, and even go back to work with minimal discomfort.
Showers instead of baths should be taken in the first week. By the second week, bruising, swelling and numbness will begin to subside considerably. Drain tubes and sutures will be removed in about a week to 10 days after the surgery. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kaufman receives patients from Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and nearby areas for liposuction.
Swelling Elimination over a Few Months
Complete swelling will be eliminated over a few months after liposuction. Final results of liposuction will be fully visible once it the swelling is completely gone. This period can be longer if the treatment area is larger than usual. The skin around the treated area may appear loose for some time, but it will regain natural elasticity with time.
The patient should continue to monitor the incision area for any signs of infection, and should visit the surgeon as per schedule for post-operative appointments. If the swelling appears excessive at some point, the patient should get in touch with the surgeon promptly.
Exercising to Reduce Recovery Time
The patient should follow the surgeon’s guidelines with regard to exercising to promote recovery after liposuction. Most surgeons usually encourage patients to perform mild exercises after a week or two to protect against blood clot formation and other post-op complications.
The level of activity and exercise can be progressively increased in about two weeks after liposuction. However, strenuous exercises should be avoided for at least one month after the surgery. It may take several months before full results of liposuction surgery are established. The procedure is designed to enhance the shape and contours of specific areas of the body, but it is not a weight loss surgery.