A Recovery Timeline for Liposuction

Are you thinking about having liposuction, but want more information about the recovery before you make any decisions? This is something that will be discussed at length during your informational consultation with Pittsburgh plastic surgeon Dr. Anna Wooten, FACS. But it’s wise to do your own homework, too, so you can make educated decisions.

You should know that liposuction recovery varies by patient, depending on factors such as the patient’s age, health, the treated area and amount of fat removed. However, this general timeline can give you an idea of what to expect after surgery.

Immediately Following Surgery

Swelling, bruising and mild discomfort are common during the first two weeks after surgery. While most people find the pain manageable, painkillers are prescribed to alleviate discomfort if needed. Instructions are also provided for caring for the incision site.

Compression garments may be used to cover the treated area, putting slight pressure on the tissues to reduce swelling and expedite healing. The compression garments should be worn as much as possible for the maximum benefit.

Range of motion is usually limited and energy levels may be lower than normal. Patients are encouraged to start taking short, slow walks as soon as they feel ready in order to improve circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots.

Patients typically take at least a few days off from work, but some may opt to take up to two weeks to allow more time to recuperate.

The post-operative side effects should start to gradually improve after the first week of recovery, with continual improvement in the second week.

Two to Four Weeks after Surgery

Around the second to fourth week of recovery, the incisions have usually healed and any discomfort has subsided. The treated areas may have mild swelling and bruising, which continue to improve with time.

Around the third to fourth week of recovery, most patients are able to begin light to moderate exercise. However, strenuous activity should be avoided.

Four to Six Weeks after Surgery

Patients can start to resume their normal exercise routine and level of activity at this time, after being given the go-ahead by Dr. Wooten. Usually the compression garments no longer need to be worn after four to six weeks.

The results of liposuction become more obvious, although it can take three months or longer for the swelling to completely subside and the skin to contract over the treated area.

The best way to enjoy a successful, complication-free recovery is to be patient and follow all of Dr. Wooten’s instructions, which are tailored to each patient.

Learn More about Liposuction

If you have any questions about liposuction surgery or recovery, please book an informational consultation with Dr. Wooten by calling (724) 759-7777or emailing Beleza Plastic Surgery today.

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