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What to Expect After Liposuction

Posted on February 25, 2014 by: Dr. Rocheford

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One of the first questions patients generally have when it comes to plastic surgery is what they can expect immediately after the procedure and during the recovery period. If you’re preparing to undergo a liposuction procedure with your plastic surgeon, then consider this overview on what to expect after the surgery.

You should plan to take one week off work and avoid exercise for two weeks. Immediately following the procedure you will be placed in a compression garment to help expedite the healing process and contour the areas that have been treated. Your surgeon will typically have you wear the compression garment on a continual basis for at least two weeks—with the exception of bathing—at which time you will begin wearing them solely during the day for another four weeks.

While some patients experience bruising and swelling at the site of the incision, most individuals find that it peaks within the first three days following the procedure and then slowly dissipates. Your surgeon will provide you with medications to combat any discomfort during the healing process; however, there are several things you can do to help alleviate some of the swelling, such as:

  • Staying hydrated.
  • Maintaining a low-sodium diet.
  • Gently massaging the area to promote blood circulation.
  • Avoiding medications that interfere with your body’s fluid balance.
  • Avoiding strenuous activity or exercise for approximately 2-4 weeks.

The final results should be evident after the swelling fully subsides, typically within 6-8 weeks following the procedure. Fortunately for patients, the results can last anywhere from 7-10 years with proper diet and weight-maintenance.

Whether you’re interested in liposuction, a tummy tuck, or a facial plastic surgery procedure, Rocheford Plastic Surgery is here to help. With many years of experience, Dr. Heather Rocheford is a MN Board Certified plastic surgeon who specializes in a number of cosmetic services to fit your specific needs. Contact us at 651-968-1294 to set up a consultation.

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