The recovery process after liposuction varies for each individual, depending on the extent of the procedure and the individual’s overall health. Here is a general timeline:
First 72 hours: After the procedure, it’s important to rest. Your surgeon will provide a compression garment or elastic bandages to wrap around the treatment areas to help reduce swelling.
Weeks 1-2: During this period, you might notice changes in the treated areas. Swelling may start to decrease and bruising will begin to fade. You may be able to return to work during this time, but strenuous physical activities should still be avoided.
Weeks 3-6: The swelling will continue to go down and you should start to see the new shape of the treated areas. Some firmness may persist in the treated areas, which is normal. You can gradually resume physical activities as directed by your surgeon.
Up to six months: It may take between three to six months for the swelling to go away completely before you see the final results.
Remember, liposuction is a surgical procedure and your body needs time to heal and recover. It’s crucial to follow all post-operative care instructions provided by your surgeon, including taking prescribed medications, wearing compression garments, and attending follow-up appointments. Always consult with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns during your recovery period.