So, you've been thinking of having a liposuction procedure, but you aren't sure what you should expect afterward. How much pain will you experience? How soon can you resume normal activities or go back to work? These are all common questions among liposuction patients. However, it is important to know that each patient's experience will vary from others, though there is a general guideline in terms of discomfort, pain, and recovery timeline. As long as you keep in mind that you are different as an individual with your own pain tolerance and response to recovery, the below information will give you a brief look at the average liposuction recovery timeline.
The First Few Days After Surgery
During the first several days after the liposuction procedure, most patients can expect some form of moderate discomfort and pain, which can generally be successfully managed through pain medication. As a general rule, patients will be required to wear compression garments, which will hinder their overall mobility. However, doctors recommend that physical activity be limited to only necessary activities like going to the restroom.
The First Week or Two After Surgery
While pain and discomfort may continue, it should start gradually disappearing. As long as patients avoid strenuous activity, they can return to work during this time unless their doctor has recommended otherwise. It is recommended that compression garments continue to be worn. In addition fluid drainage and incisions need to be monitored.
The Next Several Weeks After Surgery
By this time, there should be no more pain, and patients should be able to see results from the procedure. However, in some cases, there may still be some swelling and bruising, though the incisions should be completely healed. After about the third week, patients should be able to begin performing light to moderate exercise like light walks (this can actually be helpful at speeding up recovery); however, it is important that high-impact exercises be avoided until further notice.
Six Weeks After Surgery
By now, there should be no more swelling or bruising from the liposuction procedure, which should allow patients to see the full result of the procedure. Patients no longer need to wear the compression garments, and they can resume physical activities with no restrictions.
If you have any questions about the liposuction procedure, the recovery process, the recovery timeline, or anything else, don't hesitate to reach out to a cosmetic surgeon in your area.