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What is the Recovery Time for Liposuction?

March 28, 2014

Liposuction SurgeryWhen you decide on using liposuction to help contour one or more parts of your body, you should also start planning your schedule surrounding the procedure. It isn’t an overly complex or invasive treatment, but you will have to do some shuffling and organizing to fit it all in. 

Whether it is the legs, midsection, arms or face or backside, there will be a recovery period after the procedure, and it will vary depending on a few different factors. 

No Overnight Stay

One positive thing about the recovery for liposuction is that in almost all cases it is a day surgery, with no overnight stay. The surgery requires several small incisions and the suctioning out of fatty deposits with a tool called a cannula, but overall the procedure isn’t very intense. 

Not having to stay overnight helps with the mental preparation aspect and with the post-operative comfort element. Knowing that by the end of the day, you’ll be home in your own bed safe and sound makes the whole process easier for most patients. 

The Recovery Period

The fact that liposuction isn’t performed close to major organs or blood vessels of the body helps make the recovery period smoother than many other kinds of surgery. You will look swollen and bruised for a while, but within a couple weeks everything will be back to normal. 

The post-operative pain involved is more of a dull aching feeling than anything else, and you’ll typically need from three days to two weeks off work, depending on the nature of your job. Naturally, someone with a physical job will require more time off than someone who sits at a desk all day. Your surgeon will let you know what to expect when it comes to time away from work. 

Look for Quality

A quality surgeon with proven results plays a big role in your recovery time, too. Everyone has heard horror stories of liposuction surgery gone awry, but it is a fairly routine procedure in qualified hands. Take the time to review the credentials of your surgeon and look at some of his past results before you commit to anything. 

Even though it isn’t a major procedure, you should still feel at ease going into it. If you get the sense that the surgeon is just trying to rush you through it, then look elsewhere. You don’t need to abandon the procedure, but a new surgeon will help. In the end, your peace of mind is important and will help with your recovery, so don’t settle for anything less.


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