Liposuction is a tried-and-true body contouring procedure for those who want to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat. While the procedure has a high rate of success, simply knowing what to expect in the days and weeks after your procedure can foster a comfortable recovery and ideal results.
Our team at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates in Missoula, MT, will discuss what you can expect during your liposuction recovery. In most cases, patients can expect to take a minimum of three days off work and can see their final results within three months.
Preparing for Your Procedure
Making plans ahead of time can help you enjoy a smooth and anxiety-free recovery. This is especially important in the hours immediately after your procedure. While liposuction is a routine outpatient surgery, it is important that you bring along a friend or family member to drive you home while you are still recovering from the effects of anesthesia.
Patients should also plan for adequate time off work and make arrangements for childcare. We also recommend going by the grocery store and pharmacy a day or two in advance, so you can pick up your prescriptions and stock your pantry with healthy food choices.
When You Arrive Home
In the hours after your procedure, light exercise, such as walking around the house, is essential to preventing blood clots and other post-surgical complications. In the days afterward, you can extend those walks to brief excursions outdoors to accelerate the healing process. Expect at least five days of recovery including weekend days.
Tenderness and discomfort are normal parts of recovery. However, these side effects are easily managed by closely following Dr. Hardy’s post-surgical guidelines. You should also continue to wear the provided compression garment until otherwise directed by your doctor.
The First Few Weeks
The first couple of weeks after liposuction surgery are generally the most uncomfortable. However, by the time you return to work, your incisions should be mostly healed and the swelling diminished. Patients should continue their pain relief regimen and taper dosages as necessary.
Six weeks after your treatment, you should be able to resume all normal activity.
Returning to Work
Following liposuction, the amount of time needed away from work will largely depend on how extensive your procedure is. For example, if you hope to target only one small area, you may be able to return to the office in as little as three days. If you undergo treatment for multiple areas at once, we recommend that you take about one week off.
Healing and Recovery
While bruising and swelling are expected aspects of healing, the majority of it should diminish within four weeks of your procedure. Six weeks after your treatment, you should be able to resume all normal activity, provided that you are not experiencing any complications. However, patients should keep in mind that although bruising will fade within one month, swelling often lingers for approximately three months.
We understand that patients want to see their results as quickly as possible, and it can be difficult to wait. However, knowing what to expect can make the wait a little more tolerable.
Prepare for Liposuction Recovery
If you have undergone liposuction or are about to do so, preparation can make all the difference for a successful recovery. To learn more about this process, contact us online anytime or give us a call at (406) 728-3811.