After Liposuction

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Having liposuction may not be for everyone, but for those who are looking into the procedure having good information can be the key to not being surprised after it is done. One of the main points of questioning, other than the procedure steps themselves, is how the recovery is for liposuction. Here are some of the things that should be known about recovering from any liposuction procedure.

The In-Hospital Lipo Recovery

You will be monitored by hospital personnel and be wearing a compression garment. After a short while being observed and making sure your pain is managed, you may go home or go into a room for the night. After you have been released, you will go home to rest. You will need to walk and move while in recovery, but should not be taking aspirin or some types of anti-inflammatory pain meds. Take only what your doctor has prescribed. You will still need to wear a compression garment. Stitches may be removed about a week after the procedure. Remember to not strain or lift items during this initial recovery period. Typically, you will be able to resume your normal activities within two weeks following the liposuction.

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Liposuction Risks and Complications

Like any surgery, there is a risk of bruising and swelling after the procedure has been completed. There usually are not any major problems associated with liposuction, however there may be some adverse reactions you need to be aware of. Potential complications that may arise from having the procedure include blood pooling under the skin, scarring, infection, allergic reactions, changes in sensations, damage to the tissues, and the need for more surgery at a later date. You may need revisions to complete the look you are going for. Some people may be more at risk than others, and you should ask your doctor his thoughts on your personal risk factors.


Your doctor will schedule several surgical followups for him to see your incisions and check for potential problems. You can ask him about anything that concerns you at that time. These followup appointments are a great way to make sure you are healing the way you should be and to get any additional information you may require.

Your liposuction procedure is a good way to take care of stubborn fat that diet and exercise doesn’t get. Making sure you have every bit of information you need is also a good way to make sure you have realistic goals and get more satisfaction from the after-recovery look.