Although liposuction is considered a simple procedure, it is followed by some unpleasant post-operative side effects and potentially long recovery period. The good news is that the healing process is relatively painless and easy for most of the patients. The level of discomfort and the time to full recovery very much depend on the extent of the surgery, which areas are treated, the amount of fat that is drained out, the surgical methods and techniques used and the competence and skills of the surgeon. Each patient health differently; overall health condition, lifestyle and compliance with post-operative recovery routines all account to the speed and effectiveness of recovery.
Liposuction recovery is mostly associated with the healing of some of the most prominent post-operative symptoms of the procedure. Bruising and swelling are two of the inevitable side effects of lipoplasty. Bruises can be expected to heal completely for a couple of weeks and swelling subsides for about a couple of months. In case a large amount of fat is removed, bruises may take up to two months to heal, and swelling – up to six months. Scars heal differently according to the type of stitches used and the natural condition of the skin. Typically liposuction scars are barely noticeable in a couple of months after the operation.
Provided that there haven’t been any severe complications during and after the surgery, lipoplasty patients can return to work between a couple of days and a couple of weeks following the procedure. Normal daily activities can be resumed between two weeks and six months after the operation. In the majority of cases elastic bandages or garments must be worn during the first couple of weeks of recovery. The results of the liposuction in terms of new body shape are fully visible up to six months after surgery, however this timeframe very much depend on the type of the procedure and the natural skin and healing properties of each patient.