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Liposuction stands out with its less invasiveness and short recovery period compared to other body shaping techniques. However, most of the patients do not know how the recovery period is as they are having the procedure for the first time. This can sometimes lead to unnecessary worries.

How does the recovery process progress in liposuction? We have gathered for you the details about the answer to this question and the liposuction results week by week.

How Long Does Liposuction Recovery Take?

The recovery time of this method heavily preferred in body shaping may differ depending on various factors. These factors can generally be listed as follows:

  • Treated areas
  • The amount of fat to be taken from the determined areas
  • General health status
  • The recovery speed of the body
  • The expertise and experience of the plastic surgeon performing the procedure
  • The extent to which the instructions given by the doctor are followed (scar care, activity restriction, compression clothing, use of mediation, etc.)
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption before and after the operation

Recovery time will vary depending on the factors listed above. Therefore, the recovery period for each patient will change individually.

Liposuction Results Week by Week

If you were sedated during the surgical procedure, most probably you will feel sleepy after the procedure. It is also possible that you will feel some pain and general discomfort in the area where the operation was performed. Liposuction is a simple operation in general terms and patients are usually discharged on the same day and sent home.

This will be decided by your doctor. However, you should make sure to have someone drive you home as you will be a little sleepy due to the sedation. Thus, after discharge, you can go home without any problems.

Local anesthesia is generally preferred for liposuction. However, depending on the patient’s condition, sedation may also be preferred to relieve pain and reduce anxiety.

[vc_toggle title=”Day 1″ color=”green” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:left|color:%231bc912″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]You will probably have some pain on the first day after surgery. You should regularly use the painkillers prescribed by your doctor for pain. Apart from the pain, swelling and bruises may also occur in the operated area. These are considered natural results of the procedure and will fix themselves over time.

To reduce the swelling you should wear the compression garment according to your doctor’s instructions. You should not take off the compression garment except in the shower.

There may be drains in the incision area. Drains are used to discharge the accumulated fluid out of the body. Thus, the recovery process will be shorter and painless.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Day 2″ color=”green” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:left|color:%231bc912″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]You should also restrict your activities on the second day. Having someone to help with chores and child care will make it easier for you. If you do not have a helper, you should take care to move as little as possible.

Your diet and the way you take care of yourself are very important during the recovery period. You will continue to use the pain killers and wear the compression garment in this period.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Week 1″ color=”green” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:left|color:%231bc912″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]The first week is the most important part of the recovery period after liposuction. After the first week, the process will become much easier. You will see that you feel less pain, bruises and swellings begin to fade compared to the first days. You can start working from home during this period. You should continue to use the compression garment.

If you have a light office job, you can go back to work with your doctor’s approval. However, it should not be forgotten that compelling activities should still be avoided during this period. Forcing yourself may cause bleeding in the surgical area. Such a situation may adversely affect the results of the surgery.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Week 2″ color=”green” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:left|color:%231bc912″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]Your pain will be significantly reduced. You will also notice that the swelling and bruises start to disappear considerably. You are more comfortable now compared to earlier days. During this period, it is important to examine the treated areas closely and to check for signs of infection.

You may receive instructions from your doctor to take off the compression garment after this week. However, it should not be taken off without the doctor’s instruction or advice. Depending on the procedure and the recovery process, each patient can wear this garment for a different period.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Week 3-4″ color=”green” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:left|color:%231bc912″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]As you proceed further in the recovery process, further improvement of pain, swelling, and bruises are foreseen. The incisions formed during the procedure will have significantly healed by this time. During this period, you can start light exercises with the approval of your doctor. But remember that you should still avoid overly strenuous activities. If you feel any pain during exercise, you should stop exercising immediately.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Week 6″ color=”green” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:left|color:%231bc912″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]CONGRATULATIONS! You have left behind most of the recovery process. When you look at your body, you easily notice the results of the procedure. Besides, other people also notice the results. Although your recovery process is substantially complete in the first 6 weeks, there will also be some minor improvements in the following period.

By the 6th week after the operation, swellings, pain, and bruises should have considerably disappeared. During this period, you can go back to your routine with your doctor’s approval.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Week 8-12″ color=”green” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:left|color:%231bc912″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]During this period, you see the final results of liposuction. Light swellings and bruises may still be found in the related area. However, they should not be that obvious to negatively affect your general appearance.

The area where the fat cells are removed will have a much smoother and tighter appearance than before. The course of your recovery process is important to decide whether or not to start more intense workouts. If your recovery process has continued smoothly, you can easily do all kinds of exercises during this period with the approval of your doctor.

In this period, very small scars remain at the points where the incisions heal. However, these scars are invisible. They may be pink in color during the first year after the operation. You should make sure they are not exposed to direct sunlight. Besides, constantly moisturize the related area with the cream prescribed or recommended by your doctor. Thus, the visibility of the traces will be greatly reduced.

You can renew your clothes by considering the results after 8-12 weeks. Your new body shape will thus be more clearly understood by other people.

The results of liposuction week by week are as follows. It should not be forgotten that this process can be experienced differently for everyone.

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When Do Swellings Disappear After Liposuction?

After liposuction, it is quite normal to experience some swelling in the area where the fat is removed. The swelling that appears after the surgery will have decreased to some extent at the end of the first week. However, it may take up to 6 weeks for the swelling to disappear completely.

It is extremely important to use the compression garment given by your surgeon as per his instructions for the swelling to go away as quickly as possible.

When do the Best Results Become Apparent?

As with many surgical procedures, the time the final results are seen differs from person to person. The size of the area where the procedure is performed, the experience of the surgeon, the amount of fat removed, and the patient’s recovery speed are important here. However, in general, it can be stated that the best results will be seen 3 months after the operation.

Recovery Tips After Liposuction (Infographic)

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If you are Patient, It Will be Worth Waiting

The fact that the results are not immediately seen after liposuction may cause depression and anxiety in patients. One should not get disappointed at this stage. It should not be forgotten that the recovery process is long and all are a part of this process. Besides, it should be kept in mind that everyone’s body has a unique structure and, accordingly, the recovery process may be different.

There may be some lumps in the relevant area in the 2-3 months after the surgery. Although these may worry you, they are normal and will go away over time.

The important thing is the long-term results. Mild swelling may still be there in the first 6 months. You will see the first results after the operation, but you have to be patient for a few months for the final results. It can be stated that the results change gradually and become final up to 12 months. During the recovery period, there may be some asymmetry in the related area. However, it should be noted that the smooth and fine results are worth waiting for.

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Results and Realistic Expectations

Patients want to know every detail before the operation. How will I look after the surgery? How much will the related area become thin? The answer to these types of questions is different for each patient. After all, people’s bodies and recovery speed are not the same. However, despite all this, patients need to have realistic expectations. Realistic expectations will make you happy after the procedure.

The aim of this operation is not perfection. The general purpose is to remove excess fat from the body and create a more aesthetic appearance by reshaping the related areas. Other details about the results that will be seen after the fats are taken from the relevant parts of the body are as follows:

[vc_toggle title=”Skin Thickness” color=”green” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:left|color:%231e73be” custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]Skin thickness is an issue that directly affects the results of the procedure. If you have thin skin, cellulite and cavitation based on fat cells are more likely to occur compared to your thick-skinned peers. Besides, your skin may begin to lose volume as a natural consequence of aging.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”The Intensity of Fat Cells ” color=”green” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:left|color:%231e73be” custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]Patients with intense fat cells get much more successful results from the liposuction procedure. On the other hand, those with intense fat cells are more prone to gain weight. Accordingly, if they cannot maintain weight control after the procedure, they may experience fat deposition problems in the relevant area.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Looseness in the Skin” color=”green” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:left|color:%231e73be” custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]Liposuction is a special procedure that allows the removal of fat under the skin. However, it does not have the effect of restoring or tightening sagging and loose skin. If there are sections that have lost their elasticity in the related area before the procedure, they will still exist after the procedure. You can review the tummy tuck procedure for such problems.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Cellulite” color=”green” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:30|text_align:left|color:%231e73be” custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]Cellulite is a condition that can happen to anyone. However, in some people, it may be more prominent and larger. If you had cellulite before liposuction, you will see that they are still in place after recovery. Although many patients report a reduction in cellulite after liposuction, this is not guaranteed.[/vc_toggle]

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Liposuction is a very effective method to have the desired body appearance. You can reshape many parts of the body with this procedure.

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The experienced surgeons of the Cosmeticium clinic shape the bodies of patients with this procedure from different parts of the world every year. Patients leave contended and enjoy their new body lines. If you also want to reshape some parts of your body, you can contact us immediately.


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