Learn About the Stages of Liposuction Recovery
The success of your liposuction procedure can depend greatly on your recovery period. Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg will thoroughly outline the different stages of liposuction recovery at his Long Island, NY, practice and make recommendations for your particular after-care. Contact us today to learn how we can help ensure a safe and comfortable recovery after your liposuction procedure.
Your Recovery: The First Week
In most cases, patients recover quickly from liposuction and can return to their normal routine within one to two weeks. However, your specific recovery will depend greatly on how much fat tissue is removed and where it is taken from. For this reason, it is important to follow Dr. Greenberg’s instructions closely, as he will recommend appropriate after-care tailored to your needs.
Since liposuction is an outpatient procedure, patients can usually return home shortly afterward. The type of anesthesia you receive determines how long you will have to wait. If you receive general anesthesia, you will have to remain under our care for one to three hours. If you receive local anesthesia, you will most likely be allowed to leave within an hour.
In most cases, patients recover quickly from liposuction and can return to their normal routine within one to two weeks.
After your procedure, you will be provided with elastic bandages or a compression garment to use on the treatment site. This helps control swelling during your recovery and compresses the skin to your new body contours. You will be asked to wear the garment for at least a few days, however, some patients wear the garment for a few weeks.
In some cases, we may place tubes at the incision site, to help remove excess blood and fluid. These drains will need be cleaned once a day. If they fill quickly, you should contact our office as soon as possible. The drains are typically removed after the first few days.
You should avoid extensive bed rest during your recovery. The longer you remain sedentary, the greater the chance a blood clot can form. To prevent this complication, be sure to walk regularly around the house or around the block.
You will need to visit the office for a follow-up appointment during the first week of your surgery, so that we may monitor your progress.
Short- and Long-term Care
When you can return to your regular routine depends on the extent of your procedure and how much physical labor you do. If you work a desk job, you will likely be able to return to work within a few days.
The more physical your duties, the longer you should wait to return to work. While patients should perform some exercise during the first few days, activity should be very moderate. In most cases, you can resume normal activities after two weeks.
During the first few weeks, it is important to avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time, whether you are at work or traveling by car or airplane. Like extensive bed rest, sitting for too long can increase your chance of developing blood clots in your legs.
You will likely experience a number of side effects as your body continues to recover. Patients can expect bruising, swelling, and soreness for at least one to two weeks. Your skin may sag a little around the treatment site, but it should return to normal within six months after the procedure, depending on skin elasticity.