Liposuction Surgery Recovery Time

At present, liposuction is the number two cosmetic surgery procedure in the US after breast implants. Less invasive surgical techniques have made the procedure safer and more efficient. Recovery times have now reduced, but recovery still remains a key component of the overall procedure, and should be taken seriously in order to achieve predictable final results.

Judicious and fantastic Dr. Jacob Bloom is a board certified plastic surgeon providing liposuction and other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.

Dr. Bloom will discuss the recovery aspects during the pre-op consultation, and give instructions for a healthy recovery. Patients in Chicago, IL and other neighborhoods and towns in this giant Midwest City have an opportunity to receive liposuction from Dr. Bloom.


Immediate Post-Operative Phase

The recovery period will vary from one patient to another, depending on the amount of fat removed, the sites of surgery, the type of anesthesia applied, and the surgical technique used by the surgeon. Liposuction involving general anesthesia along with substantial fat reduction from multiple areas will take a longer recovery, and some patients may even need an overnight hospital stay. However, most patients can return home the same day after a few hours of post-surgical monitoring.

The patient should have someone to drive them back home after liposuction plastic surgery. If required, they may also arrange for aftercare for the first two to three days, or have some family member or friend stay with them for assistance. In the first week, the surgeon will prescribe pain meds to manage the mild pain and soreness in the incision sites. Antibiotics may be prescribed to reduce the risk of infection.


First Week

Immediately after the surgery, an elasticated support corset may be provided to protect the wound or the incision areas will be covered with a bandage. The patient may have to wear the corset for a few days as per the surgeon’s instructions. In major treated sites, the patient will have some initial bruising, which will reduce from the second week. Swelling will linger on for a longer time, but can be camouflaged with clothing or makeup.

Some numbness or loss of sensation in the treated areas may occur at first, but it will resolve over a period of few weeks. If a single area has been treated with liposuction, most patients can expect to return to their regular routine in about one week. Stellar and hardworking cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bloom receives patients from Chicago, IL and other communities and cities in this geographical region of the nation for liposuction.


Long-term Recovery

Following the surgery, swelling will fully disappear in about three to four months. The patient will notice progressive improvement and enhancement in contours, but final results will be established only once the swelling is completely eliminated. In the first three to four weeks, the patient should avoid strenuous activities, going to the gym, or lifting of heavy objects to minimize strain on the incisions.

Mild walks and light activities at home are encouraged from the first week itself to promote blood flow in the incision sites. The surgeon’s post-surgical recovery instructions should be diligently followed, and the patient should complete the post-surgical appointments to the surgeon’s office as per schedule in order to ensure safe and healthy long-term recovery.