How Long Does it Take To Recover From Liposuction?

Side view full length of beautiful woman in black swimsuitEven with a great diet and frequent exercise, many people have stubborn body fat, especially around their abdomen and midsection, they can’t get rid of. In many cases, this may prevent them from fully achieving their desired toned or sculpted look.

Although many non- or minimally invasive procedures and treatments can help remove some stubborn body fat, not all bring permanent results or remove enough. Despite being slightly more invasive, liposuction is a safe and effective way to permanently remove body fat and achieve the sculpted and toned look you want.

Though it is a surgical procedure generally performed under anesthesia, there are minimal risks of severe complications and a relatively easy recovery period. For the first few days to a week following the procedure, you will need to rest and allow your body to heal as your body gets used to the significant decrease in fat.

Over this initial period, there may be noticeable bruising and swelling. This does not mean the procedure was unsuccessful and will subside over the rest of the recovery time. Within the first week, you should be able to return to work and light activity. However, it may take up to 6 weeks to get back to full activity and physical exercise.

Once you return to your regular life, the results from the procedure will continue to appear until about the 3-month mark. During this time, your body will continue to adjust to the new shape and weight.

Depending on how much fat is removed, your skin may tighten to counter the loss of volume. However, when significant amounts of body fat are removed, a tummy tuck is often added to complete the tight and toned look.

Don’t let the fear of a long and painful recovery keep you from achieving your aesthetic goals. Dr. Raymond Jean and the team at Mainline Plastic Surgery in Bryn Mawr, PA, can work with you to create the perfect recovery plan that fits your schedule. Call 484-222-0010 or visit to get started.

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