Posted on December 8, 2020

How Long Can Swelling Last after Liposuction?

woman's wrapping her midsection with a compression garment.

Swelling is a natural response to injury, which makes this symptom inevitable after any type of surgical procedure. While swelling can last for several months after liposuction, the majority of the swelling should be resolved in the first 3 to 4 weeks.

There are some things you can do both before and after liposuction to help reduce swelling and speed up your body’s healing process.

  1. Talk to Your Plastic Surgeon about Surgical Techniques

    If you’re planning to include liposuction with a tummy tuck, consider talking to your plastic surgeon about the drainless tummy tuck technique. A drain-free tummy tuck typically reduces fluid build-up and therefore swelling after your procedure, and also offers a less complicated and usually faster recovery period.

  2. Wear a Compression Garment

    Your plastic surgeon will likely ask you to wear a compression garment for a few weeks after liposuction to help reduce swelling, allowing you to start seeing your results sooner and make you more comfortable while you recover.

  3. Apply Cold Compresses

    You can apply cold compresses to areas that feel swollen, bruised and tender after your procedure. Never apply ice directly to your skin, and avoid placing cold compresses on your body for more than 20 minutes at a time.

    Dr. Mariotti can provide detailed instructions for properly using an ice pack after plastic surgery to avoid unnecessary complications.

  4. Move around the House

    While you will need to limit strenuous physical activity while recovering from liposuction, try to get up and move around the house frequently throughout the day to promote healthy blood flow and prevent fluid build-up.

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How Long Can Swelling Last after Liposuction?
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How Long Can Swelling Last after Liposuction?
How long should you expect swelling after liposuction? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Mariotti of Concord shares the answer and recovery tips.
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Dr. Eric Mariotti Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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