What is liposuction recovery like?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Recovery from liposuction is usually quite quick. Depending upon the areas that are sculpted, full recovery can take up to 6 weeks for the remaining swelling and edema to resolve. Our patients are placed in compression garments for 6-8 weeks to help reduce the swelling and allow for better contouring and skin tightening. Patients undergoing tumescent liposuction in my practice may return to work in about 3 days. Our patients are given oral antibiotics for 7 days, and pain medication for the first 3-4 days. Ice compression may also be very helpful for both pain reduction and decreased swelling.

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