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How will it take to recover after lipoplasty?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Liposuction swelling usually resolves after 6-8 weeks. Our patients are instructed not to aggressively work out for at least 3 weeks after liposuction of thighs or abdomen. Compression garments including abdominal binders and girdles are placed for 6 weeks as well. 

Recovery time varies for different patients. Some people who undergo lipoplasty (liposuction) go back to work within days of surgery, and most usually start to feel better a week or two after surgery. Swelling and skin discoloration can persist for months, but they usually diminish by the end of the third week. Someone who has had a lipoplasty procedure won't be ready for vigorous exercise for at least a month. By the six-month mark, the body should be entirely recovered and settled into its new shape.

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