After Your Liposuction Surgery
To help minimise post-op swelling and promote the flattest and firmest body contour possible, you will be required to wear a compression garment under your clothing for six weeks. Expect bruising for a period of two weeks and swelling for up to six weeks.
You should be aware that the final result may take several months to show and healing may continue for up to a year. It is normal to experience temporary numbness (up to a year) in the liposuction areas.
Patients report minor post-operative pain, which is treated with oral medication. You will be given a prescription for pain management. Have someone fill the prescription, drive you home and take care of you as you recover during the first few days after your surgery.
You may return to work and begin light exercise as soon as one week after liposuction surgery. You are encouraged to resume normal exercise as soon as you are able as this helps with skin tightening. Most activities can be resumed fully at six weeks following your procedure.
You will have an appointment to see your surgeon within the first week after surgery to check that your wounds are healing as expected. Your surgeon will see you frequently over the first year to monitor your progress and will give you advice on scar management, wearing garments and resuming normal activities.