A liposuction procedure could be just what you are looking for to streamline your figure and create the look that you have been dreaming of. However, as with any type of cosmetic surgery, your results won’t arrive overnight. The following is an overview of the type of recovery timeline that you can expect after you return home from your liposuction.
One to Two Weeks Later
At the earliest phase of your recovery, your results will still be somewhat distant, as you will still be experiencing some significant swelling, which will hide your eventual post-procedure contours.
You will also be experiencing significant pain and discomfort, which can be managed using the pain relieving medication prescribed by your surgeon. Your movement will be somewhat restricted during the first part of your recovery.
One area of focus during the first two weeks of your recovery will be monitoring your incisions and fluid drainage. Let your plastic surgeon know if you have any concerns at this stage of your recovery. You’ll also be required to wear a compression garment to help minimize post-procedure swelling.
It is very important to follow the advice of your plastic surgeon carefully. All of the instructions that they provide you comes from their extensive experience with patients just like yourself. By faithfully following their instructions, you can achieve the best possible results from your liposuction.
Two to Four Weeks Later
Now that you’ve made some progress down your road to recovery, you’ll be happy to know that your swelling and discomfort should have noticeably reduced by now, and your liposuction results are starting to become visible. The incisions that your surgeon made during your liposuction should have completely healed by now.
If everything is going as expected, you should be able to resume much of your normal routine. Just continue to avoid lifting heavy weights or engaging in vigorous physical activity.
By Week Three, you should be able to resume light to moderate exercise; but if you feel any pain or discomfort, stop immediately and give yourself at least another week before making another attempt.
The main thing is to take things slow, and listen to your body at this stage of your recovery.
Six Weeks Later
If you followed all of your plastic surgeon’s instructions faithfully, you should finally start receiving the payoff for successfully navigating your recovery. By this stage, you should finally start seeing the results of your liposuction procedure, as your swelling should have almost completely resolved.
You will look and feel fabulous, and others will definitely notice an improvement in your contours and overall appearance. Your bruises should be gone, and you can resume your normal exercise and workout routines.
Finally, keep in mind that your liposuction results are not necessarily permanent. You must maintain your weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. As you come to the end of your liposuction recovery road, think of it as the beginning of the new you. By maintaining a regular exercise routine and a healthy diet, you can enjoy your new, streamlined figure for years to come.