30th May 2016

Liposuction is a common surgical procedure that has a short-term recovery in most cases. shutterstock_109377467Just like with any other kind of surgery, it is important to understand that there are no hard rules as to when one will be completely recovered. Each patient may have different recommendations from the doctor as to when he or she can return to work or start exercising again, depending on age, weight, and general health condition.

Are You Wondering What You Can Expect after Liposuction?

Liposuction can produce a better-defined body, a more balanced and harmonious silhouette, and also the emotional well-being that comes with an improved appearance. When considering these benefits, it might seem superfluous to discuss the pain, bruising, and swelling that occur during the recovery period, but it is important to know exactly what to expect after liposuction so you can mentally prepare before the procedure.

Swelling and bruising are natural effects of the surgery, and they will disappear in the course of two to four weeks for some patients, while for other individuals it might take up to six months to get rid of all the swelling.

The recovery process after liposuction requires time and patience, as the results will not be visible for about three to six months. Most patients can usually walk on their own one or two days after the surgery. While some admit to some pain as soon as they recover from the anesthetic, medication is prescribed to control it. The pain is different from individual to individual and depends on how each body adjusts to the procedure. For some, it is easily manageable and barely there, while others who have a lower resistance to pain will feel it more. But, as we have mentioned before, there is medication that can be prescribed to help with the recovery process, and also, it is essential for the patient to follow the recommendations of the doctor.

Not allowing the body to recover properly before starting exercise or resuming an active lifestyle can lead to painful episodes. Also, not wearing the corset (if recommended) can cause more pain that can otherwise be avoided. Some patients experience numbness in the area where the liposuction was performed, and while it is unpleasant, it is not painful.

To avoid unnecessary pain and to speed the healing process, it is recommended to avoid taking long baths for at least seven days after the surgery, and also to abstain from alcoholic drinks and smoking. Most patients can resume their daily activity within a couple of days or weeks after the liposuction.

In short, we can say that while you will feel discomfort after the procedure, it is rare that the pain will be difficult to cope with. It is also important to remember that the pain (when it occurs) is short-lived. Using Arnica Montana supplements and creams can help reduce the swelling faster. Another positive aspect of the liposuction procedure is that the post-operative pain can be reduced and easily controlled through rest and administration of analgesic medication.


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