I think it’s key that after the procedure you use the compression garments. I consider it 50 percent of the treatment. Many people don’t wear them all the time or long enough. I like my patients to wear them 24 hours a day for three weeks and then at night (about 12 hours) for an additional three weeks. It is uncomfortable, but it’s a huge part of liposuction. The results are definitely gradual, meaning they get better over time. Patients should know that immediately after the procedure they are going to be a little swollen and puffy. It’s not until they shed all that water weight that the results really start to be visible. Patience is important.
Q: What should I expect in terms of recovery after liposuction?
What our experts say:
It’s very volume dependent, meaning the more fat that’s removed, the longer it’s going to take to recover. Compression is a big part of recovery. Most of our patients recover fairly quickly. They can do brisk walking within a week and higher impact aerobic exercise and some weight lifting within two weeks. You have to be vigilant in following the doctor’s instructions for post-op care if you want the best results.
Beverly Hills, California