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Recovery Time for Liposuction

Learn about the recovery time for liposuction in this Howcast video featuring plastic surgeon Robert J. Morin, M.D..


Recovery time after liposuction is relatively quick compared to other plastic surgery procedures. In part this is because the incision that's made during liposuction is very small. Only a very small incision is needed in order to get the very small cannulas into the correct area.

Often these incisions are closed with 1 or 2 stitches, and once those stitches are removed and those tiny incisions are healed, then there really isn't much that needs to be done in terms of taking care of the surgical site.

That being said, we often have people wear compression garments after liposuction in order to make sure that the swelling comes down as quickly as possible and no fluid accumulations occur, which could lead to scarring and a recurrence of soft tissue in an area where we're trying to remove fat. Finally, we often recommend massage for people who have had liposuction a few weeks after liposuction, as soon as the patient is a little bit more recovered, in order to ensure that the area that had liposuction is as smooth as possible without any contour irregularities. And that's basically the recovery timeline for liposuction.

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