What Is the Recovery Time for Liposuction?

July 12, 2018

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Liposuction is a surgical procedure done through tiny incisions to permanently remove any external fat that you may have in problem areas.

Typically, the feeling you will have right after liposuction is a sensation of post-workout pain, or the muscle soreness and pain you may feel after extreme exercise. The areas of liposuction will feel sore and numb for several days after your procedure. After a few days, you will probably feel itching, burning, electrical shocks, and similar feelings in the areas of liposuction. This is good, because it means that the nerves supplying your skin are beginning to have less swelling and are starting to heal. After several weeks, you should have normal feelings in your skin in all areas of liposuction.

Sometimes you may develop hardened soft tissue areas where you had liposuction. This may occur because you are wearing your post-surgery compression garment incorrectly, or your body may be trying to develop scar tissue in the areas of surgery. Often wearing your garment in a different fashion, or starting to massage that areas that are beginning to get harder, or both, will alleviate any asymmetry and scar tissue that is trying to form.

Patients can usually get back to work within 3-7 days after liposuction, depending on how much liposuction is performed and what kind of activities are required at your job. Walking around and gentle exercise is possible within several days, but vigorous exercise may need to be postponed for several weeks.

Liposuction patients are generally very happy with their results, and they are motivated to maintain their overall physique when the surgery is done.


  • Donna Nelson July 12, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    I love your video. I'm having a single left side mastectomy in about three weeks. I'm her2 positive also. It helps so much to watch videos of women who have just gone through this and are so positive. You help take some of the fear out of this ordeal and I feel stronger than before. Thank you so much. My name is Donna, also, so I clearly picked the right video to watch.

  • cb1504 July 12, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing. I love to see you up, alert and feeling minimal pain the day after. I'm so worried that I'll be immobile.

  • Diana Bludworth July 12, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Diagnosed about three weeks ago and having bilateral mastectomy in four days.  Terror has blinded me for the past two weeks but I am now looking at recovery videos so I'm moving into the acceptance stage.  Your video has been very helpful and I so appreciate you sharing some of your story with me.  I am very interested in how you are doing now.  Hope you will post an update!!

  • Laura Ashton July 12, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    it's now been 2 weeks since your surgery, how did it go? Donna

  • Laura Ashton July 12, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Solange, I'll say a little prayer for you. I know you will do just fine. This sounds crazy, but I took some pics prior to my surgery in cased I missed my breasts. I never felt the need to look back at them but it was helpful to take the time to say "goodbye". You are brave, you are strong and you WILL get through this. Best of Luck to you!

  • Solange Klein July 12, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    very helpful. Thanks, my turn on October 15, 2013, right breast mastectomy, very scare.

  • bengaljam July 12, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    I'm on my hubby's account, but you are a beautiful and very brave woman! I only hope that in 2 weeks when I have my bi lateral mastectomy that I look and sound as wonderful as you do the day after! The tee shirt is a great idea and I'm going right now to go look for them! I also thought about button up shirts that were oversized so that I didn't have to put my arms over my head for a couple of days. Thank you for all the information!

  • bandedInMontreal July 12, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Thank you for the video! I'm getting ready for my surgery next month…I pray I will be doing as well as you:) take care!

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