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    Liposuction Surgery Recovery Time

    shutterstock 121361392 200x300 - Liposuction Surgery Recovery TimeLiposuction is currently the second most popular plastic surgery procedure in the United States after breast augmentation.

    This procedure has become safer and more effective with less invasive surgical techniques. The average recovery period is now shorter.

    However, recovery remains an important element in the overall liposuction process, and it should be taken seriously to attain safe final outcomes.


    Transparency is Vital

    The surgeon will explain the recovery aspects in-depth to the patient during the pre-operative consultation as well as give instructions for a safe and speedy recovery.

    The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin provides liposuction body contouring to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding locations.


    Immediate Post-Op Phase

    The recovery phase may differ between patients, depending on the extent of fat removal, the areas of surgery, and the type of anesthesia and surgical technique used.

    If the liposuction procedure is performed with the patient under general anesthesia and large amounts of fat are eliminated from multiple sites, the recovery period will be longer. Some patients may even require an overnight hospital stay.

    However, a majority of patients will be able to return home on the same day after spending some hours in post-operative monitoring. The patient should ask someone responsible to drive them back home after their liposuction procedure.

    If necessary, they may arrange for aftercare for the initial two to three days, or ask a friend or family member to stay with them for assistance with routine tasks during the early recovery period.

    The surgeon will prescribe pain medications to the patient in the first week to manage the mild pain and soreness in the incision areas. They may also prescribe antibiotics to mitigate the risk of infection development.


    Initial Week

    The patient may need to wear an elasticated support corset, covered with a bandage, to protect the wound or the incision sites immediately after the procedure. They will need to wear the corset for a few days as specified by the surgeon.

    The patient will experience some initial bruising in major treated areas. However, this will subside from the second week onwards. The inflammation will persist for a more extended time. But the patient can use makeup or clothing to hide the swelling.

    There will be some sensation loss or numbness in the treated sites initially but will resolve over the next few weeks. Most patients who have had a single area treated with liposuction can expect to resume their normal routine in around one week.


    Long-term Recovery

    After the plastic surgery, the inflammation will completely resolve in around three to four months. The patient will experience progressive improvement in their body contours.

    However, the final outcomes will only establish after the inflammation subsides completely. In the initial three to four weeks, the patient should avoid aggressive activities, visiting the gym, or lifting heavy objects to minimize strain on the incision sites.

    In addition, the patient should perform gentle walks and light activities at home from the initial week itself to enhance blood flow to the incision areas.  

    They should also follow the surgeon’s post-operative recovery guidelines in a dedicated manner as well as complete the post-op appointments to the surgeon’s office according to schedule to ensure safe and predictable long-term outcomes.


    Driving Tips

    The patient should not drive in the first week after their liposuction surgery as the mild stiffness in the incision areas may make it painful to move these body areas.

    They should also avoid driving as long as they are on pain meds. When the patient resumes driving after the surgery, they should ask another individual to accompany them since the other person can take over if they feel fatigued. Though no one should be driving if they are medicated.

    In addition, the drive home immediately after the surgery should not be done by the patient.

    Cosmetic surgeons at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for liposuction body contouring.

    For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and M Body Contouring and Laser Centerplease visit:

    Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

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