What to Expect After Liposuction

What to Expect After Liposuction

Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men in Oakland County get the body they want with liposuction. In this article we discuss what to expect after your lipo surgery and during your recovery.

Remember every patient is unique, and your experience may differ from this general information. Always follow the instructions and advice provided by your plastic surgeon. Dr. Ali will provide detailed answers to your questions before and after your liposuction, so that you know what to expect in your individual situation.

How Long is the Recovery Time after Liposuction?

When liposuction is done using local anesthetic, patients can often go home as soon as 30 minutes after surgery. When general anesthetic is used, patients typically require two to three hours of observation before being discharged.

You need to have a friend or family member drive you home. It is recommended that you do not drive for the first 24 to 48 hours after lipo surgery.

Tumescent liposuction involves significantly less swelling, inflammation and pain. “Downtime” varies and can be from 2 to 7 days. Some patients can return to light activity – such as a desk-type job – within two or three days after tumescent liposuction. Normal physical activities can generally be resumed very soon after that.

Your recovery period will depends on how extensive the procedure was, how much fat was removed, your age, your general health, etc. Dr. Ali will give you specific instructions about returning to work and regular activities suited to your individual situation.

Is there Pain after Liposuction Surgery?

As with any surgery, there will be some degree of discomfort after your liposuction. The amount of pain experienced depends upon individual factors including the part of the body, the type of anesthesia used, and the patient’s pain tolerance.

Soreness is usually the most intense for 2 to 4 days after liposuction – and then discomfort decreases steadily. Typically you will experience tenderness and soreness for up to 4 weeks, but it should generally subsides over the following next 4 to 8 weeks.

Der. Ali’s patients agree that the short term pain is more than worth the long term gain in appearance they experience.

Will I Have Scars, Lumps or Dimples from Liposuction?

Scars are not common with modern liposuction techniques.  Dr. Ali uses very small cannulas (“micro-cannulas”) to remove the fat – so only very small incisions are required. Each incision is no more than 3mm in length, so there is no need for stitches.

The appearance of your skin after liposuction will depend upon your skin’s elasticity. Skin with good elasticity will look smooth, firm and natural after liposuction.

The chances of irregularities, dimples, or flaws after liposuction are extremely low when performed by a skilled, board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali.

He will carefully evaluate your body fat, skin elasticity, etc. before proceeding with liposuction. If he believes that poor skin elasticity or skin tone may not make you a good lipo candidate, he will discuss other treatment options with you.

Do I Need to Wear a Compression Garment after Lipo?

Generally, DR. Ali has patients wear a compression garment full-time for 10 days after surgery, and then part-time for 10 additional days. It is not uncomfortable, and in fact helps keep both pain and swelling down.

Best Liposuction in Oakland County

Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men across Oakland County get the body they want with liposuction. He will be happy to offer you a consultation to answer all of your questions, and help you decide if liposuction is right for you.

Feel attractive with amazing, affordable liposuction. And remember, financing options are also available!

Call Oakland County Surgeon Dr. Ali for a Liposuction Consultation: 248-335-7200