skip to main content


Recovery Time For Liposuction – What To Expect

Liposuction is one of those procedures that can require a little work or extensive work. It all depends on how much fat a patient wants to be removed from their body and where it is located. Sometimes it is minor to recover, taking days, while other times it can take weeks or even months. Here is what you should know.

When it comes to liposuction procedures in Boston, the first three days are the worst. Push through them, and it becomes much easier. If you have a minor surgery, you could be fully recovered in as little as two weeks. However, the more extensive your liposuction is, the more recovery time is needed. Your surgeon is the best resource for all your questions or concerns. Every patient is different, and your liposuction surgeon will provide you with the answers you need before and after your procedure.

The First Few Weeks

You will feel some discomfort. It is usually managed well with pain medications and walking in small amounts. Right after surgery, the doctor will advise you to wear compression garments to speed healing. In a week (or less) most people can walk normally, and if they have a sedentary job, they can return to work, though minor discomfort can still be an issue.

Immediately after surgery, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and numbness in the area and as the week passes on, those issues will fade away.

For minor liposuction, a patient can expect a recovery time of about 2 weeks. However, the swelling will last longer than that, and it could take several weeks to recover fully. More extensive liposuction has a longer recovery time. Much depends on the size of the area worked on, the age of the patient, and how closely the patient follows instructions.

Recovery Tips

The following tips are gathered from medical doctors who specialize in this field. However, they are not your doctor, and your doctor should provide the correct call of action for you.

  • Rest
  • Be well rested when you go in for surgery and rest well after your surgery
  • Wear your compression garment as instructed
  • Call your doctor if you have fever, nausea, discharge of green or yellow (or odor), bleeding, or loss of feeling
  • Maintain your body weight
  • Do not lift anything over 2 pounds for at least 2 weeks

The most important part of recovery from liposuction is to pay attention to your body and work closely with your doctor. Minor issues can become major problems if you do not address them. East only healthy foods. Do your walking, and drink plenty of fresh water. Rest when you need to and stop when your body tells you that you are going too far. Paying attention to these details will improve your recovery time and allow you to recover in less discomfort.

If you are unsure about anything, please call your doctor. Do not take the advice of a stranger over the internet. Each patient is unique, and not all advice is good advice. Be smart and listen to your doctor. They have the knowledge and experience to help you make a full recovery after liposuction.

Ready to Get Started?