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How Long Does Healing Take?

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19/04/2012 - 10:09

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Everyone heals at different rates, so the following points are general guidelines only for healing from liposuction:

  • If you had stitches, they will usually be removed within the first week after surgery.
  • Bruises take three weeks or longer to fade after liposuction and about six weeks after ultrasound-assisted liposuction.
  • Swelling can take six months to disappear but begins to recede after the first week.
  • Numbness in the treated area nearly always goes away in three months, often sooner.
  • Wait until your wounds heal before you have sexual intercourse.
  • In most cases, you may resume your normal activities within a few weeks. However, avoid strenuous exercise for a month.

How Soon Can I Return To Work After Liposuction?

How much time you will need to take off work depends on your general fitness and the extent of your surgery. Most people who have a small area treated may return to non-strenuous work within several days or a week. If you have a larger area treated, you may need up to three weeks of rest before you may return to work. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction may require two weeks of recovery without work.

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