What To Expect After Liposuction

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19/04/2012 - 10:10


Special care


When to contact the doctor


Common side effects after liposuction may include:

  • Temporary minor contour imperfections, such as lumps or dents in your skin
  • Mild to moderate discomfort/pain; you may need pain medication during the first few days
  • Bruises and swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Temporary numbness of the treated area
  • Nausea or vomiting if you had general anesthesia

Special Care

You will need to wear an elastic bandage or pressure garment over the treated area to control swelling and help with healing.

Your surgeon will tell you how long to wear this garment. During this timeframe, you should take it off only to bathe.


Results of your liposuction will become more apparent as the swelling goes down. Most people see their final results after about three or four months.

The surgeon's incisions leave small scars, but generally these scars are in areas where they are not noticeable, such as around the pubic hairline.

How To Information:

When to contact the doctor

After liposuction, call your doctor right away if you have:

  • Severe pain
  • Signs of infection, such as redness at the treatment sites and fever
  • Breathing difficulties after general anesthesia
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Confusion or weakness
  • Cold, moist and pale skin
  • A rapid pulse within the first 12 to 24 hours

(The last three items above are all signs of shock)

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

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