How Long is Recovery from a Liposuction?

Liposuction Atlantic County

January 5, 2022


Are you interested in liposuction to remove those problem areas that don’t respond to diet and exercise? Liposuction is a popular plastic surgery procedure that can help you achieve the sculpted body you desire, but it does require some downtime. Knowing how long the recovery might take will help you manage the healing process well. 

At Cornerstone Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine, Dr. Fred Coville uses the most advanced liposuction techniques to create the smooth, sculpted contours our patients desire.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes localized areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction can be performed using different techniques, including the wet technique preferred by Dr. Coville.

How Long Is Recovery After a Liposuction? 

Recovery after liposuction varies between patients depending on factors such as, the technique used and the volume of fat removed.

Generally, most patients can return to work about 7 days after surgery. However, patients with physically demanding jobs will need more time to heal. Patients can resume normal activities about 2-5 weeks after surgery, but strenuous activities should be avoided for at least four weeks.

Closely following Dr. Coville’s post-surgical instructions and attending all follow-up appointments will help to accelerate recovery and ensure the best results.

What To Expect After Surgery 

You can expect some swelling and bruising in the treated area. Whereas the bruising takes about three weeks to resolve, swelling can take up to 6 months to settle.

A compression garment must be worn for 3-4 weeks to help control swelling and bruising, and support the new body contours.

Pain is minimal during liposuction recovery, but pain medication is typically prescribed to manage any excess pain. Total rest is recommended in the first 48 hours after liposuction to ensure the healing process starts well.

Patients are encouraged to walk around as soon as possible after surgery to help prevent the formation of blood clots.

It is essential to be patient with your recovery and not rush the healing process or jump back into the daily grind too quickly.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Coville today and develop
a custom plan to reach your unique aesthetic goals!


When Will You See Your Liposuction Results?

The initial results of liposuction can be seen about 6 weeks after surgery, as most of the swelling and bruising should subside by this time. However, it can take up to 3 months to see the final results.  

How Long Will the Results Last?

Liposuction is not a substitute for diet and exercise, so patients will have to adopt a healthy lifestyle to maintain the results. Although the fat cells removed with liposuction are gone for good, significant weight gain after surgery will cause the remaining fat cells to get bigger.

Are You a Good Candidate? 

Ideal candidates for liposuction are men and women at a stable weight that have pockets of stubborn fat in specific areas. People that are overweight should lose the excess weight before undergoing liposuction, as it is not intended for weight loss. Liposuction candidates should also be in good health and have firm, elastic skin.  


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Are you ready to banish those fat bulges with liposuction? Schedule a consultation with Cornerstone Plastic Surgery to learn more! 

Cornerstone Plastic Surgery has two premier locations in Linwood and Tom’s River, NJ.