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How Long is the Recovery from Liposuction?

Thursday, December 15th, 2022

Woman body in perfect form, cosmetic cellulite treatmentA balanced diet and regular exercise are essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a proper weight. In some cases, diet and exercise are not enough to give you the body you desire, and stubborn body fatty areas just will not resolve.

For moderate cases, many non-invasive treatments that use thermal or radio-frequency energy can help get rid of unwanted or stubborn body fat. However, these may not be enough if more significant amounts of fat or weight are hoping to be lost. And although the results are long-lasting and usually permanent, there is a chance for the fat and weight to easily return.

Used for many years for the safe and permanent removal of more significant amounts of fat, liposuction can provide permanent results and help you reach and maintain your targeted weight, as well as improve your confidence and self-image.

Although liposuction is slightly more invasive than other treatments, there are minimal risks of severe or adverse side effects. Recovery, while slightly longer and more restrictive than less-invasive treatments, with some preparation, can be relatively minor, and you will be able to return to your everyday life quickly.

For the first week or so after the procedure, it is important to rest as much as possible as the effects from the anesthesia wear off and you begin to regain sensations around your treated areas. Over the few weeks after that, swelling and minor discomfort will fluctuate but will subside at around the 6-week mark.

Starting your recovery with a dedicated place to rest can help your body jump on the healing process. Although exercise is not recommended, slow walking and easy movement can help the healing process and reduce swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Most patients report fully recovered and seeing the final results around 6 weeks after the procedure.

Don’t let the concern of a long or painful recovery keep you from getting rid of stubborn excess body fat and weight. Dr. Robert Buchanan and the team at the Center for Plastic Surgery in Highlands, NC, can help plan a treatment and recovery plan to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Call the office at 828-526-3783 or visit to schedule an appointment today.

Thank you for your business over the years! Dr. Buchanan is closing his practice and the Center For Plastic Surgery's last day open will be January 31, 2023.