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Recovery After Liposuction: Will My Body Be Beach Ready By Summer?

Recovery After Liposuction: Will My Body Be Beach Ready By Summer?

Liposuction is an increasingly common cosmetic surgical procedure aimed at removing unwanted fat from specifically targeted areas of the body such as arms, legs, hips, back, and abdomen. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells so fat will never return to the treatment area. It is meant to smooth, refine, and reshape your silhouette and create or restore natural-looking curves. This procedure is safe and effective and provides dramatic and lasting body contouring results with a reasonably brief recovery period. Even though recovery can be brief, if you're considering liposuction, some of the questions you may be asking are:

  • How long will it take to heal from the procedure?
  • When will I see results?
  • Will my body be "beach ready" by summer?

How Long Does It Take To Recover After Liposuction?

The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors, including the extent of the liposuction procedure, the patient's overall health, and their commitment to following their post-operative recovery plan. Every patient’s healing journey is unique.

What to Expect During Liposuction Recovery

After the liposuction procedure, you need to take some time to rest and recover. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for the treatment area and what to do to ensure a smooth recovery. You may experience some pain, swelling, and bruising in the days and weeks following the procedure. You may also need to wear compression garments to help reduce swelling and promote healing.

In the first few days after your liposuction, it is essential to avoid any strenuous activity or exercise. Your plastic surgeon will let you know when it is safe to resume your regular activities, but you should expect to take some time off work and limit your physical activity for several weeks.

Your recovery will vary depending on the extent of the procedure and the number of treatment areas. If you had liposuction on a small area, such as your chin, your recovery time may be shorter than if you had liposuction on your abdomen or thighs.

Factors That Affect Your Recovery Time

Several factors can impact your recovery time after liposuction. These include:

  • Your age: Older patients may take longer to recover than younger patients.
  • Your overall health: If you have underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, it may take longer for your body to heal.
  • The extent of the procedure: If you had liposuction on several areas of your body or a large area, your recovery time may be longer than if you had liposuction on a small area.
  • Your commitment to your post-operative recovery plan: Following your plastic surgeon's instructions for post-operative care is essential to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.

Will You Be Beach Ready By Summer?

The answer to this question depends on several factors, including the extent of your liposuction procedure and your recovery time. If you are planning to have liposuction done in the spring and want to be beach ready by summer, it is essential to plan ahead and give yourself enough time to recover fully. In general, it can take several weeks to several months for the swelling and bruising to subside completely, and for the full results of the procedure to be visible. Therefore, if you want to be beach ready by summer, schedule your liposuction procedure well in advance.

Proper preparation before liposuction will also help you achieve the most ideal results.
For more information read, How To Prepare For Your Liposuction Procedure.


To Be Beach Ready, Consider Liposuction Now

Liposuction can be an effective way to remove excess fat and achieve a more toned and contoured appearance. However, recovery after the procedure is crucial, and it is essential to follow your plastic surgeon's instructions carefully to ensure a successful outcome. If you are planning to have liposuction done and want to be beach ready by summer, make sure to plan ahead and give yourself enough time to recover fully. By doing so, you can achieve the best possible results and enjoy your summer confidently. To explore your options for liposuction, book your complimentary consultation with Dr. Ladak.

Dr. Adil Ladak is a board-certified and top surgeon in Edmonton, Alberta, and is highly skilled in cosmetic plastic surgery and other non-surgical rejuvenating cosmetic procedures. Dr. Ladak is a fully qualified Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons and his team is committed to providing patients with the facts and education to make the most informed decisions about their appearance and health. To explore all of your options to help you feel and look your best, visit Alberta Plastic Surgery in Edmonton by booking your complimentary consultation. Call us at (780) 407-6691 or fill out the form below.


Q: How long does it take to recover after liposuction?
A: Most people feel well enough to return to work and regular activities 5-7 days after liposuction. Your plastic surgeon may advise you to avoid exercise and strenuous activities for about 4-6 weeks. By 3 months after surgery, most swelling should have subsided and you should be able to see the final results of your liposuction treatment. If you are considering liposuction or any other body contouring procedure, book a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ladak to discuss your options and the outcomes you hope to achieve from surgery.

Q: Does liposuction treatment require a general anaesthetic?
A: In the majority of cases, liposuction is best performed under general anaesthetic.

Q: Does liposuction remove cellulite?
A: No. Cellulite is a skin condition that causes lumpy, dimpled flesh most commonly in the thighs, hips, and buttocks. Liposuction does not remove cellulite, but liposuction treatment can be combined with other laser and ultrasound treatments to improve the appearance of the skin.

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