Typical Liposuction Recovery Timelines
Initial recovery varies based on whether local or general anesthesia was used. General anesthesia is employed in cases where a lot of areas are being treated or there is a large volume of fat to remove. These cases also take longer to recover from.
Smaller cases involving smaller amounts of fat or areas treated are usually done in the office using a sedative and local anesthetic for numbing. Patients who undergo general anesthesia will usually experience more grogginess the day of and the day after their liposuction procedure. Day two, as the healing process begins, is often the most uncomfortable.
A compression garment is worn after liposuction procedures to help reduce swelling and post-operative discomfort. The garment is inconspicuous and comfortably worn under clothing. It is important to avoid excessive sodium consumption to limit swelling after surgery.
After liposuction, Los Angeles-area patients usually head back to work in three to seven days, depending on the case, and can resume moderate physical activity after several weeks to their comfort level. Recovery time is often quite minimal with SMART Lipo when used in smaller areas, with patients often able to return to basic minimal activity within 24 to 48 hours.
It’s important to talk to Dr. Yamini or Dr. Svehlak about your case and how long you’ll likely need for recovery before you are back in action.