After liposuction is there a rest period?
Yes, depending on the amount of liposuction done I have my patients take 2-5 days off of work and driving. I have them refrain from heavy lifting, straining or working out for 3 weeks after surgery, though it is important to walk every day to help prevent blood clots to legs or lungs.
i do Smartlipo in my office under local anesthetic. you can return to work the next day, as well as shower. you can resume exercising in 5 days. i have done hundreds of cases with no problems.
For the most part, recovery from liposuction is easily manageable. Since clothing can conceal areas that have been sculpted, most patients are back at work after just a couple of days. You will just need to wear a tight-fitting elastic compression garment during your first week to help the skin adhere. At a week to 10 days, you can remove the garment to shower, though you’ll likely have to wear it for an additional week.
In my practice, my patients are allowed to do whatever they can tolerate as long as they are wearing their compression garment. The sites addressed will feel sore and can be bruised. The garment is worn for a minimum of 3 weeks.
Every plastic surgeon’s recommendations are different. After major liposuction, I ask my patients to avoid aerobic exercise for four weeks, and to wear a support garment until the swelling resolves (typically two to six weeks). Usually, I see patients every week or two to monitor the swelling after surgery. Most of my patients return to work 3 to 10 days post surgery.
I am not exactly sure exactly what is a “rest period” after liposuction but let me answer the question the best way I can. Following liposuction there certainly is “down time” associated with recuperation as with any operation. Despite the notion that you can do liposuction under local anesthesia and that there are no limitations following the procedure I think that most patients need a bit of rest and recuperation following any surgery…including liposuction.
J. Wethe, M.D.
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