What can I expect after the liposuction/body contouring procedure?
Patients usually experience very little down time after the liposuction procedure. They are encouraged to get up and walk the night of the surgery to help prevent deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots in the legs. Movement also speeds recovery. Most patients can return to work or their normal routines within two to four days. A light workout routine can be resumed in about two weeks. The initial soreness and discomfort is usually no more than that felt after vigorous exercise and, if needed, is easily controlled with oral pain medication in the first few days.
After surgery, patients are placed in a compression garment covering the sculpted areas. This compression garment decreases swelling and maintains the new contour. After a week or so an elastic garment (spandex or lycra) should be worn for about two weeks to continue and maintain the reshaping process. The final sculpting results improve over several months.