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Recovery After Liposuction

Tips to Improve Your Healing


Updated August 05, 2012

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Liposuction, also known as suction-assisted lipectomy or lipoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure to remove excess fat from the body through suction action. Because liposuction does not involve extensive incisions, some people may minimize the fact that liposuction is indeed real surgery. But like any other procedure, liposuction has a recovery period.

During this recovery period, it will be important to know how to care for your incisions, how to care for your body parts that were liposuctioned, which activities (sex, exercise, showering, etc.) you can do and when you can resume them, and how to handle your pain after liposuction. Optimizing your healing during recovery will help you get the best possible result.

Here is some helpful information:

Recovery After Other Plastic Surgery Procedures


American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Liposuction Recovery. Accessed May 22, 2011.

Gingrass MK. Liposuction. In Thorne CHM, Beasely RW, Aston SJ, Bartlett SP, Gurtner GC, Spear S, eds. Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery, 6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 2007.

Hunstad JP. Liposuction of the Hips and Thighs. In Evans GRD, ed. Operative Plastic Surgery. New York: McGraw Hill, 2000.

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