How Long Does It Take To See Results After Liposuction?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I had liposuction done in my abdomen, lower back, inner and outer thighs and knees six weeks ago. I was told that just over two liters was removed. The day after surgery I definitely felt smaller. But now, six weeks later, I feel that What Can You Do To Get Your Ex Girlfriend Back I am back right where I started. I see no changes and I don’t look any different in the mirror nor do my clothes feel any looser. I know that swelling takes a long time to go away and I may still be swollen but when am I going to see changes in my body? Could this be fat coming back so soon?
A: There is always going to be some considerable swelling after liposuction but the usual course of swelling resolution is as follows. Within the first day or two after surgery when the garments are taken off to shower, it is a very encouraging sign when patients say it is already better. If not does not look smaller already, that is not a bad sign for the long-term result but I would prefer to hear it is already looking better. Swelling will then set in and much of the initial improvement can be seen to ‘disappear’. By three weeks after liposuction, one should be in the visible benefits phase where the improvement is clearly evident. By six weeks after surgery, much of the improvement in the body contours is even better even though further improvement can continue up to three months after surgery.
How much improvement any liposuction patient will see after surgery is largely volume dependent. How much fat has been removed will determine how visible the changes will ultimately be. While I don’t know what you looked like to start with and how much fat you had, removing two liters of fat aspirate from all those body areas seems like a small amount. While the final verdict awaits six more weeks, I would question if you had enough removed to really make a noticeable change. Whay we do know is that it is definitely not fat coming back at this point.
Dr. Barry Eppley