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What to expect after liposuction

The article below will discuss liposuction results, what to expect after liposuction, and a few factors to consider before moving forward with a cosmetic procedure. Liposuction isn’t without risk and you should carefully evaluate your decision with a qualified physician who specializes in body contouring. Fortunately, new technology allows for a safer experience with a quicker recovery compared to traditional liposuction, so be sure to research and choose a facility that has a staff of dedicated liposuction surgeons who are dedicated to using advanced techniques and technology for a superior experience.

Symptoms After Lipo

With new, less-invasive techniques, you can expect to have minimal swelling and you will even begin to see your lipo results the very next day after your procedure. In the first few days after treatment, you should try to get as much rest as possible, although you can resume light to moderate activities. Most patients can treat soreness with over-the-counter pain medication; however, your surgeon may offer other options, if necessary. It is normal to experience moderate swelling and bruising after liposuction and in some cases this may last up to several weeks.

Lipo Does Not Achieve Weight Loss Results

Results are individual and vary from person to person. Although most people who have had a liposuction procedure are extremely satisfied with their results, liposuction is not without risk. Before a person considers having treatment, he or she should have realistic expectations and not consider liposuction as a replacement for weight loss.

Excessive Fat Removal is Long Term

This treatment removes fat cells in unwanted areas to reshape and contour the body. It can help you achieve a figure that your genetics didn’t allow for. However, you shouldn’t expect to lose a significant number of pounds or inches right away. Although liposuction offers long term results, weight gain may diminish the look of your new curves. After treatment, you should continue to eat healthy and exercise on a regular basis to maintain your desired results.

Follow Up with Your Lipo Surgeon

It is recommended to have a follow up visit the day after your procedure and again within 4 to 6 weeks, to evaluate your liposuction results and answer any additional questions you may have. Although you will see a slimmer body shape immediately, results will continue to improve daily and optimal results may be seen several months after liposuction. When planning a vacation, you should allow 4 to 6 weeks after liposuction to be swimsuit ready. It is also encouraged to wait at least six months before considering a touch-up on an area or if you would like more liposuction done on any additional area.

Exercising Can Resume Shortly

In general, patients return to approximately 25% of their regular exercise routine a week after their procedure and increase intensity and duration over time. Patients are typically back to work within a few days to a couple weeks, simply depending on how much work they are having done. As everyone is unique, it’s important to listen to your body and follow the exercise recommendations as directed by your plastic surgeon.

Book a Consultation at Athenix

At Athenix, Micro-Body Contouring uses both the latest liposuction technology to deliver beautiful results with less downtime. Read more about our advanced body sculpting techniques to learn how Micro Body Contouring offers a safer treatment with less recovery time and superior aesthetic results. Our staff of trained plastic surgeons constantly train themselves to maintain their skills. Allow us to show you more about our lipo advancements and achieve the body you have always desired.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 Your safety is our top priority.

To our valued patients,

I hope that you and your families have stayed healthy and well during this difficult time. We want to thank all of the essential workers that provided us with critical services during this period and also to all of you that remained at home preventing the further spread of the virus.

As we re-open our facilities our priority remains the safety and well being of our patients and staff. To that end, we have implemented a number of important safety measures at all of our facilities.

  1. All patients, staff, and caregivers will be screened via a questionnaire and temperature for Covid-19 symptoms at the front entrance.
  2. Only those individuals that pass the screening will be allowed into the facility.
  3. Patients can only bring 1 other person with them to the appointment.
  4. All patients (and caregivers) need to wear a mask while in the facility. Please bring a cloth or other mask with you to the appointment.
  5. Physical distancing will be in effect in the office waiting room and throughout the office.
  6. Once the physical distance capacity has been reached in the waiting room, patients will be asked to wait in their vehicles and will be called to come in at their appointment time.
  7. All surfaces in the office will be cleaned and disinfected at least on an hourly basis.
  8. All patient rooms will be cleaned and disinfected after each patient use.
  9. Caregivers waiting for patients after surgery will be asked to not wait in the facility.
  10. All staff will be wearing PPE in accordance with CDC guidelines.

We understand that these continue to be uncertain and difficult times however we remain committed to your health, well being, safety, and ensuring you the best outcome possible.

All Athenix locations are now open. However, as we continue to practice physical distancing, we are still available for virtual consultations at any of our locations. You can reach us by calling 888-276-1535 or email [email protected] to get scheduled.

We thank you for your continued support and trust in Athenix and look forward to seeing you soon.


Gavin M. Dry, M.D. Chief Medical Officer