How Long Can I Expect My Liposuction Results Last?
When diet and exercise fail to eliminate pesky bulges, liposuction is an excellent body contouring option to achieve the look you desire. This fat removal treatment can help women and men target several areas, like the thighs, hips, abdomen, flanks, under the chin area, and more. However, the long-term liposuction results that patients can achieve must be maintained by living a healthy lifestyle and staying active.
If you have questions about this body contouring treatment or would like to schedule a liposuction consultation, contact one of our knowledgeable team members at Omar Ahmed, M.D. today. In the meantime, read on to learn more from Pasadena, CA board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Omar Ahmed, about what not to do afterward and what you can do to maintain your fantastic fat removal results.
How long does it take to recover after liposuction treatment?
After this fat removal procedure, you will experience mild bruising, swelling, and redness. Dr. Ahmed will prescribe a pain medication to help ease any mild discomfort. Depending on the target area's size and location, you may feel comfortable enough to return to work in about 1 – 2 weeks but should continue to take it easy. Every patient will be provided a compression garment to help promote the healing process, proper blood circulation and minimize swelling. Most patients will wear their compression garments for about 4 – 6 weeks, or as advised by Dr. Ahmed.
What not to do after liposuction?
While you won't see your full liposuction results right away, visible swelling will begin to dissipate each week. It is normal to feel and look heavier for a short while during the healing process. While liposuction can remove up to 10 pounds of stubborn fatty tissue, normal post-operative swelling and fluid retention may cause you to look bloated in the target area. Don't panic! Follow Dr. Ahmed's after-care instructions, get plenty of rest, and stay hydrated. Avoid pushing yourself too soon which can increase the risk of complications. Other activities to forgo until cleared by Dr. Ahmed are:
- Strenuous activities or exercises
- Swimming in hot tubs, saunas, lakes, or the ocean until fully healed
- Smoking or tobacco use
How long will my liposuction results last?
Depending on how much fat is removed, it can take 1 – 3 months to see the results. Post-operative swelling is normal after liposuction and can last for several weeks, but the fat cells extracted are immediately gone. However, Pasadena, CA patients need to be realistic about their liposuction results and realize that new fat cells will form and usually go to different areas of the body if they gain the weight back. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure to remove unwanted fat. You will want to maintain your ideal body weight and live a healthy lifestyle to enjoy long-term results.
Liposuction in Pasadena, CA, and start loving how your body looks
Individuals are turning to liposuction to slim down their bodies and redefine certain areas to remove pesky spots of stubborn fat. Liposuction is an excellent cosmetic option to reduce those troublesome areas when all other efforts have been exhausted. It is also an intricate procedure that takes a creative touch to extract the correct amount of excess fat to provide smooth, incredible liposuction results. When performed by a skilled, experienced plastic surgeon, liposuction can transform the way you look.
At Omar Ahmed, M.D. in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Omar Ahmed is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who personalizes each liposuction procedure to go above and beyond his patient's expectations. To find out more or book a consultation, contact our state-of-the-art practice today.