The exact time frame will depend on your particular surgery and the area you wish to treat. Treatment for larger areas, such as the back or abdomen, will typically take longer than treatment for smaller areas. In general, however, liposuction will take between one and four hours to complete.


It varies from case to case. Surgeons may not be able to eliminate all of the adverse effects of your past surgery. In many cases, however, they can greatly improve your appearance and self-confidence, even if they cannot fully restore your pre-liposuction figure

No. As a candidate for liposuction, you should be at or near your ideal weight, and you should simply want to enhance your figure and gain a more evenly contoured body. Liposuction is intended to remove isolated pockets of fat that do not respond to dedicated diet and exercise. During this treatment, the doctor should not remove more than 10 pounds or 5 liters of fat. Excess fat removal can result in fluid imbalance and serious complications.

After liposuction, most doctors will require you to wear a compression garment or bandage over the treatment area. This garment will reduce post-surgical bleeding, minimize discomfort, and speed your recovery time. During open-drainage tumescent liposuction, your surgeon will leave the incisions open. Following this type of treatment, the garment will help the anesthetic fluid to leave your body more quickly. Following closed-drainage liposuction, in which the doctor will use sutures to close the incisions, the compression garment encourages your body to absorb the fluid more quickly for faster healing.


It depends on your doctor's personal preferences. In some cases, you may need to wear it for up to six weeks.

Yes and no. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells, but it does not prevent future weight gain. However, if you do gain weight in the future, the fat cells will likely accumulate in a different area. Therefore, if you receive liposuction on your abdomen, you could retain a smaller waist for years to come, even if you gain weight on your arms, hips, or other areas.


Yes, liposuction will leave scars, but they will be very small. Additionally, the doctor will carefully place any necessary incisions so that they are hidden in the natural contours of your body. Most patients are not troubled by these virtually undetectable scars.

Smoking inhibits the flow of oxygen through the body and impairs recovery. In some cases, it can lead to serious complications. Most doctors recommend that you do not smoke for at least two weeks after liposuction.

Recovery time differs for each patient, but in general, you can return to work two to four days after your liposuction treatment. The exact time will depend on the area you had treated and your body's natural healing process. If you have an extremely physical job, you may need to take more time off; doctors recommend that patients wait at least three weeks after liposuction before engaging in aerobic exercise.

If you have a significant amount of loose skin around your midsection, or if pregnancy, weight loss, and/or age has weakened your abdominal muscles, you may want to consider a tummy tuck. However, if you have healthy skin that adheres to the natural contours of your body, you are probably a better candidate for liposuction.

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