How Long Does Recovery Take?
When liposuction is an outpatient procedure, people usually recover quickly. Most people can return to work within a few days and get back to normal activities within two weeks.
You should expect bruising, swelling, and soreness for at least a few weeks. Your surgeon may require you to wear a compressive garment for one to two months after surgery to control swelling.
However, every person is different. Your doctor will discuss what results you can expect to achieve and how to best maintain your new body shape.
Are the Results Permanent?
The fat cells are removed permanently during liposuction. If you gain weight after the procedure, it usually will not concentrate in the area that was treated.
However, it is important to note that liposuction will not prevent you from gaining weight. To keep your new shape and new weight after liposuction, you must follow a proper diet and exercise plan.
What Are the Risks of Liposuction?
All surgery has some risk. Liposuction has a good safety record and its risks are minimized when done by a specially trained, board-certified plastic surgeon.
Although rare, risks include infection and skin discoloration. The risk of medical problems can be minimized by avoiding extremely long procedures or excessive fat removal.
Is Liposuction Covered By Health Insurance?
Because it is a cosmetic procedure, liposuction is not covered by most health insurance plans. Talk to your health insurance company and your surgeon about the costs and payment options.