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What is the recovery like for tumescent liposuction?

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Dr. David Levens
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Easy

Tumescent liposuction is probably the most common denominator for all types of liposuction and simply involves infusion of a dilute mixture of fluid with local anesthetic and Epinephrine to the area to be treated to the point of "tumescing" or distending the tissues to allow more smooth removal with less discomfort, less bleeding and while providing some fluid replacement.

In brief: Easy

Tumescent liposuction is probably the most common denominator for all types of liposuction and simply involves infusion of a dilute mixture of fluid with local anesthetic and Epinephrine to the area to be treated to the point of "tumescing" or distending the tissues to allow more smooth removal with less discomfort, less bleeding and while providing some fluid replacement.
Dr. David Levens
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Dr. Suman Das
When done properly with proper post op insruction it is very good.You will have little more swelling in first few days and then the swelling will start going down.Usually pain is not a problem.Tight,well fitting garment a must.
Dr. Mark Johnson
Discomfort can depend on the patient. I disagree with those who say liposuction is not uncomfortable. A realistic expectation is that the first 2-3 days you are going to be sore (it is a surgery) and then for the next 2-3 weeks you are going to be sore like working out too hard, due to the inflammatory phase of healing. These is no technique that can avoid this inflammatory stage
Dr. Humberto Palladino
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Lipo recovery

Depends on the extent of the procedure but usually 3-5 days should be enough to return to light activities.
By a month you should be back in your normal routine.

In brief: Lipo recovery

Depends on the extent of the procedure but usually 3-5 days should be enough to return to light activities.
By a month you should be back in your normal routine.
Dr. Humberto Palladino
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Dr. Michael Macri
I do a very gentle for of tumescent liposuction my patients return to normal activities with 2 days. by one months time you should be back at full exercise pre procedure
Dr. John Di Saia
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Usually rapid

Liposuction is a low recovery procedure for most patients.
This adds to it popularity. Most people are back to light activity almost immediately and heavier activity within a week or two.

In brief: Usually rapid

Liposuction is a low recovery procedure for most patients.
This adds to it popularity. Most people are back to light activity almost immediately and heavier activity within a week or two.
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Dr. Anthony Nikko
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Prepare your body

Preparing your body prior to the procedure will enhance optimal healing.
If you follow the proper guidelines, liposuction requires minimal recovery and patients resume activities within a few days. You can expect swelling, bruising, liquid retention, skin sensitivity, tightness and discomfort after liposuction. Symptoms diminish with proper nutrition, hydration, stretching and exercise guidelines.

In brief: Prepare your body

Preparing your body prior to the procedure will enhance optimal healing.
If you follow the proper guidelines, liposuction requires minimal recovery and patients resume activities within a few days. You can expect swelling, bruising, liquid retention, skin sensitivity, tightness and discomfort after liposuction. Symptoms diminish with proper nutrition, hydration, stretching and exercise guidelines.
Dr. Anthony Nikko
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Varies.

Recovery after any type of surgical procedure will vary from one patient to another. Generally speaking, liposuction surgery is a relatively well tolerated procedure with ( for most patients) rapid return to work and activities.

In brief: Varies.

Recovery after any type of surgical procedure will vary from one patient to another. Generally speaking, liposuction surgery is a relatively well tolerated procedure with ( for most patients) rapid return to work and activities.
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Dr. Frederick Coville
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: It can vary

Recovery from liposuction varies according to the area that is suctioned, the amount of fat removed, how many areas are suctioned and what you mean by recovery.
For example, someone who works with the public and undergoes liposuction of the neck, might want to take more time away from work before showing themselves to the public. Most routine liposuction patients can resume work within a week.

In brief: It can vary

Recovery from liposuction varies according to the area that is suctioned, the amount of fat removed, how many areas are suctioned and what you mean by recovery.
For example, someone who works with the public and undergoes liposuction of the neck, might want to take more time away from work before showing themselves to the public. Most routine liposuction patients can resume work within a week.
Dr. Frederick Coville
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