Is There a Significant Amount of Downtime After Liposuction?

In the past decade the cosmetic industry has been flooded with a range of laser-assisted lipo technologies, promising similar results to traditional lipo, but with a shorter recovery time. People like the idea of being able to resume regular activities soon after a lipo procedure. But is there really a significant amount of downtime after liposuction?


Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that uses suction to remove excess fat beneath the skin. It is a very effective way to tone and sculpt the body, as it gets rid of localized fat deposits that are unresponsive to diet and exercise.

These medications, which include local anesthetic, help to minimize blood loss during surgery, and reduce post-op pain and recovery time.

Is Downtime After Lipo Significant?

Most patients are able to return to work within 7-14 days of lipo treatment. This may vary based on the number of the areas treated.

The duration of the downtime is also influenced by the severity of the symptoms. There is generally some swelling, pain, soreness, lumpiness, and drainage. The drainage is usually mild, and pain medication is prescribed to alleviate any discomfort. The swelling generally lasts the longest, but is usually worse only during the first 2 weeks, which is the length of the typical downtime. It takes about 4-6 weeks for the swelling tofully resolve.

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