Are Liposuction Results Immediate?

A blonde woman in a black one piece swimsuit walks down the beach and looks at the ocean on a sunny day Liposuction remains one of the most popular procedures in the United States. For example, in 2020, liposuction was the fourth most-popular procedure with 211,067 surgeries performed. If you’re ready to get your own liposuction procedure, you may be looking forward to seeing those final results, showing off your contoured physique in new clothes, and enjoying that lift in poise and swagger that comes with feeling great about your body!

While it is possible you may notice a very subtle difference immediately, the fact is that it takes several months for the true results to take shape. This timeline is mainly due to:

  • Swelling. Any type of cosmetic surgery causes swelling. It is part of the healing process, and it does conceal your results temporarily. The general treatment area may look puffy and bloated, but it will go down over time. You should notice some improvement after 2-3 weeks, and then a drastic difference after 2-3 months. Most people are looking at final or near-final results at 6 months, with a very minor and barely noticeable reduction in swelling for up to a year.
  • Skin retraction. Liposuction removes targeted fat cells, but it does not tighten or remove excess skin. That’s why it’s so important to have your candidacy determined by an experienced plastic surgeon who can make sure that there is enough skin elasticity present so that the skin will shrink back to the body contour once the fat is gone. This process takes time, typically between 1-3 months. The compression garment you wear will help the skin contract, so it’s important to wear it as instructed.

Our body contouring patients report that the results are well-worth the wait! Plus, these results are long-lasting when you maintain a stable body weight, so taking the time to follow all the aftercare instructions carefully will pay off in the long run when you get to enjoy your new look for the long-term.

See if Liposuction Results are Right for You

If you live in Mullica Hill or the surrounding areas and want to find out if liposuction is right for you, please call American Surgical Arts to arrange a consultation with Dr. Sean Bidic or Dr. Vinay Gundlapalli. You can reach our helpful staff at 856-362-8898.

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