Liposuction is a surgical procedure that permanently removes fat in localized areas. If you have a “problem area”, and you’re able to pinch the external fat, then liposuction should be able to remove that fat problem. You will heal fairly quickly right after surgery, and all swelling should be gone about 6-12 months after your procedure.

Immediately after your liposuction procedure, you’ll be swollen. You will probably be in a post-surgery compression garment, and when you remove it and look at yourself in the mirror, you’ll probably feel that you look improved, but not a huge amount. This is normal, and you should notice that your swelling goes away rapidly within the first 7-14 days after your procedure.

In the moderate term after your procedure, the body areas of liposuction will continue to improve dramatically. Liposuction does not remove that much weight, but it does remove mainly fat in very isolated areas, so your overall figure will appear more aesthetically pleasing. Your tummy will be flatter, your thighs will be slimmer, your butt will hang less, and you will also notice that your skin will continue to firm up and tighten within the first couple of weeks after your procedure.

Long-term, liposuction swelling takes about 6-12 months to fully go away. By this point, assuming you have maintained your diet and exercise, you will have a more shapely figure, and you should not feel abnormal or different in any way- your body will become used to having less fat to drag around.

Post-surgery care, including use of a garment, massage, anti-inflammatories, and weight maintenance are key in getting the best long-term results possible. Other article on liposuction in my blog are listed below. If you have any comments, please feel free to leave them below.

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