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Recuperation After Liposuction

Jeff Weinzweig, MD

Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who offers advice and information on all aspects of this specialty.

Dear Dr. Jeff,

What is the recuperation period for liposuction for a 50-year-old woman who is in relatively good shape and who exercises frequently? How long should the process take for liposuction of the stomach region, hips, and flanks?

Thank you.

Feeling Fat


Dear Feeling Fat,

The recuperation period following liposuction varies based on age, sex, extent of the procedure, pre-op condition, medical history, etc., but will certainly be shorter and better tolerated by the patient who is in good shape, exercises frequently, and approaches the procedure with realistic expectations.  


Based on the details you provided, you will likely need to wear a compression garment for 4-6 weeks following the procedure but may be able to participate in most activities within 2 weeks.  Based on the fact that you're in relatively good shape, you will probably not require extensive liposuction; thus, bruising, swelling, and tenderness will likely not be a major issue post-operatively.  I suspect this procedure may be just what you need to be "feeling fit."

Thanks for your question! 

Dr. Jeff


Please note that unless you are actually my patient, in which case I have seen you at The Chicago Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, then I am technically not your doctor. These posts and responses to inquiries are provided for educational and entertainment purposes but cannot apply to any individual patient who has not been directly evaluated by myself or another board-certified plastic surgeon.  

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