The hardest thing from a patient perspective about liposuction is that it is not an immediate gratification procedure. Despite the small incision, there is an extensive amount of surgery under the skin happening which results in your body creating swelling. This varies with the extent of the procedure. It usuallyl takes about 2 weeks to get back to your preoperative weight. 4 weeks to start to see changes and 3-4 months to achieve your results. Occasionally I may prescribe a mild diuretic to help speed this process up, but usually the body takes care of it. Compression definitely helps. Remember also that your result depends not only on what your surgeon did but you embracing the necessary diet and lifestyle changes.
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