Liposuction Recovery

One of the most common and least invasive treatments used to achieve more toned and youthful body contours is liposuction.

Getting older, fluctuating weight, and having children all have an impact on the body.

Diet and exercise can improve the health and shape of the body, but cannot fix every significantly noticeable imperfection.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a small cannula to target and remove specific, localized areas of fat in the body, thereby achieving a slimmer body contour.

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Isolated areas of stubborn fat in the arms, back, thighs, neck, hips, inner knees, breasts, chin, calves, buttocks, ankles, and waist can be removed using liposuction.

While exercise is essential to maintaining health, it cannot always create the contours our patients desire.

For instance, stubborn fat deposits may decrease with exercise but will never disappear completely without surgical intervention.

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Because every patient is unique in every way, Melbourne Specialist Plastic Surgeon Mr Richard Maxwell  will customise a treatment plan to your individual needs and goals.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is the removal of fat deposits beneath the skin through the use of a cannula.

During the liposuction procedure, small incisions are made in the treatment areas.

A cannula is then inserted through the small incisions, and fat is suctioned out.

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There are many liposuction techniques performed today, including tumescent liposuction, ultrasonic assisted liposuction (UAL), and power assisted liposuction (PAL), with each liposuction technique having its own advantages and disadvantages.

Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Patients who are of normal weight and in good health with stubborn fat deposits are good candidates for liposuction.

As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important to have realistic expectations.

Patients who are obese or are in poor health are not good candidates for liposuction. Liposuction cannot replace proper diet and exercise and should not be treated as such.



In order to fully maximize results and transform your body, other procedures such as tummy tuck surgery, breast augmentation, and body lift surgery may be combined with liposuction.

Liposuction Recovery

Because liposuction is considered a minimally invasive procedure, however, it is still a serious surgery as ALL surgery is serious and caries risks.  So tends to involve less recovery time than some other surgical procedures partially because the incisions are relatively small (cannula size). However, being minimally invasive does NOT mean you won’t have any surgical downtime.

You will need approximately a week to two to four weeks before resuming normal daily activities, and even longer before resuming heavy lifting. Mr Maxwell will give you specific advice for recovery and downtime, as every patient – and surgery – is different.

Recovery from Lipo Surgery

The recovery from liposuction is often relatively shorter in duration compared to an extended tummy tuck, Belt Lipectomy or a Fleur De Lys Abdominoplasty, but that does NOT mean it’s a matter of days. It’s typically still a 1 to 2 week process for the very uncomfortable stages, and you may not feel fully healed from surgery for a matter of several weeks or even several months.

For patients who consult with Mr Maxwell for liposuction, in his Melbourne Clinic, liposuction as a sole procedure is typically performed as an outpatient basis. However, when combined with other procedures or if extensive liposuction is taking place, then a hospital stay is likely required for 1 to 2 nights on average.

If liposuction is performed in conjunction with other treatments, such as tummy tuck or facelift surgery, hospitalization for one or two nights is typically required.

Overview of Post-Op Liposuction Surgery Recovery Period

  • The majority of patients undergoing liposuction are able to gently move around a bit as soon as the Anesthesia has worn off.
  • After the liposuction procedure is complete, compression garments or bandages are applied to the treated areas of the body.
  • These compression garments are vital to the success of your liposuction procedure.
  • Bruising and swelling are the most common side-effects of liposuction.
  • While bruising will disappear within one to two weeks, swelling may persist for a month or more.

Pain, discomfort, and tenderness as a result of liposuction can be treated with medication and is usually minimal. Many of our patients find the recovery phase after liposuction to be quite easy. We recommend patients refrain from strenuous activities for the first month after their liposuction procedure. The majority of our patients are able to return to work within a few days of the procedure. Patients are strongly encouraged to follow after-care instructions diligently to ensure proper healing and optimal results.

Schedule a Consultation Today

To learn more about liposuction, please  contact Victoria plastic surgeon Richard Maxwell  today.

Last updated: January 19, 2021
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Dr Richard Maxwell MBBS FRACS(Plas)
Mr. Richard Maxwell graduated in medicine from Monash University in Melbourne in 1981. He trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Alfred Hospital, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit in Melbourne. He completed his training in 1989, gaining the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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