Liposuction Recovery

Our Liposuction is virtually painless. Because Dr. Wright uses very small instruments called micro cannulas, the incisions involved in this procedure are tiny and heal rapidly. However, for the first postoperative day there may well be some discomfort which might over-the-counter pain medicine. Soreness or aching may persist for several days. A person can usually return to work within a day and to all normal activity about a week. Read on for more information about liposuction recovery at our St. Louis liposuction center.

A firsthand look at what liposuction recovery often may look like.
Actual patient – Individual results may vary


Some of these discomforts include mild burning or tingling sensation at the site of the surgery for up to a month. Patients should be prepared for swelling of the tissues below the site of the operation for up to 6-8 weeks after surgery. Special elastic garments will help reduce this and help to achieve the desired final results.

Tumescent Technique and Liposuction Recovery

The Tumescent Technique for liposuction has eliminated the common problem of surgical bleeding associated with older techniques. It uses a dilute solution of lidocaine for local anesthesia and dilute epinephrine to shrink capillaries.

Postoperative swelling begins to go down after a week. Postoperative bruising will go away in 10-14 days. It may take three to six months for the final contour to be reached, with no further discomfort.

A male patient who thanks to our liposuction procedures lost a significant amount of bodily weight.
Actual patient – Individual results may vary

A patient two months after liposuction on abdomen and flanks

Patients will need to wear support garments for a number of weeks (6 or 8 weeks, generally) depending on the area treated. Support garments can be removed for bathing 24 hours after surgery for optimal liposuction recovery shape.

Contact the St. Louis Liposuction Center for More Information

Trust us – when you undergo surgery and need to know how long does it take to recover from liposuction, you need an expert. Fortunately, Dr. Wright is an expert in liposuction recovery, and has all the information you need and more! Call us today to schedule your liposuction consultation and to learn more about liposuction recovery in St. Louis today!