Recovery after liposuction depends on your overall health, how many areas of liposuction you had done, the locations of liposuction, and the amount of fat that was removed. In general, you should expect to take about 3-10 days after your liposuction procedure to recover. But, the length of recovery varies and is based on each individual.
Common sense dictates that the younger and healthier you are, the quicker your recovery will be. There are also post-liposuction instructions your plastic surgeon will go over with you, which will help speed up your recovery. This includes drinking plenty of fluids, wearing your compression garments, and walking around after your surgery.
The more areas of liposuction you have, the longer your recovery will be. Most patients choose to have several areas done at the same time. It is possible to do your arms, upper body, and lower body all at once. You will be more sore if you have more areas of liposuction done, and you may need more time off of work to fully recover.
Certain areas of the body are more painful than others after liposuction. The areas of the body with the most movement, especially the core areas of the body, will have more soreness and pain compared to parts of the body that do not move as much, such as the hip areas. The more you use your body parts that had liposuction, the more sore you will be as well.
The more fat removed with liposuction may cause more soreness as well. More fat removal may result in more soreness, bruising, and stiffness after surgery.