Have you been interested in learning more about liposuction, but nervous about what recovery entails?
You’re not alone. Liposuction has earned a slightly negative reputation over recent years, thanks to the manual processes involved in breaking up and removing fat. Traditionally, liposuction recovery would take several weeks, in which post-op patients would have to contend with hefty amounts of swelling and bruising.
But liposuction has changed over recent years – and now, thanks to SmartLipo, liposuction recovery is surprisingly fast.
How Does SmartLipo Work?
Before we dive into how long it takes to recover from SmartLipo, it’s important to understand just why this liposuction method has sped up recovery time.
SmartLipo (also known as laser liposuction) uses laser heat energy to liquefy fat cells in the targeted treatment area. The heat is delivered via the cannula, which is fed to the treatment area through a tiny incision. Once the fat is liquefied, it’s drained via the cannula, resulting in less catastrophic fat removal. The entire procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, thus reducing any risks normally associated with general anesthesia.
So why is this such a big deal for liposuction recovery? Simple: Since your plastic surgeon doesn’t have to manually break up fat to remove it, this significantly cuts down on blood loss, bruising, and post-op swelling. Right from the start, you have less healing to do than someone who undergoes a traditional liposuction procedure.
How Long is Recovery From Liposuction?
All in all, the recovery period from a SmartLipo procedure takes about four weeks. You don’t even need to take all that time off from work, either – most people can return to work within 2-3 days after the procedure. Keep in mind you may have to take up to one week off from work if your job involves lifting anything heavier than 20 pounds.
Take the Next Step
If you’re interested in learning more about SmartLipo and your anticipated recovery, schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Eric Ahn & Dr. Alex Liu at Awaken Aesthetics in Torrance, CA. (310) 791-2233