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What to Expect After Your Procedure
Once the surgery is over, you’ll be taken to a recovery room, where the doctors will place a compression garment over the surgical site, allowing your skin to settle and tighten over the treatment area. If needed, you’ll also be given a drain to help with fluid buildup, which will then be removed naturally in a few days. You may even go home the same day, if you had your liposuction on an outpatient basis.
After your surgery, you’ll likely feel some minor discomfort or a mild burning sensation, and will be prescribed painkillers to help you deal with any postoperative pain. Although bruising and swelling is often present following surgery, pain is typically minimal. It's natural to experience some amount of pain and soreness in the area, which some say is quite similar to the soreness caused by working out.
Bruising and swelling usually dissipate after around a week, and most patients can go back to work and resume their regular activities within seven to 10 days of their procedure. You’ll be advised to keep the compression garment on until your surgeon tells you to remove it, and should also take care to avoid any rigorous activity during the recovery period.