Everyone heals differently, and every surgery is unique. Below is what a typical awake laser liposuction patient experiences. Obviously, smaller surgeries have quicker recoveries, and some sites of the body heal faster than others. Dr. Khalifeh will talk to you about your likely recovery at the time of your individualized consultation. Patients from out of town, click here to learn about your options.
Day one…the first few hours
Immediately after the procedure is finished, Dr. Khalifeh’s team will place a compression garment to compress the procedure site. There will be a lot of fluid leaking, most of which is the original tumescent fluid that was placed for the numbing. You will need to protect your car seat going home and your couch/bed at home with towels to catch the fluid. By allowing the fluid to leak, this will shorten the amount of time until the swelling resolves
For any discomfort, you will have typically a mild narcotic such as Lortab, although many patients do not need it. You will also take antibiotics. Your diet will be your regular diet. You will be able to move about and take care of yourself at home, although Dr. Khalifeh recommends having someone to help for the first night.
Day two…the day after
By the next day, most of the fluid will have leaked out. Your movement about the home will be easier. You may require a few pills of your pain medication. You will want to take the day off of work to help with the recovery. Dr. Khalifeh recommends leaving the garment on until 72 hours post surgery, but you can sponge bathe and wash yourself around the garment.
Most people return to work on day three. You will still be wearing your compression garment, fitted under your work clothes.
By days five-seven, you will be able to do some minor non-impact aerobic exercises such as walking, or elliptical. You will start seeing some of the results, but you will also have some swelling and bruising still at this point. You will feel almost back to normal. Dr. Khalifeh will see you for your follow-up to make sure you are healing well. Typically at this point Dr. Khalifeh will instruct you to massage the treated areas.
At this point, the garment becomes optional, and many people stop wearing it. Most people return to their usual exercise regimen. Sexual activity can also be resumed at this point. You will start appreciating and seeing your results, although there will still be swelling. The small incisions will have healed up. By this time, you have seen Dr. Khalifeh. If appropriate for your case, you will start self massage of the liposuction areas to smooth your recovery.
Your one month follow up with Dr. Khalifeh, to make sure you are continuing to heal well. The incisions have healed, but may still be a little red. Click here to see pictures of patients at the 30 day mark Day 90: Your three month follow up with Dr. Khalifeh. At 90 days, you see 90% of the results. Typically we take pictures at 90 days. There is still some minor swelling that will continue to improve over the next several months. This is an appropriate time to decide if a touch-up is needed. Click here to read about what a touch-up is.
The incisions are fading and become harder to see.