1. How long after tumescent liposuction before I can resume normal activities?
Recovery time depends on the patient and the amount of liposuction that was performed. Most patients can return to desk jobs within two days of tumescent liposuction. Recovery time after tumescent liposuction is relatively quick so there are no strict limitations on physical activity, but patients should follow common sense and be aware of how their bodies are responding. Some patients can return to light aerobic exercise within 1-2 days of surgery. Other patients may experience more soreness or tenderness following liposuction.
2. How long before I can get out of bed and begin walking?
A patient should not be confined to bed after liposuction. Most liposuction surgeons recommend that the patient walk around the evening following surgery to prevent blood clots from forming in the legs or lungs.
3. How long before I can go back to work?
Most patients can return to desk jobs within two days of tumescent liposuction. They may be sore and unable to move as fast as normal, but they should be able to perform most tasks at their desks as normal.
The amount of time a patient may need to stay out of work also depends on how much liposuction was performed. If a patient was treated in one or two areas, they typically can return to work in one to two days. If four areas are treated in one day, a patient may need a week of recovery at home before returning to work. That is why it is recommended that large amounts of liposuction be divided among multiple surgeries separated by 3 to 4 months. With each surgery, the recovery time will be shorter.
4. How long until I can exercise?
All liposuction patients should be able to walk around within a day or two of surgery. Not doing so increases the risk of blood clots in the legs and lungs.
Within a few days of surgery, most patients can resume light exercise and gradually increase the intensity back to the usual level as the body permits. Patients should start slow and work their way back to the pre-surgery exercise routine.
5. How long before I can fly in an airplane?
Patients should avoid prolonged sitting for many weeks after surgery. Prolonged immobility can increase the risk of blood clots in the legs and lungs. however, many patients can fly 48 hours after surgery. Dr. Amron can give specific instructions regarding air travel.