What to expect after liposuction surgery

Following surgery, patients may experience some swelling and mild to moderate discomfort. This is usually well controlled with oral medications. Patients should rest during this time and avoid excessive exertion.  A compression garment should be worn continuously for the first 6 weeks or so after surgery.

The results from liposuction are permanent provided the patient maintains their weight. Significant risks from the procedure are uncommon and patients should be able to return to work within a few days. Normal activities can usually be commenced within a week or two of surgery.

Will I get liposuction aftercare instructions?

Yes, Dr Hanikeri will give you instructions on your recovery, and taking care of your incision. It’s common for patients to experience some discomfort and swelling, and in this case, Dr Hanikeri may prescribe medications to aid in recovery.

You will also be instructed to avoid alcohol and instead of focus on rehydrating your body, getting tons of rest and when to resume normal activity.

What are the potential risks of liposuction

All surgical procedures carry some risks. The potential risks are discussed at the initial consultation and will be outlined via your secure patient portal (TouchMD). Some risks may include:

Bleeding, infection, nerve injury or temporary numbness, poor healing and reaction to anaesthesia.

It is possible to have areas that remain under treated or on occasion over treated by liposuction.  This may result in visible dents, bulges or grooves.

In rare cases, superficial thrombophlebitis which is where veins become palpable, reddish and tender. Occasionally, irregularities or corrugations in the skin of the hips and thighs may be exacerbated on a background of cellulite.

Rarely, a collection of fluid called a seroma may result from liposuction.  This may require drainage in the rooms if significant. The skin over the area treated may have some altered sensation but this usually subsides within a few weeks.

Healing is gradual: Fluid retention and swelling following surgery may delay the appearance of a slimmer contour. Swelling usually subsides a week or so following surgery, while bruising can last much longer. The final outcome of liposuction may not be visible for several months. Factors such as weight gain, pregnancy and the ageing can affect the longevity of results.

Liposuction FAQs

What is the difference between liposculpture and liposuction?

Liposculpture is a more advanced form of liposuction. Liposuction is used to reduce fat deposits in the body to help someone lose weight.

Liposculpture is a more targeted procedure, which reshapes and sculpts the targeted part of the body to remove fat in much smaller areas like the neck and chin. It’s more likely to be done on someone who wants to drop a significant amount of weight.

Liposuction is able to remove a lot more fat, while liposculpture is more about precision and changing the appearance of particular areas.

Every type of liposuction carries some risks, as with all surgical procedures. Your surgeon will inform you of the specific risks associated with the type of liposuction you select during your consultation.


Nonetheless, liposuction is generally regarded as a safe operation, and if you adhere to your post-operative instructions, significant complications are infrequent.

The recovery period may vary from person to person, but typically, individuals can resume desk work and light activities within a week after the procedure. While some may experience swelling and discomfort for a longer period, it’s recommended to avoid any vigorous exercise for at least a month.


Strict adherence to post-operative guidelines is crucial in reducing recovery time and preventing potential complications from occurring.

As liposuction is a surgical procedure, it’s common to experience swelling, pain, and discomfort during the first few days of recovery. Most individuals report experiencing post-operative pain for around four to five days, which typically subsides quickly. Any residual discomfort can be effectively managed and is generally not a cause for concern.