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How Long is Recovery from Liposuction?

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How Long is Recovery from Liposuction?

Whether used to combat significant weight problems or remove stubborn fat from a problematic area, liposuction is one of the most popular procedures in Newport Beach and beyond. Dr. Tenley Lawton completes a large number of lipo procedures every single month, helping patients like you rediscover their confidence, mobility, and beautiful bodies. Before undergoing the treatment, though, you will be equipped with an array of questions, not least in relation to the side effects, downtime, and recovery. When completed in a safe and professional manner, the full benefits of the procedure will be seen in a surprisingly quick time.

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*Individual Results May Vary

About Liposuction 

Liposuction is a procedure that removes fatty deposits from the body to promote a thinner physique and restore a more contoured body shape. Dr. Lawton can complete the treatment in a single session, and it is the fastest way to remove fat and regain the body you deserve.

The procedure itself is completed with a small and inconspicuous incision is made before a tiny hollow tube is inserted into the target area. By using a back and forth motion, Dr. Lawton will dislodge the fat cells from your body before sucking them away using a specialized medical vacuum.


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Liposuction Recovery 

Before your treatment, Dr. Lawton will provide full details of how you should prepare for the liposuction procedure, which can help speed up the recovery process and deliver the greatest levels of comfort throughout. 

Liposuction is normally an outpatients procedure, meaning you can return home on the same day to begin your recovery. While the results are technically seen right away (as the fat cells are gone forever), the body does need time to recuperate as it is likely that some blood cells and tissues will be sucked away with the fat cells. Expect to see swelling in the first few weeks.

There is some fluctuation in recovery time from person to person, as well as the anatomical location (abdomen, thighs, buttocks, etc.) of the treatment. As a general rule of thumb, the body needs two weeks to repair itself. Patients can anticipate the following stages:

  • Days 1-3: You can expect moderate pain and discomfort around the surgical site, which can be treated with medications and general pain relief. A compression garment will be wrapped around the treatment area too.
  • Days 3-7: The pain should start to fade during this time, although it’s important to keep movements to a minimum and avoid any strenuous work. 
  • Days 8-14: The soreness levels should fall further during weeks 1 to 2, and you may be in a position to remove any bandages. Any side effects, such as redness should start to fade too. Most people can return to work after the first week.

After this, you should see a continued reduction in pain, which also enables you to restore movements and begin to lead a normal life once more. Most patients can lead a fairly normal life, except for heavy physical activity, after two weeks. By the five-week mark, the discomfort should be gone completely, although Dr. Lawton can provide support if you have any concerns.

Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?

If you are unhappy with your overall size, or cannot seem to get rid of stubborn fat from a certain anatomical location, liposuction is a great solution to achieve the body of your dreams and can be coupled with a tummy tuck to get the dream look. However, prime candidates should meet basic health requirements while being no more than 20% over their ideal weight. 

Crucially, anybody undergoing liposuction procedures should be prepared to follow the treatment with healthy lifestyle changes to maintain the results. Dr. Lawton is a board-certified surgeon who can provide further insight into this aspect during your consultation.


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about liposuction? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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