Although liposuction doesn't require an overnight stay in hospital, it's still a relatively major cosmetic treatment. Initial recovery will be at least a week, during which time you will be required to rest at home. Indeed, many patients are recommended to take two to three weeks off work to allow the body to recover sufficiently.

You may experience swelling and bruising for up to five weeks following liposculpture. In terms of pain, discomfort should slowly subside during this initial recovery period. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least four weeks.

Full recovery from lipoplasty will take six months. Deep bruising can take at least this long to disappear. In some cases, patients have reported ares of numbness twelve months after receiving treatment.

The important thing to remember is that it takes the body a long time to recover from trauma, and adjust to major changes in its make-up. Failure to respect this fact will increase the likelihood of complications arising, and the development on undesirable side effects.

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