Liposuction Post-Op FAQ

Q: Are there different types of liposuction? A: Some offices use different names which mean the same thing. You may hear words such as “lipoplasty” “liposuction” or “suctioning lipectomy” — they all mean the same thing.     Q: Can liposuction be used as a weight loss method? A: No, liposuction is used to get rid of isolated areas of fat which are diet and/or exercise resistant NOT for weight loss.     Q: Who is a good candidate for liposuction? A: The best candidates for liposuction are people at their normal weight who have isolated areas of fat. Firm, elastic skin allows for a better outcome. The patient’s age is not a factor, however, older patients have less skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as younger patients.     Q: How long do I need to be off of work? A: It is suggested that you take off of work for 3-5 days after surgery but continue to avoid strenuous activity for one month after surgery.     Q: When can I get back to my normal routine? A: Each San Diego Cosmetic Surgery patient differs with recovery times. Also, the recovery time will vary depending on how much liposuction was performed. Most patients are able to return to work 2-7 days after surgery depending on the areas treated.     Q: When can I start exercising? A: Dr. Pousti will assess each patient and discuss returning to their exercise regimen. We highly recommend walking within the first couple of days – this helps with the swelling, constipation, etc. Depending on the areas treated, most patients are able to resume exercise 2-4 weeks after the procedure.     Q: Anything I can do to decrease the swelling? A: Most of our San Diego Cosmetic Surgery patients find that walking helps decrease the swelling after liposuction surgery.     Q: Will the fat return to the area that was treated? A: If after liposuction surgery one does not eat healthy and exercise regularly, the fat cells that remain in the treated area will grow. The fat cells that have been removed are gone forever. Liposuction is not meant to be used as a weight loss program.     Q: Can I do multiple areas at the same time? A: Yes. Dr. Pousti will discuss what procedures may be performed at the same time while still being safe. Many patients will opt to have liposuction and breast augmentation surgery OR liposuction and tummy tuck surgery at the same time. Combination surgeries can give dramatic results.     Q: Will I be wearing any special garments after the surgery? A: Yes. When you wake up after the procedure, a garment will be on the treated areas. This compressive garment is there to assist in the healing process and to decrease the amount of swelling. Dr. Pousti will discuss the amount of time you will need to wear the garment – depending on what areas are treated.    

Life is an emotional rollercoaster; sometimes you feel up, and sometimes you feel down. This is exaggerated after any surgical procedure. We should keep the perspective that this is normal during the recovery process and that it will pass. Our office staff are here to help you get through the recovery process.

Prime Plastic Surgery consists of the top board-certified surgeons in the country providing the highest caliber of patient care. We offer cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, to help patients achieve truly life-changing results. Our surgeons are members of several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities

Discover what the Prime difference can do for you. Request a consultation online or call our practice at (858) 285-4667.

Contact Prime Plastic Surgery

Rate, Review & Explore

Social Accounts Sprite
Google map image of our location in 8851 Center Dr Ste 300 San Diego, CA

San Diego Office

8851 Center Dr
Ste 300
San Diego, CA 91942

Closed Today

Google map image of our location in 9834 Genesee Ave Ste 100 La Jolla, CA

La Jolla Office

9834 Genesee Ave
Ste 100
La Jolla, CA 92037

Closed Today

Google map image of our location in 2670 Via de La Valle Ste A210 Del Mar, CA

Del Mar Med Spa

2670 Via de La Valle
Ste A210
Del Mar, CA 92014

Open Today 11:00am - 5:00pm

Google map image of our location in 4645 Carmel Mountain Rd Ste 208 San Diego, CA

Carmel Valley Med Spa

4645 Carmel Mountain Rd
Ste 208
San Diego, CA 92130

Closed Today

What is the best time for you?

Add additional time

Which location would you prefer?

Tell us a bit about yourself...

(858) 285-4667 Send a message