For many liposuction patients, most of the associated bruising and swelling should subside within the first three weeks. Your improved body contour will be apparent immediately, but your final shape will take six to eight weeks to be fully appreciated. This period is needed for the swelling to completely subside and for your skin to gradually contract over the liposuctioned area. The more fat removed, the longer it takes to achieve optimal results because the skin has to adapt to a more radical change in shape. Liposuction will not alter skin quality or muscle tone. Furthermore, liposuction is not a substitute for regular exercise and eating a balanced diet.
Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of your body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately enhancing your self-image. Aside from the visual effects of removing excess, unwanted fat, most liposuction patients find that their clothes tend to fit better. In fact, some liposuction patients find that shedding extra fat results in more pleasurable physical exercise, thus providing an incentive to exercise.
Following liposuction, it is important to maintain your weight and contour with exercise and proper diet. Because fat cells are long-lastingly removed by liposuction, future weight gain will not occur in the treated areas. This does not guarantee that patients won’t gain weight or fat deposits in other areas of the body. Also, since the aging process directly affects the firmness and elasticity of the skin, older patients may not achieve the same results as younger patients.