Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS
Megan J. Goff, PA-C
Rachel M. Duke, NP, CANS
Short Pump Office
11934 W Broad Street, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23233
804-464-3801

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What Can I Expect After Liposuction?

2Following liposuction, a spandex-like compression garment will be placed to help diminish any temporary swelling and/or bruising that may occur in the targeted treatment area. This garment – which can generally be concealed underneath clothing – should be worn for about three weeks to help support skin and tissues in the newly contoured region. Any potential pain or discomfort experienced can typically be reduced or even alleviated with medication, and care should be taken to avoid putting too much stress on incisions throughout the healing process.

Dr. Neil Zemmel generally encourages patients to get up to walk around when they feel comfortable enough to do so, and most can expect to be able to return to non-strenuous jobs and/or daily routines after approximately one week. Light exercise can often be resumed after about two weeks, though vigorous aerobics and strenuous activities may need to be avoided for a longer period of time.

As swelling subsides, results should become gradually more noticeable, with final outcomes typically being apparent after approximately three months. While the significant buildup of fat may not initially occur where liposuction was performed, the recurrence of fat accumulations is possible if a substantial amount of weight is eventually gained. To minimize this effect, Dr. Zemmel stresses the importance of maintaining an ideal weight following the procedure.

Ultimately, recovery and results from liposuction will be different for every person, depending on their unique needs and desires. For a more personalized outline of what you may be able to expect following your procedure, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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