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What’s the Average Male Liposuction Recovery Time?

Whats The Average Male Liposuction Recovery Time

Male liposuction recovery time varies depending on the extent of fat removal required and whether other procedures are performed alongside liposuction. This really applies to any cosmetic surgery: The more invasive the procedure, the longer the recovery time.

Below, we’ll go over what you can expect in regards to the average liposuction recovery time following liposuction for male patients. We’ll also discuss other aspects of recovery, including common symptoms, what to avoid as you heal, and tips recommended by top plastic surgeons.

What Is the Recovery Time for Liposuction for Men?

Most patients who undergo traditional tumescent liposuction require at least one to two days of downtime before they are ready to go back to work and their daily routine.

During this time, be sure to rest and relax. Drink plenty of water, eat healthy, and generally take it easy. You will receive recovery instructions from your surgeon. Be sure to follow these instructions closely.

After about one to two weeks of recovery, a patient’s typical exercise routine can usually be resumed. Still, it’s best to reincorporate physical activity slowly. Don’t rush your body.

Swelling is one of the recovery symptoms that will linger the longest. Most patients will experience swelling for at least a few months following surgery.

Typically, all swelling will disappear after around three months. But it may take longer than this in some cases. Ultimately, you can plan on seeing your final results after about six months at the most.

Recovery After Traditional Liposuction and Additional Procedures

When patients opt to undergo an additional procedure in addition to liposuction, healing may take longer. For instance, male patients frequently undergo liposuction at the same time as gynecomastia surgery or a tummy tuck.

Gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction surgery) gets rid of excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue on the breasts. A tummy tuck excises redundant abdominal skin and can remove excess fat as well. Tummy tucks also tighten the abdominal muscles, which may have stretched and separated with weight gain or pregnancy.

Either procedure can extend recovery time for liposuction by a week or more. Naturally, patients will experience additional symptoms as well, including more soreness, swelling, bruising, and changes in sensation.

Male Liposuction Recovery: What to Expect

Recovery Time For LiposuctionAfter liposuction, patients can expect some swelling, general soreness, bruising, and changes in sensation. These symptoms will peak a few days after surgery and will slowly dissipate with time.

Pain and soreness are common after any type of plastic surgery, and this is true with male liposuction as well. Pain medication can be used to keep you more comfortable, but this is usually only needed for a short time. Patients either stop medication use or switch to an over-the-counter pain med after just a few days.

If you notice any troubling symptoms, such as excessive bleeding, extreme pain, uneven or extreme swelling, or a persistently high body temperature, be sure to contact your plastic surgeon as soon as possible.

Liposuction Recovery Tips

Follow these tips to ensure a great outcome to your liposuction recovery time, plus excellent results:

  • Ask for help. Friends and family are typically willing to assist you with errands, household tasks such as cooking and cleaning, childcare, and more. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
  • Wear your compression garment. Patients should plan to wear this garment for at least six to eight weeks following surgery. It will help with swelling and ensuring optimal results.
  • Rest and sleep. One of the best things you can do for yourself after all types of plastic surgery procedures is sleep. Get a good rest each night, and relax and recuperate during the day.
  • Take short walks when cleared by your surgeon. Walking short distances every day will improve circulation and help maintain your fitness while you recover.
  • Use topical silicone gel or silicone gel sheets to reduce the appearance of male liposuction scars.
  • Attend all plastic surgery follow up appointments with your surgeon. They will be checking to ensure proper healing of your incisions and optimal results overall.

FAQ: Liposuction Surgery for Men

Who is a good candidate for male lipo?

The best male lipo candidates are in good physical health, don’t smoke, and are at or near a healthy weight. You should have unwanted fat deposits on your body that have been resistant to diet and exercise. You should not have any medical conditions (or be undergoing any treatments) that may limit your ability to undergo surgery or heal well afterward.

What’s the average chin liposuction recovery time?

This depends on the patient, but most people can plan on returning to work after several days to one week of healing. Full results from a chin lipo procedure are typically visible after about three to four months.

How long do liposuction results last?

Once you’ve gotten rid of stubborn fat deposits with liposuction, results should last for many years. As long as patients stay at a stable body weight and maintain healthy diet and exercise, fat cells should not return or expand further.

How much is a male liposuction procedure?

Male liposuction cost is difficult to estimate without booking a consultation appointment. Contact us today to set up a consultation appointment with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Sieber.

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Liposuction Recovery TimeLiposuction surgery is the ideal solution for stubborn unwanted fat on the abdomen, chest, thighs, upper arms, and elsewhere.

If you plan on undergoing liposuction, it is imperative that you choose a board certified plastic surgeon to perform your cosmetic surgery. Despite being an extremely common surgery, liposuction procedures can still be performed poorly.

Fortunately, surgeons like Dr. David Sieber exist. As a body contouring specialist with double board certification, Dr. Sieber is highly sought-after for male liposuction surgery.

If you are interested in liposuction for men, please contact our office today to book a consultation with Dr. Sieber. We look forward to hearing from you!



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Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*


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