How Long Is Recovery After Liposuction?

One of the most common medical conditions people face in today’s world is some form of excess fat cells in the body. Whether it’s obesity or just those stubborn pockets that won’t go away even with lifestyle changes, the vast majority of people agree their lives would be more enjoyable if they achieved a more in-shape physical appearance. Here at East Bay Aesthetic Surgery in Pleasanton and Danville, CA, our liposuction treatment is the solution you’ve been searching for.

As experienced professionals in the field of cosmetic surgery, we understand that unwanted fat can be a persistent problem, even with a healthy diet and exercise routine, and that’s where we come in. The treatment is a minimally invasive procedure that removes fat from specific areas of the body, giving patients a more toned and sculpted look. The procedure also allows for contouring so that you can achieve exactly the body shape you’ve always wanted.

How Long Is the Recovery Period Following a Liposuction Appointment?

While the answer may vary depending on the patient’s response to treatment, most people feel back to normal within a time frame of two to ten days. It’s important to follow our post-operative instructions carefully to help ensure a smooth and speedy recovery, and we’ll go over the specifics of these with you during your consultation. These instructions normally include asking that you avoid overly strenuous activities such as hard workouts for a few weeks following your procedure.

You can resume your normal daily activity levels as soon as you feel comfortable doing so, as long as you continue to keep your workouts easy for about two more weeks. To help the body recover more quickly and get the blood flowing properly, we typically advise that our patients include walking in their daily activities. If your job is particularly physically demanding, it may be best to schedule yourself a week or two off before returning to work.

Why Choose Liposuction?

If you’re considering this treatment, it’s likely you’ve already tried lifestyle changes like dieting/exercising, but you haven’t been able to achieve desirable results. The treatment can help you finally get the body you’ve always dreamed of by targeting concentrated areas of your body and removing the extra fat from them. By removing excess fat, you’ll notice significant improvements in your body’s contour and overall appearance. This procedure can provide you with the confidence and self-esteem you’ve been hoping for.

Treatment Benefits

One of the most significant advantages is the ability to target and remove unwanted workout-resistant fat. Besides this and the customizable nature of undergoing treatment, there are many other benefits people love this treatment for. Some of the benefits this treatment provides our patients with include:

  • Targeted shaping and contouring
  • Can be used on many different parts of the body
  • Can enhance the results of other cosmetic treatments you’ve undergone
  • Permanent fat cell removal with no chance of regeneration
  • Can treat medical conditions such as lymphedema, gynecomastia, or lipoma
  • Enhanced confidence and better quality of life

Lipo: The Gold Standard for Fat Reduction

What Does the Procedure Entail?

You will first be given anesthesia to ensure your comfort. We offer local and generalized, depending on what areas are being treated and the size of the target area. We will then make small incisions in the problem areas and use a vacuum called a cannula that has a thin tube attached to it to suction out excess fat. The vacuum is moved in a back-and-forth motion to break up the fat cells and make them easier to remove.

We then close up the incision sites and make sure any residual fluids are drained out of the target area. Once the incisions are closed, the fluid is drained, and the area is cleaned up, we will securely wrap the site with elastics and bandages for compression purposes. These bandages will help keep swelling to a minimum and also encourage your new body shape to take form.

Who Is NOT a Candidate?

Individuals who are not ideal candidates for liposuction are those who are significantly overweight, those who have a history of blood clotting disorders or heart problems, and those who are not willing to maintain a healthy lifestyle following their treatment. If your weight frequently fluctuates, or you are planning to become pregnant in the future, it’s best to wait to receive this procedure until after your weight is stabilized and your child is born.

It is important to keep in mind that the treatment is not a weight loss solution or a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. We always make sure to emphasize the importance to our patients of maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen before they undergo treatment as well as afterward. The best candidates are those who have gotten close to their target weight but need that extra push.

What Areas of the Body Can Receive This Treatment?

The abdomen, thighs, hips, back, upper arms, and neck are the most common areas we perform this treatment for our patients. Additionally, the treatment can be used to target smaller, more concentrated areas like the knees, ankles, and chin. We often see both men and women who are looking to improve the appearance of the chest, the flanks, love handles, and the buttocks. Other less-common places to receive this procedure include the inner thighs, outer thighs, and even the calves!

What Can I Expect During My Consultation and Procedure?

It’s important to us that we provide our patients with the most comfortable and stress-free experience possible. When you meet with us, we’ll walk you through the steps of the procedure and make sure you are fully informed about the process. This is your time to think up as many questions as you can to ensure there are no surprises awaiting you at your session. During the procedure itself, you will be under anesthesia to ensure your comfort.

The procedure typically takes a few hours, it may be as little as one hour or as many as three, depending on the extent of the treatment area. After your treatment is complete, we won’t let you leave without giving you a personalized, detailed explanation of your post-treatment instructions so that you’ll know how to make the most out of your treatment.

Any Tips for After My Appointment?

Aside from the detailed post-operative guidelines we’ll be giving you, you can also familiarize yourself with generalized guidelines before your consultation with us. We feel it’s a good idea to wear compression clothing to keep everything in place and keep the swelling down. Make sure you stay mindful of your incision site and keep it clean and dry. It’s best to avoid soaking in hot tubs or hot baths for a while after your treatment.

In the first days following your procedure, it will be most important to keep yourself well-rested, amply hydrated, and manage any discomfort. We may recommend certain medications to you for this purpose.

The Types of Liposuction We Offer


The traditional-style treatment we offer is the newest and improved version of the most popular fat-eradication treatment in the cosmetic surgery market. Where before the treatment was considered a highly invasive and complicated procedure, the treatment we offer streamlines the process for minimal invasion and minimal downtimes, in addition to maximum comfort for the patient.


At our practice, we are proud to also offer the SmartLipo laser surgical procedure. It has even shorter downtimes and is even less invasive than our traditional option. This procedure uses a laser to melt fat cells which are then removed through a small incision. During the treatment, a local anesthetic is applied to the targeted area, and a small tube is inserted through the incision. The tube is capable of emitting laser beams that disrupt and dissolve fat cells.

We have found that the SmartLipo procedure is particularly effective for small areas of the body such as the chin, arms, and knees. What’s neat about this treatment is that it offers the added benefit of stimulating an uptick in collagen production within the skin. This makes SmartLipo a top choice for those who are dealing with loose skin in addition to excess fat cells.

Transform Your Body With the Precision of Lipo

If you’re considering liposuction to enhance your body contour, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us at East Bay Aesthetic Surgery in Pleasanton and Danville, CA. We understand that undergoing surgical procedures can be a big decision, which is why we educate our patients about their options and answer any questions they may have. We believe that everyone deserves to feel confident and comfortable in their own skin, and we’re here to help make that a reality.

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