Unsurprisingly, the single question most often asked by patients wishing to undergo a cosmetic procedure is, “How long will it take to recover?” This makes sense, given the fact that most of us lead busy lives.
Your doctor will strive to minimize the appearance of scarring, but with body contouring procedures, it’s very important that you follow your aftercare instructions carefully. Strict patient compliance will ensure the fastest scar fading and quickest recovery times in general. Aftercare may include massaging the scar tissue and applying creams or other topical agents. Sutures for body procedures are generally removed within the first week along with any drains that may be in place to excise fluids.
In many cases, the doctor will recommend a compression garment, which should be worn around the clock. This aids in healing and encourages your torso to maintain its new, improved shape.
Most patients are able to return to work within the first week after liposuction, however recovery it may take 2-4 weeks after abdominoplasty. We have learned that each patient is different and that recovery times vary widely.