When fat tissue is suctioned from under the skin, it leaves small tunnels and empty pockets that need time to heal. You will need to wear a compressive dressing or girdle to help this process to minimize bruising or swelling, to provide a degree of support for loose skin and to even out any irregularities.
The girdle is normally worn continuously for one to two weeks, and then as much as possible for the a further two weeks.
Generally areas treated with liposculpture are tender to pressure but there is usually little pain. Although there may be a feeling of stiffness when moving about, this discomfort usually subsides after a few days.
Bruising usually starts to settle after a week and has faded by two weeks. However, it can take four to five weeks for all the bruising to disappear. Swelling resolves more slowly, with the final result becoming apparent only after three to six months.
In the more extensive or complex cases of body contouring by liposculpture, a second stage, fine-tuning procedure will enhance the results. It is best to put off this decision for at least six months, while you are getting back to an active lifestyle and your optimal body weight.