Patients who undergo tumescent liposuction can expect swelling and discomfort following this procedure. In an effort to decrease swelling, most surgeons utilize compression garments in the post- operative period. Although each patient should be considered individually, we generally recommend three to four weeks of compression following liposuction.
Compression minimizes swelling and decreases post-operative pain. It helps to remodel the soft tissue by collapsing tunnels created by the liposuction cannula during the procedure. Compression contributes significantly to the contour improvement seen with this procedure.
Swelling and water retention following tumescent liposuction can be reduced with compression massage, exercise and low salt diets. These maneuvers ultimately improve the post-operative experience by minimizing swelling and discomfort following this procedure.