How Long After Liposuction Can You Work Out?

Liposuction, often called simply lipo, is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes fat from the body in an attempt to change its shape. Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures for both men and women. Treatment areas include the abdomen, thighs, buttocks and backs of the arms.  

Following liposuction in Gainesville , you will want to maintain your results with proper diet and exercise, but it’s important that you don’t rush physical activity. The timeline below will give you some guidance on when it is safe to work out after your procedure.

2-3 Days Following Liposuction: During this period, patients typically experience moderate pain and discomfort which can be managed through pain medication. Most patients will need to wear compression garments which may limit their mobility. Patients are encouraged to rest and limit unnecessary physical activity.

1-2 Weeks Following Liposuction: Pain and discomfort may continue to persist, but eases with time. Most patients will be able to return to work if they refrain from any form of strenuous activity. Compression garments will continue to be used and incisions and fluid drainage should be regularly monitored.

2-5 Weeks Following Liposuction: Pain should be fully subsided and results will start to become visible. However treated areas may still exhibit some swelling and bruising. All incisions should be fully healed. Most patients can begin light to moderate exercise after week 3, however high impact exercises should continue to be avoided.

6 Weeks Following Surgery: Most post-liposuction swelling and bruising should be resolved, enabling the patient to see the results of their procedure. Compression garments are no longer required, and all forms of physical activities can be resumed.

Liposuction is generally used to change the body’s shape. If not maintained through diet and exercise, weight loss from liposuction will have a short-term effect. If you’re interested in liposuction at David W. Allison, MD, contact us today at 703-754-8228 or website