Lewis Plastic Surgery: Gordon Lewis, MD
2331-A Robious Station Circle
Midlothian, VA 23113
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I’m Considering Liposuction. What Do I Need To Know About Recovery Time & More?

Would you like a gorgeous body by summer? You might want to consider liposuction. This body contouring procedure reshapes and refines your body, yielding a stunningly sculpted shape. If you’re thinking about liposuction, keep reading for answers to common questions about the procedure. Then call and schedule your consultation with Dr. Lewis.

What Is the Typical Liposuction Recovery Time?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure and, as such, it does require a bit of downtime after treatment. Your recovery instructions and time line will vary greatly depending on the areas treated and the extent of your treatment. Most patients return to work in about 3 to 7 days. Results are immediately visible and continue to improve as swelling decreases. Most of the swelling is gone six weeks post-surgery.

Learn more about liposuction recovery from The Aesthetic Society.

Can Liposuction Help Me Lose Weight?

Despite a common misperception, liposuction isn’t a weight loss treatment. It is a body contouring procedure. Liposuction is ideal for patients close to their ideal weight but looking to remove stubborn, unwanted fat from localized areas. If you want to drop weight all over the body, a weight loss program is likely a better fit.

Even if liposuction can’t help you lose weight directly, it may make it easier and more enjoyable to stick to a fitness routine. We talk more about a tummy tuck’s motivating effects in our related blog post.

What Areas Can Liposuction Treat?

Liposuction can shape and sculpt any area of the body, including:

  • Abdomen
  • Neck
  • Under the Chin
  • Ankles
  • Face
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Lower Back
  • Arms
  • Buttocks

Liposuction is also key to reshaping the body through fat transfer procedures like a Brazilian butt lift. After unwanted fat is removed from one area (such as the thighs or belly), it is purified and injected into other areas that need additional fullness, such as the buttocks, face, or breasts.

CoolSculpting® vs. Liposuction: How Do They Compare?

Liposuction is a very effective option for removing unwanted fat and shaping the body. This procedure allows Dr. Lewis to shape and sculpt a specific area, often creating gorgeous results. We know surgery isn’t for everyone, however, and we do offer a nonsurgical body contouring treatment called CoolSculpting. This treatment uses cold to freeze and destroy fat cells. It is completely nonsurgical and requires no downtime after treatment. Ask us which option will best meet your needs.

Discover your best body. Ask us about liposuction today! You can request a consultation using our online form or call us at (804) 267-6009.

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