Liposuction Side Effects Are Minor and Will Typically Fade Quickly By Anya Kishinevsky, M.D. on September 14, 2017

Woman’s figure after liposuctionIf you want to enjoy a slimmer, sleeker body, liposuction can be a great way to do away with unwanted deposits of fat. During this procedure at her Fairfield, CT, practice, Dr. Kishinevsky will suction out accumulated fat cells that do not respond to diet and exercise. She will do so through very small incisions, using a gentle method that will leave the surrounding areas largely unaffected. Thus, your treatment will typically result in very mild side effects that will fade within a few days.

In the meantime, we will provide guidance to keep these side effects to a minimum. Most importantly, with our attention to detail and unfailing adherence to safety standards, serious risks are rare.

Short-term Liposuction Side Effects

Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure. Nevertheless, some side effects are unavoidable, though they are typically quite mild. In fact, most patients are pleasantly surprised at the ease of their recovery. We will provide any necessary medications and instructions to make your recovery even smoother. (If you combine liposuction with another body contouring procedure, such as abdominoplasty, you will have additional side effects, but the results will also be more dramatic.)

Sensitivity and Soreness
Liposuction does require small incisions and tissue removal. Consequently, it is likely that you will experience some minor sensitivity. To reduce discomfort, get plenty of rest and avoid putting pressure on the treatment area. In most cases, you can return to work in just a day or two. You will need to avoid strenuous physical exercise for a bit longer. Dr. Kishinevsky can also provide any necessary medications to ease inflammation. Compression bandages will further reduce this effect and also improve your cosmetic results.


After liposuction, fluid will accumulate in the treatment area. This is a natural part of the healing process, but it can increase your discomfort and embarrassment. Dr. Kishinevsky will often place surgical drains to eliminate fluids. It is important that you clean and change the drains as instructed to prevent infection. Fortunately, they will usually come out in just a few days.


Bruises are also common after liposuction. However, with Dr. Kishinevsky’s very gentle and precise techniques, she can minimize tissue trauma. In turn, this will reduce the size and severity of bruising. This side effect may persist for up to a month. Related tenderness will often subside long before this time.

More Serious Liposuction Risks

The effects listed above are relatively common for all patients to a greater or lesser degree. At the same time, serious risks are rare. Nonetheless, as with all medical procedures, they are possible. Risks may include

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Allergic reaction (particularly to anesthesia or other medications)
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Scarring
  • Numbness
  • Unusual skin pigmentation
  • Blood clots
  • Loose or rippled skin

These side effects are virtually non-existent when you visit an experienced practitioner. Dr. Kishinevsky will carefully determine your candidacy by evaluating your medical history. She will also execute your procedure with remarkable precision. For your safety, it is vital that you keep your follow-up appointments. That way, Dr. Kishinvesky can provide appropriate care right away if she does notice anything unusual.

Contact Us for More Information

Learn more about the potential side effects of liposuction and find out how Dr. Kishinevsky can minimize your risks. Contact our office online today to book your consultation.

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Anya Kishinevsky, M.D.

Anya Kishinevsky, M.D.

Board-certified surgeon Anya Kishinevsky believes in a completely personalized approach to plastic and reconstructive surgery. She holds several distinctions, has repeatedly been featured on Connecticut Magazine's list of Top Docs, and is a member of the:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Women's Medical Association

Learn for yourself why so many patients choose Dr. Kishinevsky for their care. Schedule a consultation at our Norwalk, CT, office online or call (203) 388-9919.

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