Liposuction Side Effects: What They Are and How to Minimize Them

At Avenue Aesthetic Surgery, we have been able to help enhance the appearance of numerous patients throughout the greater Melbourne area. One of the most popular options for achieving great results is liposuction, an aesthetic fat reduction surgery that can sculpt and contour a patient’s body, giving patients a trimmer and slimmer frame.

Liposuction is not without side effects, however. We’d like to look at some of the most common side effects of the surgery right now so that patients have a realistic view of what liposuction entails.

Are side effects common after liposuction?

Yes. Side effects are actually to be expected following any kind of procedure, even a non-surgical one. The side effects are simply a sign of your body responding to a treatment and recovering in kind. Side effects per se are not the same as complications, the latter of which are serious and require immediate attention.

Soreness and Discomfort

Soreness and discomfort are common simply given the nature of liposuction and any sort of surgical procedure. The discomfort is the most pronounced in the first days after surgery and generally fades as the patient continues to heal. The sure way to reduce the duration and severity of soreness is to get a lot of rest and to take any pain relievers as recommended by your surgeon.


Bruising is also a common issue faced by patients who undergo liposuction simply given the nature of the surgery. Most times the bruising will be most prominent in the first two weeks, with the bruising fading in general after about a month.


Numbness is another issue that some patients face after liposuction. In some cases, the numbness can last for a few months. While this may be disconcerting to some patients, these issues with numbness do occur and are normal. In general, regular sensation should return after a few months time.


Swelling after liposuction is a common side effect, and it tends to last the longest of the various liposuction side effects we’ve mentioned. The majority of swelling in the treatment area will have faded after about a month, though mild swelling can persist for several months after surgery. This is normal, and thankfully the minor swelling is not particularly pronounced.

Tips for Minimizing the Severity of Side Effects

The best way to reduce the duration and severity of side effects is to follow your pre-operative and post-operative instructions closely. By following these instructions, patients will ensure that they are in an ideal position to heal quickly and to prevent any complications from occurring.

It’s also important for patients to come in for all scheduled follow-up visits after the liposuction has been performed so that their surgeon can monitor their progress. Should patients have any concerns about discomfort or other side effects, they should contact the practice as soon as possible so that these pressing needs can be addressed in a timely manner.

Schedule a Consultation for Body Sculpting Surgery

If you would like more information about liposuction and how it can help you enhance your figure and your overall sense of self, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery centre today. The entire team here at Avenue Aesthetic Surgery looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve excellent aesthetic results.