Lipolysis – recovery, results, safety and side effects

There’s little or no downtime in a lipolysis procedure and you may quickly return to your normal activities.

However, doctors normally would advise that you take one to two days off to rest. You may also need to avoid engaging in strenuous activities for 7 to 10 days following the treatment.

Hot showers should also be avoided 10 days after the procedure. Likewise, you should not have intense massages for 4-5 weeks after laser lipolysis.

You may experience minimal pain and low levels of discomfort 24 to 48 hours after the treatment. There may also be slight bruising and swelling in the treatment area. These effects, however, will subside eventually within a few days. If you feel uncomfortable, you may apply cold compress or place an ice pack on the treated area to help reduce pain and swelling.


Results and duration of effects

Results from cryolipolysis are not immediate and it may take several weeks to months before loss of fat is noticeable. However, after a lipolysis treatment, you will notice that your skin has become tighter and has appeared younger and more toned.

Multiple treatment sessions are usually required for optimal results. The results may be noticeable after two to three treatment sessions. On the average, a patient may lose about 1 to 3 inches around a treatment area. However, the results of this procedure vary as it depends on several factors such as your body type, tissue structure and metabolism, the size of the area and severity of the condition.

The results of lipolysis are persistent unless you gain additional weight. If you gain weight, the excess fats will be distributed in the other areas of the body that were not treated during the procedure. If you want to maintain the effects of lipolysis, proper diet and regular exercise are necessary.


Lipolysis is a safe and effective way to reduce unwanted fats on the different areas of the body.

The risks associated with lipolysis are fewer compared to surgical liposuction. Following lipolysis some patients experience transient bruising, redness and swelling, which subsides quickly after the procedure.

If side effects persist for more than a week, you must immediately contact your physician and seek medical advice.


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