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Liposuction with Fat Transfer Recovery Time

I am interested in possibly getting lipo on my lower abdomen and flanks and transferring it to my buttocks. However, I work full-time as a nanny which requires lifting a baby often throughout the day. I was wondering what the normal recovery time looks like and how much time I would truly need before returning. I have already looked into a tummy tuck and the projected recovery time is a month.

katienunie Berkeley Heights, NJ
5 days ago

Category: Liposuction

Steven Wallach, MD New York, NY
4 days ago


I perform liposuction and Brazilian butt lifts all the time. My patients usually can go back to work within a week however they really should not be sitting on their buttocks for 2 to 3 weeks minimum

Daniel Schmid, MD Morristown, NJ
4 days ago

Liposuction with fat transfer to the buttocks is very popular and I have done this often. Most patients can go back to work in about a week. Lifting is usually not an issue but sitting for more than 5 min should be avoided for 3 weeks.

Larry Weinstein, MD Chester, NJ
4 days ago


Liposuction and fat transfer are one of the most common procedures performed by plastic surgeons. Liposuction alone after surgery feels like you may have played tackle football with some ruffians. It takes a few days for younger patients to recover and a few weeks for older patients to recover. If you exercise regularly my experience is you recover much quicker. Good luck.

Katerina Gallus, MD San Diego, CA
4 days ago


Katie, thank you for your question. I advise my patients who have undergone liposuction and fat transfer that they can go back to work within a few days to a week. You will need to wear compression garments for 4-6 weeks but should be able to work as a nanny after those first few days. Expect to be sore for a couple of weeks. As others have mentioned you should not be sitting on your buttocks for at least 3 weeks. I have my patients use a 'booty buddy' that sits under their thighs for when they are sitting. Good luck!


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