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Have you experienced skin adherence from liposuction?

  • FaithandHope11
  • California, CA
  • 6 months ago

I went in surgery on Aug 24, 2013 for liposuction. My surgeon lipo'd areas I never gave consent to (seems to happen quite often but no surgeon ever admits to it) because of this I now have problem areas (refer to my review). It is January 28, 2014 I am 5 months post op and I still have excruciating pain mostly where my skin has adhered to my muscle. Why don't surgeons warn us about skin to muscle adherence when liposuction often results in this complication quite often, its very painful and skin to muscle adherence constricts mobility? Besides the skin adherence, these are the complications I still live with: ongoing numbnessongoing problems with swelling (mainly on my right leg)ongoing burning/pulling sensationlumpy, bumpy, hard and fibrous fatexcessive amount of scar tissuehypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation disturbing areas of loose skinunsightly dents stretchmarks due to ripping/adhered skinmajor (negative) body contour changes - my waist, looks like this | | rather than this ) ( loss of feminine curveslarge incision holeslong-lasting and chronic paindisturbing regrowth of fat in weird places feelings of anger, depression, and despair over being violatedfeelings of betrayal by my surgeon Raul Gongora loss of confidenceloss of social life and strained relationships due to surgeryFeelings of betrayal to learn that liposuction is linked to disease processes, proven in studiesDid your surgeon warn you about skin adherence / skin grafting at all? Til this day I have no idea what my consent form read because the form was literally taken away from my hands shortly after they pressured me into signing immediately. Did they pressure you? I have attached an image of the zones of adherence. Women talk about "doing their research" before liposuction, but there are things like skin adherence and disease processes that are not talked about. Did you know that there are areas where your surgeon is not supposed to insert a cannula? My surgeon failed to abide by the zones of adherence. I have 2 incisions on my lateral thigh that are marked in red in the zones of adherence chart. Do you have any incisions that have adhered to your underlying tissue?

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Hello Faithandhope11, I just received an email update to your liposuction review. As you mentioned, the comment box is blocked, so I can't respond to you on your review. I want you to know that I am still here supporting you though! I have learned from you, and I admire your courage. I agree that it would be a good thing to open your review for comments of ongoing support, and if others feel like their inbox is blowing up, they can simply delete the comments without reading them. I had started a discussion last year entitled, "How Do You Do Research Before Deciding on the Procedures?" A few women who were truly curious about understanding the biology of fat, (and the long- term health and cosmetic effects of liposuction), joined me in a lively, informative discussion. The conversation provided a forum that helped me to learn some significant things about cosmetic surgery, until a woman who was defensive about her liposuction joined in. I can certainly understand how upsetting it would be to just have had liposuction and then to find out that perhaps the community of plastic and cosmetic surgeons are not being fully transparent. That might feel like a huge betrayal, and create some real concern for the future. It seems to me, however, that if women are sharing their findings, it might serve to round out the understanding for others who are still in the consideration process. I personally don't understand why doctors are focusing on surgery being an art, when it is in fact science that governs the biology of the body. In any case, the educational discussion I had begun was "closed to future comments" citing that it "wasn't in the spirit of real self". But since several of us were having an informative, online discussion about scientific studies, and it was a place to ask frank, direct questions, I'm wondering why an informative discussion would be shut down due to someone who cantankerously inserted herself into the discussion? I asked the woman frank questions about her surgery, because this was the purpose of the discussion which she joined. In order to understand liposuction and other procedures, (as I stated was my intention), specific details must be discussed. Well, all this to say that I am still here supporting you, and also that it seems a shame to me that informative discussions are being shut down.
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I agree with you ChaCha~ FaithandHope had provided people with a space to learn about this procedure. The best thing you said I think is this: doctors are focusing on surgery being an art, when it is in fact science that governs the biology of the body. It's too bad about the seemingly arbitrary enforcement of RS guidelines.
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Ha ha. Thank you, Sundogcoyote, for pulling the important part of my message out of the long ramble that I posted!
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Thank you for this very illustrative post. I am very sorry this has happened to you and many others I have heard from. This is not what happened to me; however I have other issues associated with liposuction that have been life changing. I wish that people would stop believing the hype around the procedure and the doctors would be held accountable to those who are suffering like yourself.
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Please share with us the issues you have now. I couldn't agree more, but people believe the hype because... after all, they hold the 'credentials' right. Any surgeon who says liposuction is SAFE is downright deceitful and misleading to me.
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My issues~ well about 1 year (or less) after the procedure I noticed that my clothes weren't fitting. My arms and breasts got so much bigger. I was a very slender person and muscular (except for you know that "stubborn pocket of fat" which was my belly fat due to being unable to workout from an injury. I was a 'perfect candidate' though). Now my breasts are a size *D* or *DD* (depending on the other part, 34, or 36). I never ever had to wear a bra before, and didn't. Now I am badly uncomfortable with a bra and without one. Empty rolls of skin have formed on my upper abdomen (under my breasts), the sides of my breast, and my belly. My shape is an odd "bell shape" that just hangs over my jeans. I have to wear a belt or else my pants would fall down. Because I have no natural shape. That empty skin is like 'flab' which is not the same as fat. It's flabby skin. I feel that in order to 'repair' this terrible damage I will have to get a TT and breast lift. Imagine that~ a "minor", "simple", "safe"procedure has led to this. I think about it every day because it has destroyed what was once a nice figure (except for what I thought was oh-so-terrible minor belly fat). And has caused me to have a constant discomfort in my body. The areas that were lipoed are painful. And the pain has gotten worse over time. When I went to my doc (whom I had seen as a PC for over 20 years) complaining about the way my stomach now had a large crease below my navel, he said first: have you gained weight?(no) and then: everyone has creases, it's how skin can bend, like in your hand. I looked at my hand trying to compare it to my belly and thought: what? My stomach has a crease across the whole area, large rolls (that hurt when I am sitting or bending over), I have a blobby shape now. It gets worse with time. I am afraid to be with someone in an intimate way because of it. Basically the entire large part of my body is uncomfortable constantly. Plus pain on the sites. Pretty much ruined my self perception and self esteem.
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Great points! I wonder how many doctors explain clearly to prospective patients that their skin might be grafted onto their body after liposuction, and that there are no guarantees? I am aware of many women suffering in terrible chronic pain (and limited mobility) because of having fat sucked out in what was supposed to be a minimally invasive contouring procedure. Also, nerves can permanently become entrapped in scar tissue as a result of liposuction. Add to that the disease processes, eventual fat regrowth, fat embolism, fluid imbalance... the list goes on...
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I do not think ANY doctors/surgeons explain this AT ALL. I have read many of those stories too, they have been disabled by this procedure and I feel the same is for me. I researched about scar tissue and you stand correct, indeed, that is what happens as a result of liposuction. I do want to say that after posting a link about the dangers of painful scar tissue after liposuction; that link is broken now. I find it odd, that every website that does speak the truth about liposuction is removed. Even negative reviews who obviously are proven to be truthful by the pictures they share, have been removed. So much cover up, if you ask me.
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I'm sorry this happened to you. I too am suffering from many of the same issues and feelings post liposuction. I'm 5 months out and still have pain and soreness in my hip and flank area where I complained that too much fat was removed. An area was also done without my consent. I cry everyday I am so sad by the unattractive results and I feel taken advantage of by my surgeon who initially recommended 9 areas for liposuction and ended up doing 8 areas (including the unconsented area) when I was only 145 pounds to begin with. I asked my ps to tell me about complications during my consultation, he stated curtly "they rarely happen." no discussion about it. This is major surgery not a sales pitch. These doctors need to be less greedy and more honest. They need to connect with their human side and ask themselves whether the patient is going to actually like the results rather than throw as many procedures in as possible to make more money. They need to spend adequate time with their patients during the consultations. They need to understand that the patients are going to be living with permanent changes to their bodies and be a little more conscientious and thorough before making these permanent changes. The ones who are injuring people or providing bad or dishonest service need to be removed from the surgical field and boycotted by future patients. It seems all the laws are to protect them rather than the patients. I hope those who have been injured through liposuction will post on this thread so that we can see examples of how often this happens.
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Our surgery dates sound very close, I am 6 months post op now and dealing with the same complications. And I do want to add to the list that I am having new complications, such as, a burning flow (stream) from my hip (incision) down to my groin area, also a wheezing noise when I move from side to side, its as if maybe something has adhered from my insides. I will have to find a way to explain it. My stomach is now getting lumpier and its starting to look like horrible cellulite, WHICH I NEVER HAD before liposuction, my skin was very smooth and beautiful. It is beyond terrifying to look at myself in the mirror, when I used to love all these body parts before, now my surgeon/liposuction procedure has ruined me. I have read many women's stories from 5, 10, 15, 30 year out and they are so right, this gets worse. I read on someones blog that their is honeymoon period for liposuction, which usually lasts 6mths-1 year, and after that, everything starts going downhill. I can say this is so true on my behalf, I say it gets worse as time goes by, but I actually never experienced the "happy honeymoon period" because I have never had relief of this nightmare/pain. The women who are too busy enjoying their "new" body only find out 5 years later that their shape is different or that their is irregularities and submit themselves to more lipo. People need to understand, liposuction is temporary and rather harmful to one's health. For me, it is much harder to deal with this because I did not ask for any of this. Sure, I went in for liposuction blindly because I was told it is the most SAFE procedure out there, but I also did not consent to the areas where I am having the most complications with. I have since then, understood the severity of harm that liposuction causes to the body and how irreparable this surgery really is. I was able to save my breasts somewhat and I wish that liposuction was reparable. I am beyond devastated like you and cry all the time out of anger, pain and desperation for answers. I am still looking for a good doctor (if their is one) that can validate the way my body feels on the inside, and say YES YOU HAVE BEEN HARMED instead of validating it and saying BUT you have to wait, I mean how much more waiting do I have to do? I do notice that all these surgeons/doctors say to wait a year most likely because they know the statue of limitation is up in 1 year to sue. I need a doctor who actually listens, not one that tells me how I should feel about it, or how I need to spend my time "enjoying life" I mean really, how much worse does it get than that, enjoy life? That is a slap in the face, its like saying "let me diminish everything this patient has just told me and make her believe she is blowing things out of proportion." Completely unethical if you ask me. If these doctors say they are supposed to feel detached from their patients than why even tell me how I should feel, are you a therapist now? Aren't you a doctor? Aren't you suppose to tell me what you learned in medical school and give me a clear diagnosis of what is going on inside my body? I mean, I think I have found out myself what is going on with me with endless research, all the scientific studies have proved to be right. But, of course I can't diagnose myself since I am not in the medical field and hold certifications that really do not mean anything. I am quoting a doctor on TV, I wish I could remember his name, he said, "we are as clueless as you are when it comes to the human body, we often have to go back to our medical books and try to find out the problem, we also use WEBMD to look up symptoms, we really have no clue sometimes." So, I dunno, its hard to say if I will ever find a good doctor. And you are completely right, this is major surgery not a sales pitch, these surgeons know their way in and out of these surgeries. All of the ones who have been harmed, often talk about the harm with liposuction, but people don't understand that its beyond that, they don't know about the financial stress, strained relationships, the mourning of our health, body, sex, and life. Please add to the list I am sure their is a plethora of other issues. I do not know of a single human being who would be OK living like this. "Life is for enjoyment, not for endless suffering."
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