Hello, I am 3 days post-op. I had liposuction on my lower abdomen to remove my persistent "muffin top." My PS removed 200 cc's of fat from that area. I feel pretty great. I don't have any bruising, just tenderness and swelling and I'm OK with that. I know it will be several months before it subsides. But one side effect I did not anticipate was to get bloated throughout the rest of my body right after surgery. My legs and arms look like tree trunks, even my face looks puffy. Is this normal?
Can Areas Not Treated with Lipo Swell Too?
Doctor Answers (4)
Areas not treated with lipo swell?
This is unusual and I would meet with your plastic surgeon to determine what if anything should be done.
Legs and Arms Like Tree Trunks after Liposuction
An exam would be warranted in any case that a patient had massive swelling. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
Swelling after liposuction
This is not usual after such a small liposuction. If you were my patient, I would want to hear from you at once and see you promptly. You should call your plastic surgeon.
You should know -
- how much intravenous fluid were you given?
- how much tumescent fluid was injected?
If you had more than 1200 ccs of fluid total, you have extra fluid in your system.
Your surgeon should check you to find out why you are retaining the fluid and how to get rid of it. Thanks for the question. Best wishes.
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