Am I Dealing with Vaser Lipo Swelling or Left over Fat?

I'm a 31 yo male, 6'0", 180 lbs. Two weeks ago, I had vaser on my lovehandles. The doctor went in through the center of my lower back. I have noticed that I still have what looks like a lot of mass where my love handles are and that I can actually grab flesh there, though less than before. I was expecting to finally have a waist, after this surgery, but it's a modest improvement and I still have a spare tire. I'm hoping that the lack of a change in appearance can possibly be swelling. Opinions?

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At 2 weeks post-op after Vaser lipo, you still have (lots of) swelling!

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I'm sorry no one answered your question when it was asked 4 months ago, but by now you should be seeing that indeed you have a much-improved appearance compared to the 2-week post-op appearance!

I tell my Vaser (and regular) liposuction patients that after surgery you see an immediate improvement in appearance--although it is about half of what they would anticipate as a final result at 4-6 months post-op. This also assumes that the patient does not gain ANY weight during the first 6-12 months post-op. Though the fat that is removed is permanently removed, the fat that remains (not ALL of the fat is removed, nor should it be--this causes a huge deformity of dimples, ridges, and skin-graft-like adherence) can be fed.

Swelling gradually goes down over the first 6 weeks post-op, and lymphatic swelling diminishes over several months, during which scar tissue also softens, and flattens. Compression is critical for the first few weeks, but is not necessary longer term.


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