I had Liposuction 3 weeks ago today on my abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks, I still have very swollen back, which feels almost like a very thin pillow has been inserted into my lower back, it so much painful, it just feels like I am carrying unnecessary weight on my lower back, the swelling is very visible. One thing that is concerning is when I run my hand along my lower back it feels REALLY soft in some parts of the swelling and then hard only millimetres away? Its hard to know whats normal?
Inconsistencies in Swelling Normal After Liposuction?
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Swelling after liposuction
Swelling after liposcution
It may take several months for the swelling and firmness to settle after surgery. If you are concerned, you should speak to your surgeon.
Inconsistencies in Swelling After Liposuction
RE: "when I run my hand along my lower back it feels REALLY soft in some parts of the swelling and then hard only millimetres away". Liposuction, like ALL operations, is an injury performed in a sterile enviroment. The body reacts similarly to ALL injuries; it swells up, it becomes tender and movement and flexibility are hampered. While it is to be expected to have areas of stiffness (inflammation), feeling fluid under the skin may need to be removed by your surgeon to allow contact between the tissues and healing. I would see him and have him advise you on the best course of action.
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Swelling after Liposuction
Some swelling and areas of firmness are normal after liposuction. However, you should let your surgeon know about this since in rare cases, some fluid may form under the skin and can be removed.
Swelling can vary and it is not uncommon at only 3 weeks after liposuction. The only way to know it is not something else more serious is to be seen by your plastic surgeon.
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