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How Long Before the Skin Looks Smooth After Liposuction?

i had a tummy tuck and liposuction done 3 weeks ago, but my skin on the area that had lipo done looks lumpy.

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Skin over liposuction sites


The area of treatment by liposuction may feel firm or lumpy for several months. The best thing to do is massage the areas. Sometimes this is just swelling.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction takes four to six months for maturation of effects


Don't rush into secondary procedures as there often is significant improvement in the results after liposuction for four to six months.  If something is troubling you, endermologie, Velashape or external ultrasound may help.  Compression garments should be worn for a while more, possibly.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologist
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You won't see your final result from liposuction until 4 months out from surgery.  If you were lumpy before, you might still be after but if you weren't before, you should smooth out over time and by massaging the area.

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