I Am 6 Months Post Op from Lipo on my Thighs Inner and Outer , Flanks, Abdomen. I still do not see any results. My stomach bulges out and kind folds over . My thighs are so lumpy. Two big lumps on each thigh the size of a half a dollar. My thins feel hard under the skin. I weight exactly the same prior to lipo. And no im not over eating. If anything I'm eating better Now. I am so concerned because I don't see any results' people tell me I may be swollen, but why till 6months. And still look the same. Is there hope?
6 Months Post-op Lipo. No Results. Any Hope?
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Liposuction - No Results at 6 Months
Hi Naka in los angeles,
In a word - no. I tell my patients that they can expect 85% of the result by 4-6 weeks, 95% by 3 months, and 100% by 6 months. If you really don't see any difference at this stage I would suggest that you go back to your own plastic surgeon, explain what you're feeling and seeing, and discuss it with him or her. There may be some photos that show at least some improvement, despite what you sense is the result (it's normal and quite common to forget, to a degree, what you looked like before).
If there's no change you can consider a secondary or revisional procedure to try to take out more. Not anyone's first choice, but you may still be able to get the result you wanted. Which will hopefully be the case.
I hope that this helps and good luck,
Revisional Surgery after Liposuction
Your should see some improvement at 6 months after liposuction. However, your description of having some residual "lumpy" areas, may suggest that your body is still reacting to the surgery. Liposuction is more of a contouring procedure, and rarely produces much weight loss. I would definitely follow up with your surgeon and see what your doctor thinks. Revisional surgery may be necessary, but it may be wise to wait another 3-6 months to allow your body to completely settle down, before you decide what is best for you. Your primary surgeon will do what's best, and will minimize additional costs, should revisional surgery be needed. Best wishes.
Michael Vincent, MD, FACS
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Details of the operation are important on providing advice
Without knowng more details such as your weight, the technique used, the amount of fat removed, it is nearly impossible to provide you with advice.
By 6 months you should see contour improvements. I wouldn't expect scale or clothing size decreases, liposuction is not meant for weight loss, it is so you look better in existing clothing. If you want better results, weight loss certainly would improve the situation. Mild firmness or scar tissue in the treated areas generally improves over time. Liposuction does not tighten overlying skin, if you have abdominal bulging, a history of weight fluctuation or pregnancy, a tummy tuck may be the best option to improve your contours.
Not much more improvement greater than six months after liposuction
The amount of improvement you still might see more than six months after liposuction is minimal if any. See your surgeon to consider a secondary procedure. How much fat was removed from each area? Were you not an ideal candidate to begin with? Do you need an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)? Can some focal areas of bulging be improved with further liposuction? These are the questions that the surgeon will be addressing in his or her mind.
At 6 months, your lipo result is done
You can't expect to see any real improvement after 6 months unfortunately. From the sound of it you might not have been a great lipo candidate in the first place. You should meet with your doctor and discuss this all openly.