Numbness on flanks and tummy after liposuction? When will it go away?
Doctor Answers 6
Nerves are generally strong enough to not get cut from liposuction.
Nerves have a fatty outside covering called the myelin sheath.
If this layer is damaged, which it easily can be from liposuction, then the nerves will not function properly. Damage to nerves or the myelin sheath is referred to as neurapraxia.
This can be very mild, such as if you sit with your legs crossed and your foot gets numb, or severe to the point where it can take over a year to heal.
Generally, with liposuction, feeling should come back in a couple of months.
You may experience changes for much longer though.
It would be extremely uncommon for someone to have permanent numbness.
Best of luck,
Mats Hagstrom, M.D.
Numbness after liposuction
Earl Stephenson, Jr, MD, DDS,FACS
Numbness following liposuction?
- It is not uncommon to experience numbness in the area where liposuction has been performed. In my experience this can take between three and six months to resolve. It is not unusual to feel sensations of burning tingling itching or lightning in these areas until they gradually resolve over time. If these symptoms are increasing you may want to check with your surgeon regarding his recommendations.