I have had previous abdominal surgeries and hernia repairs however have been left with adhesions and scar tissue, is it safe to have liposuction, I have no existing hernias present. Does the lipo instrument penetrate the scar tissue?
Is It Safe to Have Abdominal Liposuction if There Are Adhesions and Scar Tissue?
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Liposuction after abdominal surgery
Abdominal adhesions and scar tissue in relation to liposuction
Certain forms of liposuction may penetrate scars more easily than others such as ultrasonic assisted lipoplasty or PAL. However, the scars to which you refer are insdie your peritoneal cavity and liposuction is NOT performed in this space.
Abdominal liposuction on a scarred abdomen
If you ahve any excess skin or muscle laxity, I would seriously consider having an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). This would slim the abdomen down, tighten the muscle and likely excise several of your "socked in" scars and would allow your surgeon to revise the scars that are not excised . I've taken some nasty, "road map" adbomens and tuned them into a nice smooth abdomens with only a hip to hip suprapubic scar or sometimes an anchor scar. Consult a board certified plastic surgeon and see what he/she thinks would help you.
Lisa Lynn Sowder, M.D.
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Liposuction after previous abdominal surgery and hernia repair
Abdominal liposuction may be performed safely after previous abdominal surgery and hernia repair, but the operation will incur somewhat higher risk of complications as well as possibly suboptimal results due to previous scarring. Adhesions usually refer to intra-abdominal scar tissue which is outside the area of liposuction.
Abdominoplasty after hernia repair
Any previous surgery complicates any further surgery. However, after a full examination by your surgeon and possibly some imaging studies (CT Scan), if everything turns out to be okay, then there is no absolute contraindication to surgery. Good luck with your procedure.
Liposuction after previous abdominal surgery
Previous surgical scars on the abdomen do increase your potential risk of injury during liposuction.
You should discuss your situation with your board certified plastic surgeon who has general surgery experience (liposuction can be performed by various doctors that may not have sufficient surgical experience).
The risk you want to avoid is that of accidental injury to your abdomen and abdominal cavity. Previous surgeries may have left behind openings or weaknesses in the abdominal wall that would allow the liposuction instrument to enter the abdominal cavity which would lead to unwanted injury.
Martin Jugenburg, MD
Liposuction and previous scars
If you have had previous abdominal surgery, I assume that you had a CT scan or other study to let you know that you have no hernias. I f this is the case, in most cases,liposuction can be performed carefully to avoid problems.
Liposuction Be Safe with scar tissue.
As most of the expert posters have stated it take excellent technique and experience. Also there can be increased bruising and healing time. But the final result may be limited by the scar tissue. Seek in person opinions.
Liposuction with prior surgery
Liposuction with previous abdominal surgery
Liposuction is done only on the fat outside of the abdominal muscles. Therefore, internal adhesions are not a factor. However, any areas of scar between the skin and the muscle will make any Liposuction more difficult but, with care, should not make it any more risky.