After being on this site for many months, I have come to understand that many women do not know the risks of having aggressive liposuction, and instead go to certain places because aggressive lipo is acceptable there. After living through hell and still doing so, I had to do my own research and ask doctors/surgeons myself, why I felt so much pain after so many months, pain that I never knew existed, torturous pain that has left me bedridden, essentially disabled, without a job, unable to take care of myself. I asked why am I living in hell on earth, from this aggressive un-consented lipo, they say that mostly when the body is suctioned out from all its fat, the body will create scar tissue underneath making it scar and adhere to your muscle, causing extreme pain. (As you can see from the Q&A) Be very careful with surgeons advertising aggressive liposuction or those who even perform it. It is alarming that many surgeons are not open to disclosing the long-term effects on liposuction; uncontrollable weight gain, spider veins, visceral fat, diseases, adherence, permanent nerve damage, destroys the structure underneath your skin, and so much more all proven in scientific studies, they often say it is RARE, very untrue, look it up, more common than you might think. Have you ever seen a picture of the skin layers? We have our epidermis, dermis, hypodermis, etc. there are blood and lymph vessels, veins, arteries, nerve fibers, subcutaneous fat and muscle. These are all things that the cannula scrapes and damages when it goes back and forth at an aggressive speed suctioning fat out with a vacuum at levels that these surgeons may not be aware of whats safe on you because EVERYONE is different. They take guesses when suctioning you out with a vacuum. Now I think the whole thing is barbaric, since I have seen the illustrations of how much real damage they cause to the underlying tissues. Why do you think your skin feels numb and feels like you have a horrible sunburn, why do you think they suggest to wait for a year to see results? Because the statute of limitation to sue is a year, it is their safe route. If you know how to research to find the best doctor, I suggest you research about these studies as well, so you can make an informative decision. Remember, you can't prepare yourself for something you have no knowledge of. I wish I was very educated about this procedure before deciding to go through with it, but I also thought I was only getting a little bit of liposuction on my arms/upper back, something minimal as how they advertise, never thought I would be in this predicament and in pain from exceeded consent from my unethical surgeon, who committed a crime. I think it is outrageous that many surgeons are also willing to suction out more than 5 liters, and some women on RS have taken out 9 liters of fat! Remember that every fat cell that you suction out will come back in other areas and might give you a worse body shape than what you initially thought you hated. (There are two exceptions: the body might produce more fat cells if an adult gains a significant amount of weight or has liposuction performed.) According to medical professionals, liposuction is supposedly safe if it's performed a certain way. But aggressive liposuction - removing large volumes of fat at once - can cause a rapid re-growth of fat. And aggressive liposuction can also cause long-lasting tissue and nerve damage as well. You can type in your search engine, liposuction exposed: the fat comes back but in different places, so you can read more about it. And I can also message you links if you want to know the truth about liposuction.
Here are the questions I asked on Realself and I only received one answer, very sad. I also searched through others RS member questions and came across a few that brought me to tears because after so many years they still feel torturous pain and want to fix it. Their is only one question that I am providing.
How do I alleviate the pain from a skin to muscle deformity after liposuction?
2 months ago
I got liposuction 5 months ago and I am still in pain. I have seen other "board certified surgeons" and they all have told me I was overresected. I have seen another plastic surgeon, he said I have a skin to muscle deformity and that is the reason why I have a burning, painful pulling sensation. I had non consented lipo on many areas. The areas where the skin has adhered mostly is the flanks, the sides of the waist, and the left side of my dorsi muscle. Now, how can I fix this without surgery?
Doctor Answers (1)
Poor liposuction result
February 3rd, 2014
If liposuction removes too much fat, skin scars to muscle. This can be painful.
there is no correction without further surgery.
needle release of the scar and fat transplants under the skin in the painful areas is your best hope.
How to Remove Hardened Scar Tissue 3 Years After Power-Assisted Liposuction?
3 years ago
I had liposuction 3 years ago. The doc used PAL, results were pretty poor. Overuse of garment caused scar tissue and underlying fat caused more uneveness. I followed this up with slimlipo,unevenes has reduced but scar tissue is still there. Can this scar tissue be decimated using PAL? broken up and removed. Some of it seems like fat got hardened, around existing tissue. The tissue is numb and feels like leg gone to sleep. How can this scar tissue be removed?
Doctor Answers (14)
Scarring after liposuction
February 3rd, 2011
The single greatest cause for severe scarring after liposuction is aggressive liposuction. This causes a skin-on-muscle deformity and prevents mobility of the tissues. This can definitely to be avoided by not performing the procedure too aggressively. It is sometimes possible to release scar tissue but this of course does not correct the underlying irregularities in fat thickness.
Excessively superficial liposuction, or burns with the laser technique also cause irregularities. In both cases, these irregularities are very difficult to treat. In such cases, revisional microliposuction can help, but lifts are often necessary, with direct removal of scar tissue. However, further removal of fat often just compounds the problem. Experience is a must in revisional cases.
**Skin-on-muscle deformity/adherence prevents mobility of tissues, therefore I feel a painful burning/tearing/ripping sensation. Surgery may lead to more problems**
How do you remove scar tissue following liposuction?
February 15th, 2011
it sounds like your situation of scar tissue 3 years after liposuction is an unusual one. It may be scar or possibly even fat necrosis that has become hard. I would try to address this nonsurgically if at all possible. Beginning with ultrasound treatments and aggressive massage. More surgery could give you even more irregularities.
**I would like to say it is not unusual! I have come in contact with many women who experience the same complications as me and there are many! - I guess at least he admitted that more surgery will do more damage**
Fibrosis after liposuction is difficult to treat.
February 10th, 2011
Fibrosis after liposuction is difficult to treat. Fibrosis is usually hardened areas of tissue which can be caused by fat necrosis, over-resection of tissue, excess tissue trauma, or unrecognized seromas (fluid collections).
The best methods for treating the fibrosis is 1)prevention and 2)early detection and treatment with massage, external ultrasound, possible fat grafting, and (infrequently) steroid injections.
**Hardened areas of tissue can be caused by fat necrosis, something that no doctor seems to understand. Weren't they in medical school for so many years? Don't they know the human body from all those anatomy, biology, physiology, science classes they took and residency training they had? Hmm I dont know. I think I have learned more with my sisters anatomy class that she is taking. I wish more doctors would be interested in their patients health. - Notice how he suggests more surgery; fat grafting. That could mean that you may potentially end up with another bad area because they need to lipo another part of your body to do fat grafting. I do not understand what part of liposuction is safe and simple. I looked up simple on dictionary.com and it said not complicated, easy to deal with, now how can liposuction be simple if it carries so many risks and complications and on top of it, you have to get additional surgery to correct problems that may also carry more risks, how is that easy to deal with? Safe in dictionary.com means secure from liability to harm, injury, danger, or risk, now how is liposuction secure from liability? Shoot, wish I looked this up when all these flashy advertisements kept saying its the most safe procedure out there, since it has been revolutionized. Untrue, once again, they are still experimenting on us different techniques with liposuction, they even hold meetings to give each other advice on how to use these “FDA approved machines”, which they are not so FDA approved after finding this statement from the website itself on liposuction machines; “Once a device is approved, other similar devices may be cleared by the FDA for use. This requires less information since an equivalent device has already been shown to be safe and effective. In some cases, devices that were on the market before FDA started regulating medical devices may be cleared.” WOW, we are in dire need for better regulations, how is it possible that only because there are similar machines they require less information, how is it possible that old liposuction devices are cleared without testing them? Please someone make me understand. For this report you can enter “Fda gov surgery and life support liposuction” in your search engine. DO YOUR RESEARCH**
At this point I really want my records, I want to know exactly what was done to my body, how many liters he took out, what machine was used, at what speed, what anesthetics, how much lidocaine, how long was I under, the hours, minutes and seconds, what medicine was pumped in my system after I was out of the operating room, EVERYTHING. I think every women should be entitled to know this beforehand, to understand if you are at risk for any complications or may be allergic to any medication/anesthetics that can cause your death. After reading so many reviews of women that are very excited about their upcoming surgery, they need to know that this surgery is that serious and surgeons need to be transparent when asked these questions. Do not feel intimated by them, do not fall for those words “I am the professional, I know what I am doing” because one thing is knowledge and another thing is experience, we know our bodies more than they ever will, we have lived in them for so many years, example; that is why we understand when we are catching the flu. I hate when surgeons use the word “normal” there is no normal. Some women have reported green fluid through their drainage tube after surgery and surgeons say its normal, that is alarming! If they minimize your complications after your surgery you need to run and run far away from them. If you feel certain meds, anesthesia, surgery, can cause more damage than help then you need to voice that and tell your doctor/surgeon to return your money. You may be penalized with 10% from your surgery but at least you will have your life. And if they do not want to return any of your money and you payed with a credit card, you are entitled to file a dispute. Again, educate yourself before going through with this harmful procedure.