Hardness and Numbness 16 Weeks After Liposuction

16 weeks after liposuction, my stomach still feels hard and numb, and there are soft lumps on my flanks, is this normal? My stomach continues to feel hard when I touch it with my fingers, in addition the area still feels numb, and I notice soft lumps on my flanks, its been 16 weeks, so I would have thought the swelling would have gone down by now, is this normal or should I be concerned?

Doctor Answers 4

Hardness and Numbness After Liposuction

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Most sensory changes go away by 6-8 weeks, however it is not uncommon for it to last over a year or more. They are considered temporary. Over time the feeling will gradually return to normal. As the feeling comes back you may notice some electric tingling sensations which is quite normal and will subside.

Firmness and swelling can also last for several months. Ask your surgeon if it's okay to massage your flanks and abdomen. Massage will help to decrease the swelling faster and to smooth out any irregularities. You can massage each area in all directions using your hands, or, a soft paint roller. Massage should be done once or twice a day for up to 20 minutes.

Hardness and lumpiness after liposuction

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W'hat kind of liposuction have you had done? Most patients do not get very hard areas. Some do get patchy numbness that it ypically is not permanent. If your surgeon hasn't seen you yet, call to scheule followup appointment. Ask your surgeon what they think of Endermologie or Velashape for cellulite ongoing maintenance or as an ajunct after liposuction

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Liposuction and numbness and hardness

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It is unusual to have numbness and hardness 16 weeks after liposuction. I have not seen this with traditional liposuction, but it may be from another technique.  Call your doctor to be evaluated.  Massage may help with the firmness or external ultrasound.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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Hardness and numbness 16 weeks after liposuction

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Very unusual, please contact your surgeon or get an additional second opinion. Photos would have helped determine exactly your issues.

Best of luck from MIAMI Dr. B

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