Stomach is bigger, rock hard and square-shaped after Liposculpture. Feeling upset. How do I reduce swelling/hardness? (Photo)

Immediately following procedure, there was less fat, skin was soft and tender and i "sunk" in whenever i pressed it. I was given a binder also. However suddenly my stomach is even bigger that before, huge, and top half of my stomach has a 'square shape'. Very solid, It doesn't feel like fluid build up at all! it's not jiggly or soft. Also there is no more pain in my stomach. it doesn't feel like normal swelling which is tender to the touch but like there is a large rock in my stomach.

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Stomach is bigger, rock hard and square-shaped after Liposculpture. Feeling upset. How do I reduce swelling/hardness?

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Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. This is the surgical procedure that revolutionized cosmetic surgery becoming one of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Subcutaneous tissue or fat is removed in order to contour the body in a way that is harmonious and pleasing to the senses. It can be performed in almost all regions of the body such as the neck, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms and ankles. Usually done through a small incision in the skin through which a cannula connected to a vacuum is applied, it can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After liposuction your body is going to be really swollen for at least 2 to 4 months after your surgery. It is important for you to wear your compression garment for at least 6 months, the first 3 months 24/7 and then the last 3 months at least 12 hours per day for your body get use to not having the faja for so many time. When you remove it, your body can get swollen and also you can have pain. Remember to also compress your body to prevent a seroma which is an accumulation of liquid that has to be drained, it is hard to touch and also really painful. Bruises are completely normal for almost 3 months from surgery, that’s why is better for you to use a bruising cream and apply it all over your body 3 times a day. To prevent bad circulation and swollen legs, use compression socks. Brazilian butt lift can be performed with the same procedure and for a month it will be swollen and it will drop a little bit without losing it’s shape if you use your garment.. If you’re going to perform liposuction on your inner, outer, anterior, lateral, postetior thighs, be careful and consult with your surgeon what’s best for you, sometimes we have more extra skin than fat, that can cause severe sagginess on our legs, which can be only be reversed performing a thigh lift…

Dr Derby

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You can experience swelling until a few months after the procedure. Do not worry to much about this. It is important to continue to wear a garment for at least the first months and you can also consider lymphatic massages as well to help it to reduce faster. best of luck

Liposuction Recovery

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You must continue the compression and consider ordering a custom fitted garment based on your measurements.  Do a google search for lipo garments to find some options but designveronique.com offers some nice options.  You definitely need to start a massage regimen pronto.  I highly recommend undergoing a session of endermologie and then go from there.  If you like this treatment, consider doing it once or twice per week for 5-10 weeks.  You should also obtain a hand roller or ball and roll it all over the treated areas many times per day.  

Post Liposuction Irregularities, Swelling -- Try Massage, Velashape or Venus Legacy With Your Compression

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It is very common to have bruising and swelling for weeks to months after liposuction procedures. What is most important is that you follow your surgeons post operative instructions and continue compression. If you are concerned, lymphatic massage and Velashape or Venus Legacy treatments can be used to improve the swelling and help the skin tighten. My patients start treatments right away and it improves the long term results. Speak to your physician if you are concerned. Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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