Is it normal to have small bruises on both sides near serrated anterior after liposuction of tummy?

I have noticed that both of my sides are numb and have small star shaped bruising.

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Bruising after Liposuction

Thanks for your question.  Bruising after liposuction is fairly common.  The bruising can travel to different areas depending on where gravity takes it.  I would say this is normal within the first couple of weeks of surgery.  If you have any concerns, you can always follow up with your surgeon.  I hope this helps. 


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Is it normal to have small bruises on both sides near serrated anterior after liposuction of tummy?

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…

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising after liposuction

What you are describing sounds completely normal following liposuction. It would be unusual not to have some bruising after a procedure like this.
Heal well,

Stacey Folk, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Post Liposuction Irregularities, Swelling/Bruising -- Try Massage, Velashape or Venus Legacy With Your Compression

Bruising and swelling are both normal side effects from liposuction. It takes weeks to see the results of liposuction and swelling can last for months. Massage, RF treatments, Venus Legacy and hyperbaric oxygen will drastically reduce swelling. Please consult with your physician if you have further concerns. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Liposuction - bruising along serratus anterior

Thank you for your question about your liposuction.

  • Small bruises, even large ones, can occur after liposuction.
  • If your surgeon treated the side of the chest over the serratus anterior, there could be small bruises.
  • Numbness is common after liposuction - it is from swelling.
  • If you don't understand the bruising, ask your surgeon to explain how it came about.
  • Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Best wishes. Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

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