I had Smartlipo MPX 18 days ago, knees, inner thighs and upper and lower abdomen, a total of 600cc from these areas was removed. I am ideal body weight with those areas never responding to exercise. I am seeing the knee results, barely the thigh area and my belly is now bigger then it ever was!! It does have the "lumps that I am massaging and I am in a compression garment at this time. My Dr. saw me follow up 1 week was not concerned with swelling and suggested massage to areas if not to tender.
Bigger Belly After Smartlipo Still After Almost 3 Weeks, How Long Before for It Will Shrink And/or Heal?
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It can take 6 months for maximum benefit. be patient
you just need to be more patient. you should be getting back to exercising by now and watch your diet.
You can certainly enhance your results by losing weight.
i beg to differ with one of the opinions below: since you are having Smartlipo on your body,
i would see a board certified plastic surgeon and not an ENT facial surgeon which is
NOT a plastic surgeon. you are doing body work so why would you select a facial surgeon?
your doctor was absolutely correct not to be concerned. i agree with his suggestion of massage
david berman md
Bigger Belly After Smartlipo Still After Almost 3 Weeks, How Long Before for It Will Shrink And/or Heal
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Give yourself time to heal properly, follow your surgeon’s instructions. You may still be swollen under the skin.
Fullness after liposuction
It is very common to have swelling (or edema) in the areas that have been treated with liposuction. It is advisable to wear a compression garment for about 6weeks after liposuction to help avoid or diminish the swelling. The swelling will continue to improve with time. It can take up to 6 months to see complete resolution of the edema.
Abdominal swelling after Smartlipo
It is not uncommon to have tissue swelling or even fluid collection such as a seroma after liposuction especially when using a device as a LASER that heats or burns tissue. In my practice, we perform intensive post-lipo care for the first 7-10 days after the procedure to help remove excess fluid and allow the tissue to contract and generally switch to less compressive guarments after that period so as to minimize venous or lymphatic congestion. 18 days is early but if seroma is left untreated, it may form a long-term fullness or "lump" which is difficult to correct in the future. I would advise close follow up with your surgeon.
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