I want to ask your personal opinion as what you think happened to my abdomen after Laser Liposuction. (photo)

I got a laser lipo when I actually needed a tummy tuck but the doc said no and now my belly looks destroyed and abnormal and extremely hard. No one can tell me what I can do because now I don't have enough skin for a tt

Doctor Answers 8

Abdomen post laser lipo

It is difficult to answer totally without seeing before pictures and having an examination. I would agree with the other reviewer. I would allow 3-6 months of time to pass and then get a consultation for a TT. Your options, location of the scar will all be explained to you. I believe that you could get a nice improvement with a TT. 

Norwalk Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Laser Liposuction Complication

There is no magic with laser liposuction. In essence it is a light that liquifies the fat and cauterizes blood vessels.
As a result of the "internal burn" and scarring, it can cause depressions, contractions, and irregularities.
With massage and time, the problem may get a little better but an abdominoplasty would help immensely. You should wait 6 months to one year postoperatively before proceeding with an abdominoplasty. Hope this helps.  

George C. Peck, Jr, MD
West Orange Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Laser Lipo Problems

Sorry to hear about your problems. From your description, it sounds like you have hard areas of fat under the loose skin. At this point, I would suggest that you allow everything to heal for 3 to 6 months before considering any other surgery. With the amount of skin that you have, I think that you can get quite a bit of improvement with a tummy tuck, though you may have some remaining irregularities from the liposuction.

Don W. Griffin, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 72 reviews

Applying the wrong procedure

I'm sorry for the experience and outcomes you have suffered.

When liposuction is poorly performed or done on patients who are poor candidates, devastating disfigurements can result.

You appear to have enough skin to have a tummy tuck done.

The question of whether that will repair the damage is another concern.

At this point, you should be in the hands of an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to help you out.

Best of luck,

Mats Hagstrom, M.D.

Mats Hagstrom, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Liposuction results

Liposuction results vary from surgeon to surgeon. I would advise you to speak to your surgeon to determine the next step of action to regain your abdominal contours. 


DR. Karamanoukian 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

What to do

Without examining you and seeing more photos, I cannot tell you exactly what you need.  However, once you are at least 6 months from surgery, I would suggest meeting with a board certified plastic surgeon and discussing your options.  I do think a tummy tuck could give you good results.

Connie Hiers, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Unhappy with abdomen after laser liposuction [PHOTO]

Thanks very much for your enquiry and I’m sorry you are not happy with the results of your surgery.

I think you have got adhesions which basically means that the skin is sticking to the muscle underneath. This can occur after liposuction particularly if the fat is not removed completely evenly.

I think this is a difficult problem to treat and may require fat transfer and possibly freeing up of the skin.
It is important to see a very experienced surgeon who has treated similar cases.

Once again I’m sorry you are not happy with the results of your surgery. I hope you do find a surgeon who can sort the problems out for you.

Best wishes.

Adrian Richards, MD
London Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 148 reviews

Laser liposuction and abdomen

Without having more information it is tough to say. If it was just done, then I would suggest waiting at least 6 months for the tissue to soften and to see what excess you have at that point to see if you can have a tummy tuck. Best of luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

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