How long until normal sensation returns following Lipo?

3 weeks ago I had full back, flanks, abs, inner thighs, and submental lipo. My back and trunk is really numb. Why are these areas more numb then others? And how long will it take until this goes away?

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How Long Until Normal Liposuction Returns Following Lipo

Liposuction remains a revolutionary procedure, because the blunt liposuction cannula safely removes the fat, yet it preserves the sensory nerves and blood vessels to the skin. It can take several weeks to months for the sensation to return completely, and it will. Itchiness of the skin is a sign that the sensation is returning. Best wishes, Dr. Richard Swift

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Sensory loss following liposuction

Normal sensation can take 6-12 months to return following a liposuction. I have never seen a permanent sensory loss with liposuction. It is normal for some areas to be more numb than others.

Kurtis Martin, MD
Cincinnati Plastic Surgeon
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Numbness after Liposuction

this takes weeks to months to go away and will improve over time alone but in our practice we give medication and do venus legacy radiofrequency treatments to improve this more quickly.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Return of sensation after liposuction

It may take several weeks to months for all of the numbness to go away as the nerves need to regenerate or recover after your surgery.

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Numbness after liposuction

Everyone has different anatomy, heals differently, and has had a different procedure in how aggressive  your surgeon has been. As well, the type of liposuction can affect this. The good news is that it should resolve completely. The question is how long will it take for you? Is impossible to tell given the above variability, though in my experience, numbness after 2 months is quite uncommon. Be aware, it may take longer, the important thing is that you keep in close contact with your plastic surgeon and you should be just fine. Best of luck!
Dr. Subbio
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Newtown Square/Philadelphia, PA

Christian Subbio, MD
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
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How long for sensation after liposuction

     Your trunk and back  usually require more aggressive liposuction than the submental or inner thigh areas.  The trauma to the nerves along with the swelling results in the numbness.  Recovery of sensation may take several months for your back and trunk, but this is not unusual.  Good luck. 

John Zavell, MD, FACS
Toledo Plastic Surgeon
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Numbness of skin

 Numbness in the skin after liposuction is very common. It's been my experience that the thicker skin of the back and flanks seems to take the longest to recover. Gentle massage seems to help. Over time,this will usually get better. Good luck.

Marc J. Salzman, MD, FACS
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction numbness - how long does it last

Thank you for asking about your liposuction recovery.

  • Numbness varies - some areas heal faster than others.
  • Numbness is associated with swellling - which blocks the nerves from connecting to the skin normally.
  • Usually, more liposuction is done in the torso than around the chin - so there is more swelling.
  • Result - more numbness.
  • It can be bothersome but if you just wait, feeling returns.
  • It can reappear as early as 6 weeks or take 6 months or longer to completely go away.
  • But it does not mean anything is wrong - but definitely have your surgeon check you.
  • Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Hope you find this information helpful. Best wishes.

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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How long until normal sensation returns following Lipo?

Thank you for your question.  Numbness in the back and trunk is common after liposuction as a result of irritation to the nerves traveling underneath the skin. Since the back and trunk tend to require the most work, it is no surprise that these areas have the more severe numbness.  This typically spontaneously resolves over the first few months after treatment, but may take up to 6 months or more.  It should improve as your swelling resolves and your body has an opportunity to heal further.  Hang in there!

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Numbness after liposuction

The sensory nerves traveling through the fat to the skin are injured during liposuction.  This leads to numbness.  As the nerves heal, the numbness should subside but this will take months.  You may experience tingling and burning sensations as the nerves heal.  

All my best.

Robert N. Severinac, MD
Fort Wayne Plastic Surgeon
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