Having new pain, burning and tightness in the flanks - 4 months post op of lipo . A month ago I did not have this pain. (photos)
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Liposuction - burning and tightness after 4 months
- I am sorry you are having this pain but your photos show a nice cosmetic result, which is good.
- If you have been working out, you could have caused additonal swelling in the area of liposuction.
- If you had laser liposuction, it could be persistent irritation from the laser heat.
- But you are on a lot of medicines for 4 months post surgery -
- I suggest you see your plastic surgeon, discuss your work-out routine, the cause of the pain and whether you need physical therapy at this point.
- Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
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Having new pain, burning and tightness in the flanks - 4 months post op of lipo
There are many reasons for having pain and stiffness following liposuciton, particularly in the lower back area. Many structures get disturbed with liposuction -- blood vessels, nerves, the lymphatic drainage system, muscle fascia, etc. And scar tissue and inflammation is always a component. A previous seroma may or may not be a confounding factor.
Most likely, you are just having some strain and inflammation to the muscles and/or the surrounding scar tissue. And some patients just have a much tougher time with inflammation following liposuction than others, and some take many months while other do well after weeks. I would, however, recommend that you see your surgeon to make sure that nothing else is going on, particularly since this is a new change.
I hope you feel better soon, and that you can enjoy your nice results!
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Since there has been a change in your post op course, please contact your surgeon so he/she can examine you and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan at this time.
The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.
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