I had abdominal lipo 2 weeks ago. Have hard, painful lumps under skin. Are these lymph nodes? Will massage help?

Doctor Answers 4

Hard lumps under the skin

What you describe is most likely not related to swell a lift out.

It's more likely inflammation and early scarred tissue that will settle down with time.

What you describe is not uncommon early after liposuction.

Some plastic surgeons may recommend massage.

In my experience time will usually resolve these though neither massage or time will not resolve unevenly performed liposuction


Mats Hagstrom M.D.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Knowing What's Normal After Liposcution--Add Venus Legacy, Cellutone to your aftercare

This is hard to answer without an exam. It is normal to experience swelling and discomfort after your procedure. I do recommend adding lymphatic massage, RF treatments externally like venus legacy, exilis ultra, Vanquish, shock/vibration therapy like Cellutone/z wave, hyperbaric oxygen and compression in order to decrease swelling and improve results. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Lumps under the skin

Thanks for your inquiry, without an exam it is hard to advise, but in general the lumps are small amounts of fluid, blood and dissolving fat.  Please ask your surgeon when massage is appropriate.  Good Luck.

Vishnu Rumalla, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction - painful lumps after 2 weeks

Thank you for asking about your liposuction.'

  • Actually, these are not lymph nodes but inflamed tissue where the liposuction was done.
  • They tend to be more common over bone - eg the ribs and back.
  • If they don't hurt, they will go away and need no treatment.
  • Very low dose steroid injections will help those that are painful - so check with your surgeon about this

Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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