Why does my neck look worse than before after Neck Liposuction?

I am 9 days post op and received neck lipo. My surgeon told me the fat was very hard in my neck and it was fibrosis but i don't see any change from before aside from it being bigger

Doctor Answers 5

Liposuction Results

It takes time to see a final result from liposuction surgery. If you have questions, schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon to discuss your concerns. Best of luck!

Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Neck looks worse after liposuction

  • There is no such thing as hard fat.
  • But your neck could have been fibrous if If you have had surgery, injury or previous liposuction in the neck.
  • In this case, a neck liposuction might be ineffective.
  • Neck liposuction causes swelling that can obscure the result at first.
  • I have seen many patients with liposuction done by doctors who are not plastic surgeons and cannot do effective liposuction.
  • If your surgery was not a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon - wait six weeks to let swelling subside further and then get a second opinion from a proper plastic surgeon if you are still concerned. Best wishes.

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Post op Liposuction

It is difficult to say without photos or a consultation. At 9 days post op your neck may be swollen and bruised causing it to appear worse.

Lisa M. DiFrancesco, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Neck lipo

I would give it a longer amount of time. It's normal to still have swelling at none days. However, lipo of the neck works better if there is a lot of fat in the neck Superficial to the platysma muscle which is not that common in my opinion.

Edward S. Gronka, MD
Fayetteville Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Full Neck

It's hard to say without before and after pictures. Typically we have a period of swelling and contouring that your body will undergo for approximately 2-3 months. Wearing your compression garment will be key. Close follow-up with your plastic surgeon is key. Hopefully results will become apparent to you over the next several months.

Good luck.

Earl Stephenson Junior MD DDS FA CS

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