Is it normal to have numbness in your abdominal area right below the belly button after post ops liposuction? (Photos)

I got a large abdominal liposuction done 2 weeks ago. I'm 5'7"weighing at 172. A bit swollen but I am concern about the numbness feeling below my belly button. The drainage stop in three days. I already started moderate excerises like 14000 steps a day plus I also take stairs to the 12th floor. I also have to small knot I feel in my abdominal area they feel like for nickle size round. I also give my self massage every night. Should I be concern or coutinue my little routine?

Doctor Answers 5

Liposuction numbness

Yes, numbness after liposuction is very common, especially temporary numbness in the treated areas, but patients may also sometimes even notice permanent changes in sensation.  Be patient and discuss with your surgeon.

Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction - Numbness

Thank you for your question. Numbness after liposuction is very common. Numbness can be temporary or permanent in the treated areas. Please, bring up concerns with your surgeon at your next follow up appointment.

Frederick G. Weniger, MD, FACS, MBA
Hilton Head Island Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction/ Liposculpture/ Fat Transfer/ Vaser/ Hi Definition Procedures/Liposuction Revision/Tummy Tuck/Body Contouring

I appreciate your question.

Yes this normal and to be expected.  I would recommend that you discuss your concerns with your surgeon.

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.

Best of luck!

Dr. Schwartz

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction - is the numbness normal

Thank you for asking about your liposuction.

The numbness is from swelling which takes 6 - 18 months to fully subside. Be sure your surgeon has approved your execise - exercise is good but too much can make you swell.

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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Numbness after Abdominal Liposuction--Normal--Aftercare--Lymph massage, RF treatments (Velashape, Venus legacy)

You can have numbness in the area of liposuction and this can last for 3-6 months.  It typically will improve by 6 weeks however.  Aftercare should include: lymphatic massage, hyperbaric oxygen, compression, and radiofrequency treatments like Velashape and Venus legacy. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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