I had abdominal lipo about 2 weeks ago. At first when I took off the bandages, I thought it looked fine. Then, I began to swell for about a week, which I know is normal. After, the swelling subsided, I awoke one morning to these lines or wrinkles with hardness or ridges in between. They seem to be worse after sitting for long periods. Will these eventually improve? I'm also going on a trip in a week (about a 6 hr car drive). Could this ride be detrimental to my results?
Lines, Ridges, and Wrinkling 2 Weeks After Abdominal Lipo?
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Skin ridges after liposuction
Liposuction and creases
if your parallel horizontal creases in an otherwise flat tummy is a result of creases in the abdominal compression garment, you may need a slightly larger size. Some physicians recommend a sheet of foam under the compression garment (without adhesive) to minimize this contour irregularity. Endermologie or Velasahape may help your creases. Don't wear the compression garment on a long car trip if you can put a slightly larger one on, or none at all, just so there are no creases digging in to your skin on a long cart trip in which you're just sitting in one motionless spot.
Binders after tummy tuck
I think you may be using a poor binder that could be digging into your skin. Switch to an elastic or neoprene binder which is more flexible for the area. Definitely start with some gentle lymphatic massaging to the area. Using a flint roller has been useful in this stage. Also, do not use a binder on your trip since the sitting position will dig the binder into the skin which may make your situation worse.
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Ridges after liposuction
These parallel ridges can be due to your binder. I would agree to not wear your compressive garment for a long trip when you are sitting. Aggressive massage should help and your surgeon might consider a series of ultrasound treatments. Be careful that your compressive garment is not forming ridges when you sit. You might switch to a thinner more flexible panty that you can find in most department stores.