Are liposuction scars very big?

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Liposculpture scars are very small and hardly noticeable with todays equipment.   You can expect the incisions to be about 1/4" in size and usually heal to a point that they are hardly noticeable.

Chevy Chase Plastic Surgeon
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The smaller the scars, the smaller the canula, the smoother the results.

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There is no doubts that the smaller the canula that is used, then the smoother the results and thus the smaller the scars are as well. These are also usually done under local tumescent anesthesia as well where the patients are able to stand up and the doc can really fine tune the results the best. Sincerely, David Hansen,MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Liposuction scars

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As you read we try to make liposuction scars as small and minimally noticeable as possible.

In most patients the "benefit ratio" from the improvement of your treated areas by far outweigh your concerns of small scars. 

On the other hand "scarless surgery" does not exist or if advertised is usually too good to be true. 

Take the "plunge", discuss your expectations and your concerns in person  with a Plastic Surgeon.

Guido P. Gutter, MD
Evansville Plastic Surgeon
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How Big Are Liposuction Scars?

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Dear Aleya, Most liposuction incisions are very small and are less than a 1/4" in length. We also put them in natural folds of the body and are very inconspicuous when they are healed. good luck. Dr. Gervais.

Douglas L. Gervais, MD
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 178 reviews

Liposuction scars

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Usually liposuction scars are very small about 0.5 cms each.  The redness of the scar can take up to a year to settle down.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Liposuction scars are small

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One of the advantages of liposuction is the small scar size. Most liposuction scars are 5mm in length or shorter, and can often be placed in natural skin creases or other locations that are easily hidden. Like other scars, liposuction scars tend to improve in appearance with passage of time.

Andres Taleisnik, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Size of lipo scars

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Liposuction scars are very small, less than 1/2 inch typically, and are often placed in creases and well hidden areas when possible. Ultimately healed scar may look like you had a mole removed. If you undergo liposuction surgery, first assure the surgeon is board-certified. Discuss your scar concerns with the surgeon who can show you exactly where the proposed scars will be. Take care!

Michele A. Shermak, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

Are liposuction scars very big?

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Liposuction scars are about 5 mm or less.  Also, you should consider the number of scars made for an area.  One surgeon may use 3 for liposuction of the abdomen, sides, and back and another may use 15.

Liposuction results are highly surgeon dependent. Find a board certified plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of liposuction and liposuction revision procedures each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA

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