There is a limit how far the skin can contract or shrink to its new shape, dependent of the elasticity and the dermal collagen of the skin. How do you call this process - the contraction - scientifically? And is there a way, preoperatively, apart from how thick the skin is and any irradiation damage, to measure the potential ability of the contraction of the skin?
Liposuction: How Far Does the Skin Contract?
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Skin tightness after liposuction
The way to determine how much capacity your skin has to contract back after liposuction is by the examination of a an experienced and skilled board-certified plastic surgeon. The surgeon can give you a good idea of how much to expect.
Skin contraction after liposuction
It is difficult to determine the precise abiloity of the skin to contract. Some signs include age, weight fluctuations, and stretch marks to name a few.
If your skin has good elasticity, few stretch marks and good thickness, it will usually contract significantly after liposuction
If you skin is thin, loose, you have lost a lot of weight (50 to 100 lbs) or it sags and hangs, you probably will not get good skin retraction after liposuction. If your skin is in good shape and you are going to do some minimal to moderate body contouring with liposuction, the skin will probably retract well.
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Liposuction and Skin Contraction?
Thank you for the question.
Good skin elasticity is an important attribute of the patient undergoing liposuction surgery. As we age or gain/lose weight we generally lose some skin elasticity. After the liposuction procedure we are depending on the skin elasticity to allow the skin envelope to “shrink” to fit the reduced contour resulting from the liposuction procedure.
Unfortunately, there is no way to “measure the potential ability of the contraction of the skin” prior to liposuction surgery. The skin elasticity is best evaluated by consulting with a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.
I hope this helps.
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