I am 28 years old, in otherwise good health and 4.5 weeks post op. I have a large indentation about one inch above my belly button and am scared silly that it is permanent. I noticed the indentation immediately after the operation, but the doctor said it was from my garment. I bought a new garment and it is now 4 weeks later and it is still there. How long does it take to know if it will be permanent? What can I do to reduce its visibility? Is there a chance it will disappear?
How Long After Liposuction Will I Be Able to Tell if I Have a Permenant Indentation?
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Contour Irregularity after Liposuction
Contour irregularities are common after liposuction. Most early on can be related to uneven garment compression, swelling, or scar tissue. Most improve over time. I would give it at least 6 months before you come to any conclusions. Use a garment for even compression, and massage. I have also found that stretching and exercise helps when cleared by your physician. If it is the same or not improving after 6 months, a minor touch up procedure may help.
Indentation after liposuction
It will take a minimum of 4-6 months to assess the long term outcome of the depression.Depending on the advice of your surgeon, there are a variety of modalities that could be used including external ultrasonic therapy, manual lymphatic drainage, endermologie and/or scar mobilization under the guidance of a physical therapist,
Indention after liposuction may not be permanent
If it's still there after 6 months, then I would talk to you about doing some fat grating to smooth it out (can be done in the office under local anesthesia). Meanwhile, massage massage massage.
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Liposuction indentation probably permanent.
This is just going by your picture, and I could be wrong. Massage often helps, but it's been over a month. Get another opinion.
Results of liposuction will be permanent after 6 months.
You can try using ultrasound to make the swelling go down, but it won't change the final result. If it is still there after 6 months, fat can be injected to fill out the depression.
Indent from liposuction garment or procedure
Divot from liposuction
This looks like a garment caused indentation to me. I would massage this area as much as you can. It may very well smooth out. I would buy one of those el-cheapo hand held massage gizmos and get to work on this. Wear a t-shirt and massage over the t-shirt. Do it at work, at home, while you are stopped at a red light. As much as you can. Make sure you aren't wearing anything that compresses this area. If it's still a problem after 4 or 5 months, you will need some fat transfer.
Lisa Lynn Sowder, M.D.
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