6 weeks post-op lipo-flank & abs; still no results. Is this common?

It's been 6 weeks since I've had my breast implants and lipo of abs and flanks. A few days ago was I was told I could stop wearing my garment (I barely removed it except to shower)& I could return to all my normal activities/work outs. Im confused I see 0 changes. I'm not swollen or bloated. Sometimes stiff- BUT I still see and feel the rolls of fat I was trying to remove! I'm 110-115,5'4" I work out 4-5 days a week. I'm a pretty strict eater. I saw surgery as the final solution. Im confused.

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6 weeks post-op lipo-flank & abs; still no results. Is this common?

It's a good question and understand your frustration. However you are still very early after your procedure. Swelling after liposuction can last 3-6 months. You will not be able to judge your final result for 6-9 months. I would discourage you from considering a revision procedure at this time. Try to be patient and hopefully you will get a noticeable result in the coming months.

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If you wanted a more contouring and significant result from lipo you need a vaser 4D hi definition procedure. I suggest seeing an expert in that specific procedure.  Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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6 weeks post-op lipo-flank & abs; still no results. Is this common?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. This is the surgical procedure that revolutionized cosmetic surgery becoming one of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Subcutaneous tissue or fat is removed in order to contour the body in a way that is harmonious and pleasing to the senses. It can be performed in almost all regions of the body such as the neck, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms and ankles. Usually done through a small incision in the skin through which a cannula connected to a vacuum is applied, it can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After liposuction your body is going to be really swollen for at least 2 to 4 months after your surgery. It is important for you to wear your compression garment for at least 6 months, the first 3 months 24/7 and then the last 3 months at least 12 hours per day for your body get use to not having the faja for so many time. When you remove it, your body can get swollen and also you can have pain. Remember to also compress your body to prevent a seroma which is an accumulation of liquid that has to be drained, it is hard to touch and also really painful. Bruises are completely normal for almost 3 months from surgery, that’s why is better for you to use a bruising cream and apply it all over your body 3 times a day. To prevent bad circulation and swollen legs, use compression socks. Brazilian butt lift can be performed with the same procedure and for a month it will be swollen and it will drop a little bit without losing it’s shape if you use your garment.. If you’re going to perform liposuction on your inner, outer, anterior, lateral, postetior thighs, be careful and consult with your surgeon what’s best for you, sometimes we have more extra skin than fat, that can cause severe sagginess on our legs, which can be only be reversed performing a thigh lift…

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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