Lumps and Dents After Liposuction

I had Liposuction done 3weeks ago, and now have a big dent underneath my belly button. I also have lots of lumps all over my abdomen, which my doctor said would go away in 6 months. I started lymphatic drain massages yesterday, and will take 5 more sessions. I'm also massaging myself with a gadget I bought at the store. I use my compression garment all day, sometimes I take it off at night. Will that dent go away with time? Do I need to be doing anything else to smooth out the lumps?

Doctor Answers 3

Lumps and Dents After Liposuction

Thank you for submitting your question. A photo would be helpful. Swelling (lumps and bumps) after liposuction will last for many weeks after surgery. Final results take 6-12 months. Continue to use your contour garment, minimize activities and lymphatic massage help with the swelling.  Discuss your concerns with your Plastic surgeon.

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Give it time after Liposuction

The "lumpy bumpy" results are quite common at 3 weeks after surgery.

  • Proceed with the MLD and your own massage.
  • Expect that you will experience little change for an additional 3 weeks.
  • At about 8 weeks you will notice softening and decrease in size and firmness of the lumps.

Some individuals advocate the use of external massage type devices such as Endermologie but I would proceed only on the advice of your surgeon.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Small Dents after liposuction are OK; Big ones, Not

Small surface iregularities after lilposuction are common. Sometimes they may have been there before surgery, but not noticed. Larger dents may come from removal of a large amount of fat. They may be worth it if you wanted a large amount of fat removed. They may improve with time. They also may be decreased by fat grafting.

G. Gregory Gallico III, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
3.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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