I had a body lift with hip/flank/back lipo 8 months ago (April) then in June had inner thigh lipo and back. I have considerable firmness and discomfort in the lower abdomen/pubis area on a regular basis. Will this go away soon? it seems like it should be done swelling but I find that during my period it gets worse and is very uncomfortable. Any suggestions as to what it is and how to best deal with the firmness? Should I still be swelling like this with almost 9 months out from the surgery?
Still Swollen - 8 Month Post-Body Lift and 6 Months Post-Lipo of Thighs and Back/flanks
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Swelling 8 months post Body Lift
I would suggest you follow up with your board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if anything can be done. If indeed these areas of firmness are scars, these scars may need to be removed. Sometimes excessive deep scars after a 360 lower body lift can be removed with liposuction or may require surgical resection.
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Swellling after body lift
It is unusual for patients to have significant swelling eight months after a body lift, but it can happen.
Swelling 8 months after bodylift
Eight months after surgery is a bit longer than most patients to experience swelling and firmness.However, I have seen a few patients who took up to 1 year for things to get better. Ask you surgeon about seeing a massage therapist who has experience with this or to try external ultrasound. You may also want to ask your surgeon if there is a possibility of this being due to a chronic seroma.
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Swelling post bodylift
It is not uncommon to see edema below your abdominal incision for the first few months. At 9 months, it appears that the lymphatic channels are taking longer than normal to re-network. I would recommend deep tissue massage to loosen scar tissue, tight compression garments, and elevation of the extremities as much as possible to decrease swelling.