Tumescent Lipo - 4 Weeks Post Op of Full Abdomen, Flanks, Inner and Outer Thighs, Barely Lost Weight?

Tumescent lipo on June 20th of the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs. So I am now 1 month postop. Was a size 10ish in pants and am fitting comfortably-ish now into a size 6. Can I expect to get a smaller? A little frustrated that I still have that muffin top, my skin still jiggles and my lower ab still sticks out. I am 5'4 and was 155 day of procedure/s. I am now 151. Also, my inner and outer thighs.. minimal change. Can this be?

Doctor Answers 7

It takes time after liposuction...

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Congratulations on your surgery and going smaller in size! 4 weeks is still fairly soon after liposuction.  Depending on how much liposuction was done, you would continue to lose weight (swelling) for another couple months.  It may even take 6 months.  In regards to your overall shape/contour and skin laxity, I think the time will tell.  After 6 months, if you still have excess skin, you may need tummy tuck and/or thigh lift.  Liposuction is good for deflating and removing fat; however, it is not effective in skin tightening.  

Tumescent Lipo - 4 Weeks Post Op of Full Abdomen, Flanks, Inner and Outer Thighs, Barely Lost Weight?

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Swelling can persist for 6 months and sometimes up to 1 year following liposuction.




Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Liposuction is designed to contour and reduce bulges, not reduce obesity

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The ideal candidate for liposuction is a patient who is physically fit and has a healthy diet but can't reduce a certain bulge such as the lower abdomen or love handles. If there is signficant amount of volume to lose over the whole abdomen and thighs and arms, that person probably has at least a borderline overweight status. Liposuction does not reduce the fat around the intestines behind the abdominal muscular wall. This fat causes the stomach to bulge forward and does respond to diet and exercise.

It takes a minimum of six months to a  year for maximum collagen tightening in the subcutaneous compartment to contract to its tightest volume after the fat is removed. Fat is not dense and weight loss is not as significant factor as volume reduction with liposuction.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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 Difficult to provide meaningful advise without viewing pictures or direct examination.  Issues at hand may be ongoing swelling  and/or the need for additional time to allow for skin to “bounce back”.  Sometimes these issues take months to resolve. Achieving realistic expectations prior to surgery and appropriate patient selection are also factors that play a large role in patient satisfaction after liposuction surgery.

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Liposuction debulks the subcutaneous fatty plane. It does not tighten skin ina any significant way. Usually there is a persisten swelling for several months.  The fullness may improve.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.