I had lipo 2 months ago on my tummy and thighs. I'm worried because my tummy looks just as fat now as it did before. (Photo)

I keep reading that you should be at 80% at two months. Is this fat I'm seeing? Do people "shrink" more after a few more months?

Doctor Answers 5

Persistant swelling after liposuction

at 2 months there should be improvement, but the final result could take 3 to 6 months.  I usually don't take post op photos before 3 months.  you should direct your questions to the operating surgeon, and ask how much was aspirated.  If you don't get satisfactory answers, you can always get a second opinion from another surgeon.

Walnut Creek Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after Liposuction

Thanks for your question and photo!   At 2 months post-op after liposuction, most patients are still swollen with some patients not achieving total resolution of their swelling until 3-6 months.  Having both before and after photos, measurements, and weight changes, would be helpful in determining the changes from liposuction. After 6 months or when swelling is fully resolved, some touch-up lipo can be done in the office.  Hope this helps...best of luck!

Joyce C. Chen, MD, MPH, FACS

Last contacted 8 days ago

Skin Excess


There is likely some residual swelling, however there appears to be more subcutaneous fat and skin excess. If your doctor isn't an ABPS certified/ASAPS member surgeon, you should visit one who is to re-evaluate you and give you options. Best of luck!

Gerald Minniti, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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VASER Hi Definition Liposuction / Body Contouring with Fat Grafting -- CANDIDATE?

You may need a vaser hi definition procedure or if you have loose skin have the stomach skin removed. i am unsure based on your photos and i do not see before photos as well to compare.  Please see a body shaping physician for the best treatment plan.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Tummy looks the same as before liposuction

Thank you for asking about your liposuction.

  • I am sorry you are concerned about your liposuction result.
  • Without before photos and knowing if you have had children, one can't tell you must.
  • Swelling lasts longer than expected in some people but persistent fullness can occur if -
  • You needed a tummy tuck or if you have a seroma (fluid collection), gained weight or too little fat was removed.
  • I suggest you return to your surgeon for an exam and to discuss what is causing this appearance.

Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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