Liposuction - hard after five weeks
Thank you for asking about your liposuction.
- Liposuction will be firm for a long time.
- The area near the belly button has fibrous tissue and become hard -
- Generally it is best to give it time - it is likely to improve over the next 5 - 8 months.
- Always see a Board
Certified Plastic Surgeon.
- Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
This is for sure normal and can slowly resolve over months.Heat and massage and sometimes ultrasound may help get rid of it sooner but it will go down.
There are fibrous fat pads in locations around the belly button that are less responsive to liposuction (they contain more fiber and less fat) and the fibrous tissue acts like a sponge and holds on to swelling longer.
Wearing your compression garment with extra padding in that area to push out the swelling helps and so does massage. If your physician has a z-wave, that can be even more helpful using the acoustic wave to give deep massage (not that many doctors have that machine) to drive out the swelling.
Aside from that it just takes patience. Expect the swelling to last weeks to months. The area, if it is very fibrous, may never be as flat as what is around it. Also lie down and check the area with a hand mirror to be sure that some of the bulge isn't coming from gravity and loose skin bulge.
Best wishes for a full recovery!
5 weeks after liposuction; hard and lumpy stomach. Is that normal?
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, Hugs!
Post Liposuction Irregularities, Swelling -- Try Massage, Velashape or Venus Legacy With Your Compression
My patients get vanquish, venus legacy and cellutone/zwave treatments with massage immediately after liposuction to get the best outcomes. I suggest you see an expert for the proper post operative protocol. The swelling and induration (hardness) wlll improve over 3-6 months. Best, Dr. Emer.
It is quite common to have firmness and some lumpiness 5 weeks or so after liposuction. It can take several more weeks for it to settle down.