Hard Swollen Side After Smartlipo? (photo)

I had smartlipo on May 31st & my left upper has been extremely swollen & feels like a hard rock. When I went in for my 2 week post op she opened my incisions & drained me & a lot came out. She also told me my garment wasn't tight enough. I'm now a little over 4 weeks & the spot is still pretty big but considerably smaller since she drained me. I'm literally in tears over this hoping this isn't permanent. The lower right under the belly button is the same. Please help! Anything that will help! TY

Doctor Answers 4

Healing during Smartlipo

You will be swollen for weeks after Smartlipo, this is normal. Wear the compression garment and don’t push yourself and you should heal correctly.

New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Hardness on the sides after lipo

Lipo causes your body to produce fluid. Sometimes blood or serum can also accumulate. Fluids tend to harden, but over time they will dissolve. This can take a few months, but they always dissolve. Wear your garment as much as possible. Professional massages help greatly in minimizing the amount of fluid that builds up and in expediting it's disappearance.

Marco A. Pelosi III, MD
Jersey City OB/GYN
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Hard Swollen Side After Smartlipo?

After having done over 5,000 Smart Lipo + lips since 2006, it is very rare to see "large" fluid accumulations that need aspiration more than one time. In fact in my practice I can ONLY think of 2 times of serums. Thus you need almost every other day visits with external massages or external ultrasound therapy. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 173 reviews

Hard Swollen Side After Smartlipo?

           You may have residual fluid or a chronic fluid collection, but an exam will help determine this.  Swelling will take weeks to months to resolve depending upon the amount that is liposuctioned.  I do think that based upon the skin laxity and contour, tummy tuck may give the best result in the future.   If you are unhappy in 3 to 6 months, find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of liposuction procedures, liposuction revision procedures, and tummy tucks each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 492 reviews

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