30 days after liposuction, abdomen still hard, swollen, normal?

It is 30 days after liposuction of abdomen and flanks. It feels like my stomach and my back are stapled together. I cannot stand up straight, because my stomach is pulling my back. My stomach is very hard, u can feel ridges of hardened muscle underneath, on my abdomen. Should I go and seek a 2nd opinion? My P.S. is not giving any answers.

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Abdominal liposuction - still hard after a month

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Thank you for asking about your abdominal liposuction.

  • I am sorry to hear you are healing this way.
  • If things are slowly improving, all may be healing normally although unusually slowly.
  • You will be swollen at least 6 months after liposuction - some people are very aware of the residual swelling.
  • But there is no harm in a second opinion, if you think your surgeon is missing something.

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

30 days after liposuction, abdomen still hard, swollen, normal

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You are going to have post op swelling from liposuction for 6 months to a year. Like stated below, you should have been given some sort of post operative protocol in order to help break it up and rid of the "hardness" faster. Typically self massage or rolling the area with a trim size paint roller several times a day helps. There are several radio frequency style treatments available that use heat to help rid of extra swelling as well.  

Post Liposuction Swelling/Seroma -- Try Massage, Exilis Ultra/Cellutone or Venus Legacy With Your Compression

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At this time you should be massaging, starting to exercise/yogo/use foam roller, get RF procedures with cellutone/z wave shock therapy.  All of this should be part of your post operative protocol.  If you are unhappy, please see an expert.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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