Swelling after liposuction?
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It is very unusual to have a return of swelling, and seroma is likely. Go see the doctor.
Best of luck!
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Is normal that you be swelling yet
Liposuction is a very traumatic procedure for the tissues. The lymphatic tissues, or the tiny vessels that remove fluid from the tissues, are significantly damaged during liposuction. It is this reason that the swelling lasts so long.
These tiny vessels need to reestablish themselves to remove this fluid.
This can take up to 6 months. However, significantly noticeable contour irregularities that need to be addressed will be visible sooner, ask to the doctor about wearing garmet, the best recover to you dear.
#Liposuction - Swelling after liposuction?
Swelling goes up and down during the recovery but the overall trend should be down (ie less swelling). I tell my patients that it's essentially two steps forward, one step back. Much of the swelling is down by about 4-6 weeks although it can take up to 6 months (and sometimes even longer) for all of it to dissipate.
However, having a sudden increase at this late stage of the recovery is a little unusual. I'm glad that the PA said that it's not a seroma - but you should speak with the PS directly, and arrange to be seen in person for that assessment. Non-invasive diagnostic tests include an ultrasound, and even a needle aspiration to check one or two areas is warranted for swelling that cannot otherwise be explained. Finally, you can consider a second opinion with a board-certified plastic surgeon for completeness.
I hope that this helps and good luck,
Dr. Alan Engler
Member of #RealSelf500
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