Swelling 4 months after lipo is probably permanent
We all get shorter as we age. I'll bet you are an inch or two shorter than you were when you graduated from high school. We shorten in the spine and that accordians the excess skin around the waist. Everyone gets some redundant skin around the waist eventually and that used to be called a "spare tire" Superficial lipo can shrink the skin a little if done expertly. Other skin shrinking devices like laser and RF are a waste of money for this. Don't go there. It would have helped if you had worn a strap around your waist for the first 3 months. It's too late now. Dr Foster
The issue may be skin laxity
All patients get swelling after liposuction. My take is that most of the swelling subsides within the first 4-6 weeks after surgery. Some plastic surgeons recommend compression garments to speed up the process and to prevent fluid collections (seromas). After the swelling subsides, some patients are left with loose skin. A small number of these patients will improve as the skin continues to contract during the first 6-9 months after surgery. Some patients will need to undergo a skin excision procedure in order to remedy the problem. The downside of a skin excision procedure can be the scar. Unfortunately, we are yet to develop a sure fire way to tighten skin in these situations without excisional surgery.
Swelling after liposuction
Follow your surgeon's advice. Do not do anything for at least 2 months (6 months after surgery).
From the photo, the swelling is unusual but not unheard of. The tissues are probably firm. Numbness is normal with swelling. Massage may help.
It is distressing. You may need additional treatment but it is too early to do anything now. Good luck.
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This will require surgery , tummy tuck , to fix . It needs precise skin removal, scar improvement, and liposuction to complete the etching. This wasn't done properly to begin with. I suggest you see a hi definition body sculpting expert. Best, Dr. Emer.
Swelling and scarring after liposuction
Hi and thanks for the question.
I would follow your surgeons advice. Corticosteroid injections are a reasonable treatment option. Manual massage to the scarred areas may help as well. I would give it more time, however. You are still early in the surgical healing period.
Swelling Four Months After Abdominal Liposuction?
The posted photos demonstrate a rare complication of superficial liposuction with abdominal etching. This appears as a residual seroma turned scar like. The treatment for now is external ultrasound therapy and aggressive lymphatic massages for at least 4 months. When and if the tissue softens than consider a skin only abdominoplasty. Forget about the etching. Sorry for your complications
Swelling after liposuction
Some swelling can be permanent and I believe yours may be. It looks like you had etching to mimic good abs and you may have had Vaser or Laser. Some of these procedures can lead to even longer periods of swelling than traditional liposuction so it is worth waiting as long as possible before any revision is considered. I think you may indeed need a tummy tuck type procedure, but a long scar is the trade off. I am always very conservative with any steroid injections as they thin tissues and can compromise healing at a later time. Get at least 2 opinions and it may be worth it to travel outside your area to the most qualified person available. Best of luck.
Waiting is hard to do but the best course of action
While it is understandable for you and your surgeon to remain vigilant, waiting for at least another two months is the best course of action.
Swelling in lower abdomen
It might be swelling, it might be fluid. Hard to say without an exam. If swelling should improve with time. Is it loose skin? Perhaps. Need an exam. Good luck,.