Are the Hard/painful Lumps Normal and How Long for Them to Go Away?

I had VASER lipo completed 4 weeks ago. It seems like every odd day I look great and every even day I look like crap. I know that my recovery is long however I don't remember being told about the painful hard lumps. I am eating right, excercising and feel skinny however look like crap. My Dr. told me to wear my compression for 3-weeks 24-hours a day. I certainly felt much better with it on and wonder if I should put it back on. I wonder if it would help he bumps? Any recommendations??

Doctor Answers 5


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In our practice we have our patients wear the compression garment for at least 3 months after surgery. We also recommend that they message the area where you feel the lumps to break down the scar tissue. Without an exam its really hard to be more accurate.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Lumps and Wearing Your Compression Garment After Vaser Lipo

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The #lumps may be diminish with time and self-massage may help. If not, your doctor can provide suggestions for this concern. In-office medi-spa treatments may be an option. But, it's best to be patient in the meantime. 

Swelling after #Vaser liposuction is not uncommon. Gentle #walking may increase circulation and help to alleviate swelling. But you must not strain or push yourself. Also, if you were provided a post-procedure #garment, be sure you are wearing it until prescribed otherwise by your doctor. The purpose of the post-procedure #garment is to provide some gentle #support and to reduce swelling. If it feels too tight or causes pain, take it off. Many patients wear the #elastic garment for several weeks after procedures, as directed by their doctor; some choose to wear it longer for several months for comfort.

The final results of the procedure are typically most noticeable 2-4 months following the #Vaser. So, you must have patience. The swelling will gradually diminish while the contours of the treated area(s) can continue to improve up to one year post procedure; becoming more apparent in appearance. If you have concerns about your healing, or pain that you question to be unusual, it is important to call your plastic surgeon to discuss these further asked to be examined. 

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Wear the garment

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It is normal for there to be some lumps in the initial stages following Vaser Liposuction, however they will go away with time. Some swelling may persist up to 6 months after this procedure and in most cases patients benefit from wearing the compression garmet for several months post-surgery. I generally reccomend that my patients wear the garment for 4-6 months after Vaser Lipsuction and it can still still help even if worn only at times.

Andrew Y. Kleinman, MD
Westchester Plastic Surgeon

Post-lipo care and garments

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Hard lumps can develop after vaserr lipo, massage and lymphatic drainage may help. A compression garment may be beneficial, but you should speak with your surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Post-lipo care is essential to proper recovery

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VASER lipo delivers a great deal of heat into the tissue and creates a deep burn that produces a great deal of tissue fluid or seroma. This is especially true if the VASER is used on aggressive settings such as continuous or 90-100%. In our practice, we used first and then a second stage guarment with 3 weeks of intensive post-lipo care which remove all fluid and allow for a more predictable and natural looking soft tissue healing and skin contraction.


Edwin Ishoo, MD
Cambridge Facial Plastic Surgeon

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