Is a Tingling Sensation Normal After Lipo? 4 Weeks PO

I had lipo on inner and outer thighs and full tummy tuck 4 weeks ago with lipo on flanks. The last couple days I have experienced some tingling in my right leg from calf to thigh and some in my right arm. It primarily happens at night but now starting to happen during the day. Is this just from the nerves waking up?

Doctor Answers 9

Tingling sensation after liposuction is normal

Tingling sensation, itching, buring, electric shock, sharp pain can happen after surgery and they represent nerve healing.  During the surgery nerve fibres have been irritated or injured and as they are healing they are randomly firing.  These generation various sensations that can be interpreted by the brain in many different ways.  The discomfort tends to improve and resolve over time but sometimes medication is required to sooth very irritated or painful nerves.
Martin Jugenburg, MD

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Tingling After Liposuction

It is not unusual to experience some tingling in areas which have been liposuctioned a month later.  This could explain the tingling you have felt in your thigh, but not the tingling which you have experienced in your arm.  The latter is most likely related to positioning during sleep or some other cause which could also explain the thigh sensation.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction - Tingling at 4 Weeks Post-Op

Right thigh and calf - yes; right arm - no.  It is normal to have any of a range of sensations in and around the areas that have been operated upon, particularly with lipo, and that includes the areas distal to (past or farther away from) the areas that had surgery.  So if you had your thighs done, then having tingling in your thigh and calf is to be expected.  The right arm, however, is a different issue.  I can't think of a reason why you would have numbness there without having had surgery, and particularly at 4 weeks.  Speak with your PS and, unless there's some info missing, contact your internist to discuss these symptoms.  I'm assuming that you're otherwise ok (ie, no fever, chills, sweats, other problems, etc).

I hope that this helps, and good luck,
Dr. E

Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Is a Tingling Sensation Normal After Lipo? 4 Weeks PO

Maybe I'm missing something in your posting but you did not have any surgery on your right arm, correct? I disagree with my expert posting colleagues as for a non surgery area having "tingling" after 1 month. Yes, in surgery areas I would be comfortable with that and just waiting. BUT I believe you should be seen by your PS or Primary to evaluate the arm issue. I'm concerned that other serious issue could be in play. Seek in person advise. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Sensory changes with liposuction

Liposuction may cause some temporary numbness of regions treated. Often at 6-8 weeks and sooner, strange sensory sensations like tingling may develop as these nerves "wake up."

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Tingling after liposuction

Any sensory alterations during the healing process, including tingling, is normal and part of the process. The body is reacting to the swelling. This should dissipate over time so be patient.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Tingling sensation experienced 1 month following liposuction

The tingling sensation that you are experiencing in your liposuctioned sites is entirely normal. It is a result of the nerves having been irritated, stretched and/or bruised from the procedure and are now regenerating/recouping. Most of this usually resolves within several months though some individuals can still experience changes at a year.

The situation is your arm would be unrelated to the liposuction elsewhere.


Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Tingling Sensation after Liposuction

Thank you for the question.

The tingling sensation you are experiencing after liposuction is very likely normal "recovery” of the sensory nerves involved in the area of liposuction surgery. You will find that gradually over the course of many weeks to months the sensory changes will dissipate.  If the sensory changes were sent or are  associate with other symptoms you may want to visit with your plastic surgeon for in person examination.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Tingling after liposuction

a tingling sensation is very common after a liposuction procedure. It happens because small nerves are bruised or pulled by the cannula that is used to remove the fat. In time, as the tissues heal and the swelling goes down, the tingling sensation will dissipate, but occasional twinges can occur for a few months and still be normal.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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