Which Type of Liposuction Leaves the Smallest Scar?

How big are typical liposuction scars? Are there any forms of liposuction that leve no scar at all? I am 6'4" and only slightly overweight. I am interested in getting liposuction around my stomach, buttocks, thighs and face...I was curious if its okay to get numerous body areas treated at one time and if there is a limit to how much fat they can remove in one treatment?

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Liposuction - Scars and Volume Limitations

There is NO scarless liposuction and as yet there is no way to remove large amounts of fat without surgery and the use of suction tubes.

The length of liposuction scars is determined by the caliber of the suction tubes being used. Most scars are extremely short and when healed hardly noticeable. For complete liposuction, multiple access ports are used to allow suctioning from various directions to reduce the likelihood of waviness.

Removing more than 5 liters of fat as an outpatient is not recommended and is illegal in Florida. Although larger volumes are suctioned, they are best be done with the patient remaining in the hospital / clinic for monitoring. The more areas are treated, the more fat is removed, the more sore you will be and the more limited your mobility may be. This may predispose you to pneumonia and developing blood clots. You wish to considering the greater safety of doing your liposuction in easier to handle stages.


Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction Scar

I use microcanulas that are a few millimeters in diameter for tumescent liposuction under mild sedation which leaves a negligible scar. We are able to hide the incisions in natural skin creases. All liposuction treatments, whether with a laser (laser-lipo) or with no laser, have the same small scar from the port of entry site. It is best to have a consultation with a board certified surgeon to assess your medical history as this also influences scaring. Best, Dr. Khorasani

Hooman Khorasani, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Liposuction scars depend on size of canula used

Micro canulas no more than few millimeters in diameter is typically used in a pure tumescent liposuction under mild sedation and typically leave minimal scar. Larger canulas are typically used in traditional liposuction done under general anesthesia so that the procedure can be completed quicker but can leave behind larger liposuction scar. For a fair skin person, the scar typically is not very noticeable a year after liposuction. On the other hand, ethnic skin may experience prolonged post-inflammatory pigmentation which can make the liposuction stand out for some time.

William Ting, MD
Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
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Size of scars from liposuction

There is no way to produce an invisible scar if liposuction is done. The insertion scar can be very very small but when you stretch the skin even a year after, you can see the little fine white line. The diameter of the cannula, the round instrument used to aspirate the fat, is the determining factor in the size of the scar. Some procedures such as ultrasonic liposuction use larger cannula so the scars may be slightly bigger, but for tumescent liposuction or other types of conventional liposuction, including power-assisted liposuction, the size of the cannula is the cause of the lenghth of the scar. Most liposuction scars heal well, if not, they can often be improved.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Liposuction Scars

Liposuction incisions (by any method) are very small - less than 3/4 cm. The formation of eventual scar really depends on your body, your health and nutrition, prevention of infection and your surgeon's handling of the tissues. Many patients end up with hardly any visible scar while other patients undergoing the same technique of liposuction do have visible scars. The good thing is that we are able to hide the incisions inside your belly button and in natural skin folds. Good luck with your procedure.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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The best scars from liposuction come from the best surgeons.

It makes no difference which type of liposuction machine is used. It is the good surgeon who makes the best scar which is always small.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Large Volume liposuction with microcannula or minimally invasice techniques.

There have been exxtreme reports of liposuction in which 18 liters have been removed but this has been typically performed in a hospital setting. You are requesting two diametircally opposed procedures. One is massive fat removal. The other is minimal incisions. The smaller the incision, the longer the time it will take to extract the fat. While you could attempt to remove the fat essestially with large needle like cannulas which require no repair, the time it would take would be impractical and likely dividied into several sessions. I would shy away from the non-invasive fat removal techniques i.e., mesotherapy at this point in time.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction leaves the smallest scar

By far the smallest incisions to preform liposuction is with the SMART LIPO system. Only a few millimeter incision is needed to gain access.

From MIAMI Dr. B

All forms of liposuction leave only tiny scars

The simple answer to your question is that the size of the skin incisions depends upon the size of the cannulas - the instruments that are inserted to vacuum out the fat. Most of these are pretty small in diameter, around 2-3 millimeters. Additional instruments such as ultrasound probes (VASER) are larger and require a skin protector insert, so they will be a little longer. We have seen ads here claiming that laser lipo is better because no stiches are required, but that is also true for lipo without lasers.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Scars from Liposuction or ZERONA™

All Liposuction procedures leave scars. However, these are very small and usually disappear. I did a woman’s neck 1 ½ weeks ago, and could not find her scars this week. As has been said before in this forum, it is not the Liposuction method that makes the difference in your results, it is the experience of your surgeon.

Therefore, pick an experienced surgeon and let him decide on the method. The scars are about equal between methods when done properly. There is, however, another method of losing fat that does not leave any scars, and has no down time except for 6 office visits This is through use of ZERONA™, a low level, non-invasive LASER.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon
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