I had an abdominoplasty 5 years ago without liposuction. Would it be successful despite my scar?

I had abdominoplasty 5 years ago and the surgeon said I didn't need liposuction on my scar both sides at hips there is fat that I cannot get rid of with diet and exercise so I'm now Considering liposuction will this work successfully as its right on my scar?

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I had an abdominoplasty 5 years ago without liposuction. Would it be successful despite my scar?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. This is the surgical procedure that revolutionized cosmetic surgery becoming one of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Subcutaneous tissue or fat is removed in order to contour the body in a way that is harmonious and pleasing to the senses. It can be performed in almost all regions of the body such as the neck, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms and ankles. Usually done through a small incision in the skin through which a cannula connected to a vacuum is applied, it can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After liposuction your body is going to be really swollen for at least 2 to 4 months after your surgery. It is important for you to wear your compression garment for at least 6 months, the first 3 months 24/7 and then the last 3 months at least 12 hours per day for your body get use to not having the faja for so many time. When you remove it, your body can get swollen and also you can have pain. Remember to also compress your body to prevent a seroma which is an accumulation of liquid that has to be drained, it is hard to touch and also really painful. Bruises are completely normal for almost 3 months from surgery, that’s why is better for you to use a bruising cream and apply it all over your body 3 times a day. To prevent bad circulation and swollen legs, use compression socks. Brazilian butt lift can be performed with the same procedure and for a month it will be swollen and it will drop a little bit without losing it’s shape if you use your garment.. If you’re going to perform liposuction on your inner, outer, anterior, lateral, postetior thighs, be careful and consult with your surgeon what’s best for you, sometimes we have more extra skin than fat, that can cause severe sagginess on our legs, which can be only be reversed performing a thigh lift…

Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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You may benefit from a liposuction

Hi. Thanks for the question. Ideally you should benefit from a liposuction. In someone who has had a tummy tuck, and is undergoing liposuction, it is technically demanding but not tough for the trained surgeons. It will be great if you can send me photos so that I can advice appropriately. 

Karthik Ram, MRCS, DNB
India Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction after abdominoplasty

Liposuction in an area with scarring can be more difficult and less predictable than in "virgin" areas.  That said, depending upon your specifics, there are cannulas and equipment, e.g., laser-assisted liposuction, that would make it possible to remove the unwanted subcutaneous fat in the area of prior surgery.  It is not uncommon to have some lateral fullness after a tummy tuck and liposuction, often under local anesthesia, works well.

Samuel Beran, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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