I am 3 weeks post chin/neck smart lipo, my lower lip is not yet moving properly, and I have a dent in my chin. (photo)

I had Lipo April 11, I have been faithful on the garmets I have to wear, massage, and roller...my lower lip is not fully functional, and if I'm still my chin looks normal, but if I move, speak, try to smile I get a dime size indentation in my lower right side of my chin, on my face...should I b worried, they tell me 6 weeks to see improvement.

Doctor Answers 2


Nerve injuries can happen from liposuction.

They are generally not permanent.

Most patients will see improvement between four to eight weeks.

Sometimes it can take much longer.

Keep in close contact with your plastic surgeon.

It's important for your plastic surgeon to document with photographs or videos.

This will allow assessing improvements as you get better.

Best of luck,

Mats Hagstrom, M.D.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Nerve injury 3 weeks after neck liposuction may improve

Thank you for your question.  You're still early in recovery and your nerve function that is causing your lip and chin dysfunction may recover with time.  Hopefully we'll see some recovery at 6 weeks.  If there is no recovery of 6 weeks you need to discuss the possibility of direct current electrical stimulation of the muscles with your plastic surgeon.

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