Surgical techniques have improved dramatically over the last few years, so it’s no wonder stomach lipo is becoming so popular. Liposuction is the most popular body contouring procedure, and stomach liposuction is one of the most requested surgeries. The latest techniques ensure surgeons can remove excess fat more safely and effectively than ever before. As a result, individuals can improve their physical appearance and their self-confidence in one fell swoop.
Yet, after stomach liposuction, some people see little difference in their appearance. Others even see lumps and bumps in the treated areas. To truly understand why dimpling occurs after surgery, it’s vital to know what happens after lipo. You should also be aware of how long you need to wait for recovery to take place. This will let you know any potential complications and how long it takes to see the results.
Take Time to Recover
Although the surgeon removes excess fat from the body during lipo, you won’t see the procedure’s result immediately. Right after the surgery and during the first few weeks, you will experience swelling. This obscures the procedure’s outcome. During this recovery stage, you will see some lumps and bumps. In the majority of cases, they will diminish over time. The final result will eventually be recognizable and will look just how you wished.
Stomach Liposuction and Lumps
Lumps aren’t uncommon after stomach liposuction. Skin irregularities similar in appearance to cellulite may appear for a couple of weeks after the procedure. These may even persist for several months.
Lumps following lipo are especially common in older patients and people with poor elasticity in their skin. Skin that has stretch marks will also be more likely to experience irregularities post-lipo.
Why Do Lumps Form After Lipo?
Most commonly bumps and lumps form after lipo because of fluid accumulation underneath the skin. This, in turn, causes inflammation or swelling. During the procedure, the cannula makes tunnels underneath the skin. These spaces then become full of bodily fluids. This results in irregular swelling. Thus, the surface becomes bumpy. Thanks to the compression garment, the tunnels will gradually collapse. It will press down the skin and settle it. Then, the skin will fit the musculature beneath.
In a few cases, blood accumulating under the skin may cause bumps. This is a localized hematoma. This will improve within a year as the blood becomes absorbed. Alternatively, you can have it removed surgically.
In some cases, residual fat will remain after the procedure, causing lumps. These are small and will, again, gradually settle.
Can You Treat Lumps That Appear After Lipo?
Usually, lumps and bumps that appear after stomach liposuction won’t last for long. The best solution is to wait and see if the dimpling resolves itself over time. If you follow your surgeon’s instructions post-surgery, you should eventually notice the lumps reducing and disappearing. However, if the lumps don’t disappear, you should see your surgeon again. He or she will be able to advise you as to the best course of action. Some therapies, such as MLD therapy, can help reduce swelling and scar tissue formation quickly. In a few cases, more liposuction may be necessary.
Preventing Bumps and Lumps
It’s important to choose a skilled and experienced surgeon to have the best chance of preventing dimpling. A lack of experience and skill increases the likelihood of lumps and bumps occurring. When you choose Artlipo, you can be confident that Dr. Su is an expert in stomach lipo. You can rest assured your procedure will be in the safest of hands.
Dr. Thomas Su, is the owner and cosmetic surgeon of Artistic Lipo. He has led our full-time clinic specializing in awake-only liposuction since 2007. Dr. Su began his medical career in internal medicine, practicing that until 2005, when he began to provide a full spectrum of non-invasive cosmetic procedures.