Liposuction Complications and Solutions

What is arguably one of the fastest growing and most popular procedures in plastic and cosmetic surgery is Liposuction. Liposuction has begun to replace what used to be surgeons cutting and removing tissue and now replacing it with suctioning and removing fat through a surgical suction cannula tube.

Liposuction has also become very common in procedures where the same fat that is removed can now be placed in other areas to create size, volume, and fullness. This is especially common with BBL‘s or Brazilian butt lifts. Liposuction can also be used to harvest fat from non-desirable areas and placing them in areas that need volume like the face, extremities, and more popularly placing fat in the breast as an alternative to breast implants.

Liposuction, although an alternate solution to traditional weight loss, surgical approach, and cosmetic shaping, also comes with its complications.

Complications after liposuction can include irregularity of the surface, skin looseness, contour irregularities, necrosis (death of fat) or volume loss of the harvested fat, and

Liposuction Fibrosis is a condition in which the area receiving Liposuction may produce hard lumps, knots, dips, contour irregularities, or a feeling of a lumpy knot underneath the skin. It can create the appearance of a cottage cheese like Tummy and was made very popular by certain Hollywood celebrities showing their stomachs’ after- liposuction result. Actress Tara Reid from the popular movie American Pie was one of those seen.–335307134734427845/

Liposuction fibrosis is the result of certain trauma and tissue irritation during the procedure as well as a patient’s genetic predisposition, after surgery recovery, and a few other factors that can be linked to a persons ethnicity or genetics.

The good news is there a few key points to remember after your liposuction that can help reduce the likelihood of liposuction fibrosis or hard lumps and knots.

  1. Enroll in lymphatic drainage or Lymphatic Therapy to be done within weeks after your surgical procedure. That’s not only applies the liposuction but almost all surgical procedures.
  2. A properly fitted compression garment that gets changed at least every 4 to 6 weeks for a new smaller and tighter size. The standard after liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries is three total garments all refitted as the size and contour of your body changes.
  3. Stand up stretch out and don’t sit in flexed position for long periods of time. Many patients return to work fairly quickly after liposuction and tummy tuck and prolonged sitting causes bands, cords, or pockets of fluid to develop. The easiest solution is stand up stretch out every 30 minutes and straighten out and flatten your garment
  4. Get fitted for the right after surgery garment. White Velcro abdominal binders are fine to hold drains and bandages within a week or two after surgery recovery but these are not meant for long-term lymphatic drainage in the prevention of fluid. They can actually work against that and create a tourniquet effect and pooling of fluids and create lines and dips above the white Velcro binder and below. Make sure your garment is fitted by a clinical professional custom fitted to your size with a measuring tape and stay away from grab a box off-the-shelf type of sizing.
  5. Pre-schedule your after surgery recovery with a qualified licensed individual. Centers like the Center are post plastic and cosmetic surgery experts and can help schedule your lymphatic drainage, help you get fitted for the appropriate garments and compression outfits, and guide you from day one on how to get the best results after plastic and cosmetic surgery.

You can schedule a virtual evaluation from anywhere in the world should you be suffering from any of these conditions or you have an upcoming surgery and would like to pre-schedule your after surgery recovery program. The five day fast track recovery program sees patients from all over the world and can get you scheduled and treated in as little as five days.

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