Liposuction Scars:
What You Need to Know

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About Scars

Unfortunately, scars are inevitable in any plastic surgery.
But the good news is that liposuction scars are so tiny and inconspicuous, you might not even notice them.
They also heal well in general, allowing you to wear whatever you want without worrying about visible scars.
Learn more about liposuction scars as you read the rest of this page.

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The Liposuction Process

The goal of liposuction is to get rid of stubborn fats that remain resistant to diet and exercise. It isn’t supposed to be a weight loss procedure.

In this surgery, your anesthesiologist first places you under general or local anesthesia. General anesthesia is the preferred choice for large volume liposuction, but local anesthesia with sedatives is enough for small volume lipo.

Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your plastic surgeon creates small incisions in the area to be treated. As much as possible, your surgeon places these incisions in inconspicuous areas to make them hard to see.

He then connects a suction device to a stainless steel instrument known as a cannula. The cannula is inserted into the incisions and the fatty areas between the skin and muscle, where it breaks down excess fat and suctions it out using a suction pump or a large syringe.

What You Can Expect from Liposuction Scars

What You Can Expect from Liposuction Scars

Because liposuction involves incisions, expect to see multiple but small scars when you wake up after your surgery. The amount or degree of scarring still depends on some factors, like your plastic surgeon’s technique and your genetics, which determines your scarring tendency.

Immediately after the procedure, your scars might look a little discolored – a condition known as dyschromia. Your scars may look a bit hyperpigmented or hypopigmented, but don’t worry because this is common among fresh incisions. In time, they will eventually match the color of your surrounding skin.

Possible Scar Complications

Possible Scar Complications

As previously mentioned, you might suffer from hyperpigmented scars right after your liposuction.

Hyperpigmentation is often a side effect of inflammation, which is the skin’s natural reaction to any injury or incision. The darker your complexion is, the more intense your hyperpigmentation is. It may last for up to four years. If you have a light complexion, you might still suffer from hyperpigmented scars, but it might resolve in about six months.

Another possible complication is hypopigmentation, which happens due to trauma at your incision site. Remember that in lipo, your plastic surgeon has to move the cannula in and out of your incisions to suction out fat effectively. This can create excessive friction, which might kill some of the surrounding pigment cells and cause hypopigmentation.

The development of keloid scars is also a possibility, although it isn’t common in small lipo scars. Keloid scars grow beyond the boundaries of your original incision site, creating a lumpy and brownish scar appearance. If left untreated, they might continue to thicken and grow indefinitely.

If you experience any of these complications from lipo scars, don’t hesitate to contact your plastic surgeon for a quick follow-up consult.

Taking Care of Your Liposuction Scarring

Even though your lipo scars are small and will fade in time, it’s still important to take care of them to ensure proper healing. Check out the following tips to help your scars heal well and fade faster:

Taking Care of Your Liposuction Scars

Follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions on incision care.

Your plastic surgeon will give you instructions on proper hygiene and wound care right after your liposuction. Don’t forget to follow those instructions religiously and monitor your incisions for any signs of infection.

Avoid exposure to
ultraviolet light.

Exposure to ultraviolet rays can thicken and darken your scars, so make sure that you cover them with at least an SPF 30 sunscreen all the time, especially when you’re going out. Do this for at least a year after your lipo.

Apply scar treatments.

You may also ask your plastic surgeon about any topical scar treatments that he can recommend once your wounds have closed.
Most plastic surgeons recommend silicone-containing gels, creams, or sheets. Silicone hydrates your scar tissues and prevents the production of excess collagen that can thicken them.
You can also apply products with cocoa butter and vitamin E on your scars to keep them moisturized and improve their appearance.

Consider surgery.

In the unlikely event that you experience unpleasant liposuction scarring, you might want to try having steroid injections or undergoing laser surfacing.
Steroid injections can get rid of raised, thick, and red scars. The number of sessions depends on the severity and size of your scars. Laser surfacing replaces your scarred skin with healthy collagen to improve its texture and color. Scar revision surgery and punch grafting are usually recommended for severe scarring. It’s best to discuss these options with your plastic surgeon a year after your lipo.

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