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Does Liposuction Leave Scars?

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What You Need To Know Before Getting Lipo

Liposuction is a surgical technique that removes fat deposits from various parts of the body. It has been used for years to remove body fat from problem regions that have not responded to exercise or diet. The liposuction procedure can be performed on any part of your body where you feel like you have excess fat, but it is most commonly done in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.

The technique involves making tiny incisions in your body to disrupt fat cells, which are then removed through a cannula (a tube-like instrument). In this article, we will look at whether liposuction leaves scars, as well as the benefits and alternatives.

Lipo Incisions and Scarring

One of the most frequently asked questions about liposuction is whether it leaves scars, visible scars. It is important to know that any time you puncture the skin there will be scarring, even if it can only be seen with a microscope.

The most pressing issue that people are concerned about is whether the scar will be apparent to the naked eye. Although liposuction is minimally invasive, it does include some small incisions or punches. However, the risk of visible scars from liposuction is minimal; It is not something that most people should be concerned about.

Factors That Affect Scarring

Although not all lipo patients acquire visible scars as a consequence of the treatment, some do. The appearance of your procedure site depends on a variety of factors, including your skin type and condition (which is influenced by things like age and genetics). If you develop a scar from liposuction it will most likely be a small dot.

Some patients may have hyperpigmentation at the incision site. This is when melanin builds up in one area of the skin, causing it to become darker. This is more common with people who have darker skin, but it can happen to anyone. Hyperpigmentation is a possibility, so you need to be okay with it before undergoing the treatment. Hyperpigmentation scars will gradually fade with time. After lipo surgery, it’s critical to keep the procedure site out of the sun in order for complete healing to take place.

Collagen - Factors That Affect Scarring

Keloid scars can occur when a person’s skin produces too much collagen during the healing process, resulting in a raised scar. Although this is not usually the case with tiny incisions used during liposuction, if you have a predisposition to keloid scars, discuss it with your surgeon ahead of time.

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What Do Liposuction Scars Look Like?

Liposuction scars are generally small and difficult to spot. They often start out as a tiny pink dot and eventually fade away over a period of months.

Do Liposuction Scars Go Away?

Liposuction scars usually go away after about a year. After you have the treatment, it is very important to take care of the procedure area. The most common issues include dyschromia and hyperpigmentation, which can lead to the scarred area becoming darker or lighter, respectively. There is another type of scar called atrophic. This is when the scars sink deep into the surface of your skin. Atrophic occurs when there is less fat or muscle in that area but this type of scarring is quite rare.

Scars that are slightly raised on the surface of the skin, known as hypertrophic, may appear this way at first but tend to decrease with time. Keloid is an irregular-shaped scar and tends to be hard to touch. It can also appear raised and is either a pink or purple color. If you have a tendency towards keloid scarring that you have noticed from a past injury, inform the surgeon or your cosmetic practitioner.

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Alternatives to Liposuction

Wondering about alternatives to liposuction? There are a few less invasive treatments that offer comparable effects with a decreased risk of scarring and invasiveness. These treatments are frequently known as “non-invasive body contouring.” Although these techniques may help to reduce fat, they seldom have the same effects as liposuction. However, for people who do not want liposuction, these non-surgical treatments may be an alternative. There are a few different types of nonsurgical methods that target fat cells.

Here are a few alternatives to liposuction:

  • Cryolipolysis. Exposure to cold
  • High-intensity focused ultrasound. Sound waves
  • Radiofrequency energy. Radio waves
  • Light wave therapy. Low-level laser therapy

Does Liposuction Have Permanent Results?

Liposuction destroys fat cells permanently from the body but having the procedure does not guarantee that your weight will be permanent over time. Furthermore, while liposuction will eliminate existing fat cells, it does not prevent new ones from growing.

If you gain the weight back, your old body shape can return. You might have new fat cells that go to other parts of your body. To keep your new slim physique, follow a nutritious diet after liposuction. Here are some nutritious foods to consider:

  • Fruits and vegetables. Include a variety of leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, berries, and fruits in your diet.
  • Whole grains. Some examples of healthy grains include oats, quinoa, and wild rice.
  • Lean protein. Consider eating fish, chicken, beans, peanut butter, and lentils.
  • Low-fat dairy. Examples include Greek yogurt, skim milk, and cottage cheese.

Also, be sure to follow a healthy exercise routine.

How Long Does It Take Lipo Scars To Fade?

Healing times may vary from one person to the next, but most patients’ lipo scars have healed and begun to fade after four to six weeks. The scars will eventually fade from pink to a white or skin-colored tone over the following several weeks and months.

Benefits of Liposuction

Liposuction can provide many physical and mental health benefits to patients. These advantages include:

  • Removing fat cells
  • Improving the way you look in photos and clothes
  • Shedding fat that you have not been able to lose with diet and exercise
  • Boosting your self-esteem
  • Reducing health risks (such as diabetes)

Patients who are considering liposuction may be concerned about possible scarring, but most scarring is limited and fades with time. If you are considering liposuction in Miami, contact our lipo experts today. Our team is standing by to answer any questions about liposuction procedures so call us at (786) 452-8929.

Dr. John E. Nees, MD

Dr. John E. Nees, MD

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Dr. John E. Nees, MD specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery in Miami, FL


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