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The Secret to Fixing Liposuction Scars

So you’ve decided to get liposuction but there’s still one thing holding you back: the scars. You are wondering, does liposuction leave scars?

Liposuction scars come from incisions that allow for the insertion of tubes called cannulas into your body. As the cosmetic surgeon directs these tubes to the various targeted fat deposits, fatty tissue is suctioned out. The first time you unwrap your bandages after the procedure, you may be shocked at the amount of bruising and swelling; but this is completely normal for a surgical procedure. Your body should largely return to normal (sans fat, of course) within the month. The scars left behind are typically small and inconspicuous. The size and visibility of the lipo scars can vary depending on factors such as the technique used, the skill of the surgeon, and an individual’s unique healing process.

Do Liposuction Scars go Away?

Liposuction scarring and long-term blemishes can be minimized or even avoided entirely. If you’re considering getting a liposuction surgery, it is important to have realistic expectations about the results and risks of this body contouring procedure.

Visible scarring depends on your unique situation: the age and genetics of your skin. Some lipo patients’ scars will disappear completely by themselves while other patients can continue to have visible scars that get darker (hyperpigmentation) and more prominent. However, visible scars (including hyperpigmentation scars) will fade the next six months.

But there are things we can do to get the least noticeable scarring with the best liposuction results. So here’s how we go about fixing or even completely avoiding liposuction scars.

Fixing Liposuction Scars

These are the secrets the best cosmetic surgeons use to minimize visible scarring after liposuction procedure.

The marks of liposuction surgery are few and tiny

Broadly speaking, each targeted area of fat will require two tiny incisions . These cuts are usually 4 – 10mm in length less than a centimeter! The number and size of the cuts (and the corresponding number and size of the scars) will largely depend on the liposuction technique that your surgeon has decided is best for you.

We place them in discreet places

As far as possible, in our clinic, plastic & cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kenneth Dickie, will place the liposuction incisions in the most discreet places. Long before the actual liposuction procedure, your surgeon will have given tremendous thought on the best place to make the incisions. Depending on what area of your body is being sculpted by removing fat deposits, we can camouflage the incision in places with natural creases and cover, such as below the bikini line or in the navel.

Professional support during the healing process

We monitor closely and support the healing process after liposuction surgery. Depending on your specific case, the cosmetic surgeon may decide to suture the incision, wrap it in silicone sheeting or surgical paper tape, or leave it completely alone. You will also be advised to wear a special compression garment for up to a month.
If prescribed medication is necessary, the doctor may also recommend antibiotics or an ointment. These best practices have been designed to support the healing process and minimize bruising, swelling, and scarring.

Follow-up visits with your doctor will ensure that everything is healing correctly and that the scarring is kept to an invisible minimum.

No one is going to notice them

Everyone has blemishes, moles, and scars on their body why worry about yours? They’re all going to be too busy admiring your new figure to go searching for tiny, hidden scars.

You can always have the lipo scars removed

And if you really want to get rid of your liposuction scars (or any scars, for that matter), there are further cosmetic surgery options. For raised or darker scars, laser therapy can be particularly effective, zapping the blemishes right off your body.

Dr. Kenneth Dickie offers patients a personalized approach to cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical procedures. We proudly offer plastic surgery services to Barrie, Collingwood, Sudbury, Orillia, Huntsville, Bracebridge, Toronto and surrounding areas.

Schedule a personal consultation, or call us at the phone number posted at the top of the page.

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