So you’ve decided to get liposuction but there’s still one thing holding you back: the scars. However, liposuction scarring and long-term blemishes can be minimized or even avoided entirely—and these are the secrets the best cosmetic surgeons use to do it.
Liposuction scars come from incisions that allow for the insertion of tubes called cannulas into your body. As the doctor directs these tubes to the various targeted fat deposits, fat is suctioned out. The first time you unwrap your bandages after the procedure, you may be shocked at the amount of bruising and swelling—this is completely normal! Your body should largely return to normal (sans fat, of course) within the month.
So what about the scars? It really depends on your unique situation. Some patients’ scars will disappear completely by themselves while others can continue to get darker and more prominent. But there are things we can do to get the least noticeable scarring with the best liposuction results. So here’s we go about fixing—or even completely avoiding—liposuction scars.
The marks 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, the incisions are made in the most discreet places. Long before the actual 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, we can camouflage the incision in places with natural creases and cover, such as below the bikini line or in the navel.
We monitor and support the healing process
Depending on your specific case, your doctor 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. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics or an ointment. All of this has 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 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 treatment can be particularly effective, zapping the blemishes right off your body.
Dr. Kenneth Dickie offers patients a personable approach to cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical procedures. We proudly offer plastic surgery services to Barrie, Collingwood, Sudbury, Orillia, Huntsville, Bracebridge and surrounding areas.
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