Liposuction scars develop when small incisions are made to insert specialised lipo cannulas to remove subcutaneous fat. These incisions are no more than 5 mm long, and liposuction scars are very small and barely noticeable once fully healed. Surgeons at Centre for Surgery have years of expertise in ensuring liposuction scars are as small as possible and positioned in natural body folds where possible. Each liposuction procedure involves making the minimum number of incisions necessary to access areas of stubborn fat and will protect the incisions during the surgery to ensure they heal properly.
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Some people may be at higher risk of developing excessive liposuction scarring such as hypertrophic scars and keloid scars. For these patients, we have specialised expertise in minimally invasive treatments for scar management. This means liposuction scars can become virtually invisible thanks to treatment with state-of-the-art technology such as Morpheus8.
Why does liposuction result in small scars?
Liposuction leaves small scars as the surgeon will need to access targeted areas of fat by making tiny skin incisions. All types of skin incisions will result in a scar. The purpose of the liposuction incisions is for the surgeon to effectively remove the desired amount of fat. Once the optimum amount of fat has been removed, the incisions will be closed with dissolvable stitches. After the procedure, the small liposuction scars may initially be red and slightly raised. Over time they will become a paler colour and eventually become a faint white line. At this point, they will be virtually invisible.
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How long do liposuction incisions take to heal?
Patients should wait at least six months for any liposuction incisions to heal fully. The degree of liposuction scarring will be determined by several factors, including genetics and your body’s normal response to surgical incision. The liposuction technique chosen may also influence the appearance of the scars. In addition, darker-skinned people may be at higher risk of developing excessive scarring. At Centre for Surgery, our surgeons have years of experience in improving the appearance of liposuction scars. They will take every precaution to position the incisions in natural skin folds where possible. Smoother results are more likely when surgeons use a gentle surgical technique to minimise unnecessary surgical trauma. This helps to make liposuction scars appear as inconspicuous as possible once fully healed.
Do liposuction scars go away?
Liposuction scars take at least six months to go away. Having said that, it is important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions to minimise the risk of excessive scarring and discolouration. The discolouration is more common in procedures which involve an aggressive surgical technique or in darker-skinned people. In a small number of cases, Lipo scars may develop hyperpigmentation. In other cases, scars may appear lighter than the surrounding skin, also known as hypopigmentation.
Less commonly, liposuction scars may appear sunken or atrophy due to loss of underlying subcutaneous fat. The most common types of scars of those that are slightly raised above the level of the surrounding skin and are also known as hypertrophic scars or keloid scars. Hypertrophic scars tend to improve over time with attentive after-care. Keloid scars can be more difficult to treat. Keloids often appear overgrown beyond the margins of the surgical incision and may have a purple or pink colour. If you have a history of keloid scarring from previous traumatic injuries to the skin, make sure to notify your surgeon about this at your in-person consultation.
What is the best way to get rid of fibrosis after liposuction?
Fibrosis after liposuction is a fairly common side effect and is related to the body’s healing response leading to localised areas of firmness beneath the skin. Extensive fibrosis is more likely to occur in those more prone to developing unsightly scars, such as hypertrophic or keloid scars. In these cases, we adopt a preventive strategy to optimise liposuction scars’ appearance using state-of-the-art scar management techniques, including Morpheus8 and laser resurfacing. Morpheus8 it’s highly effective in improving the appearance of excessive scarring by remodelling the collagen in the skin. This helps to promote healthy skin renewal with impressive results obtainable after a few treatment sessions spaced four weeks apart.
What is the best way to get smooth skin after liposuction?
Getting smooth skin after liposuction can be achieved by following your surgeon’s post-operative instructions. Our post-operative nurses are experts in managing common side effects of liposuction. We would recommend you take one week off work and wear your compression garment continuously to help you achieve smooth skin after liposuction. Wearing the government will help to redistribute existing fat cells beneath the skin. You should also avoid excessive direct sunlight exposure to minimise the risk of excessive scarring. Our nursing team is available around the clock for any questions or concerns you may have about your liposuction scars. You will be reviewed one week after your procedure, where your incision site will be reviewed. We also have access to the full range of scar management techniques to significantly improve liposuction scarring using minimally invasive techniques. Massaging the areas of a Liposuction may also help to achieve smoother and firm skin. getting the best liposuction results involves eating a healthy and nutritious diet and keeping well hydrated. Physical exercise can be restarted once your surgeon has cleared you. This will help to improve your overall healing and recovery with minimal risk of excessive liposuction scarring.
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Liposuction at Centre for Surgery
Centre for Surgery in London is renowned as a leading centre for all types of liposuction, including power-assisted liposuction and 360 liposuction. Our specialist liposuction surgeons have completed years of training in the UK and overseas and bring the benefit of the vast experience to our patients to help achieve the very best possible outcomes. You can schedule a consultation by calling us on 020 7993 4849 and speaking to one of our patient coordinators, who will be more than happy to assist you with your patient journey here at Centre for Surgery.