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What liposuction scars can I expect?

Liposuction scars are caused by the tiny incisions required through which the very fine cannulas are inserted to perform the fat removal procedure. These are typically very small, and liposuction scars are typically very minimal as a result.

Tagged: Recovery & Aftercare

Date: 18th December 2020

Medically Reviewed by:  Mr. Bryan Mayou (GMC: 1414396)

Last reviewed: 1st February 2024

What liposuction scars can I expect?

Liposuction scars are caused by the tiny incisions your surgeon will create, through which the very fine cannulas are inserted to perform the fat removal procedure. These are typically very small, and liposuction scars are typically very minimal as a result. 

At the Cadogan Clinic we have many years of experience with liposuction scars and are able to make these tiny scars as inconspicuous as possible. 

We also use as few incisions as possible, and employ a gentle technique to avoid unnecessary trauma at the incision point. 

For those who naturally scar badly, such as keloid and hypertrophic scar formers, we have a comprehensive aftercare scar management programme that is designed to help manage liposuction scars as effectively as possible via the use of high energy devices and lasers. 

Why does liposuction leave small scars?

Liposuction leaves small scars, as during the procedure the surgeon will insert a thin tube called a cannula into the tiny incisions on the skin. Your surgeon will carefully consider where your Liposuction scars are to place them in the most discreet places possible. Once the fat has been removed, the incisions are sewn up and sealed with stitches. Naturally, the comparison of before and after Liposuction results are transformative, though it's important to consider there may be markings left behind. 

Following the procedure you will notice scars on the targeted areas which are completely normal. Most commonly these scars will appear red at first before turning purple. Over time, the scars will become paler, and blend into the skin. During your consultation, your surgeon will show you are range of photos to show examples of Liposuction scars before and after your recovery period. 

Before you meet your surgeon for your consultation, we recommend writing down any questions you may have. Some popular questions for our specialist Liposuction surgeons are ‘does Liposuction leave scars?’, ‘are Liposuction scars permanent?’, ‘what do Liposuction scars look like?’ and ‘are male Liposuction scars different from female scars?’. 

How long does it take for liposuction incisions to heal?

You should allow at least 12 months for your Liposuction incisions to heal completely. The amount of Liposuction scarring can depend on your genetics and how your body responds to healing, as well as the technique being used during the procedure and your skin pigment. 

“At the Cadogan Clinic we have many years experience with Liposuction scars and can make these tiny scars as inconspicuous as possible.  We also use as few incisions as possible, and employ a gentle technique to avoid unnecessary trauma at the incision,” explains Cadogan Clinic Surgical Patient Advisor, Ellie Burns. 

Do liposuction scars go away?

Liposuction scars generally fade to the natural colour of your skin after around twelve months.  

That said, after the treatment it is very important to pay attention and take care of the scarred tissue. One of the most reported issues is dyschromia, also known as discolouring, which can then transform into hyperpigmentation where the scarred area appears darker or hypopigmentation which is when the scars become lighter. 

Occasionally Liposuction scars can become atrophic where the scars sink deep into the surface of the skin due to the loss of fat or muscle. Some Liposuction scars can appear slightly raised on the surface of the skin, also referred to as hypertrophic, but they may decrease naturally over time. A keloid is an irregular shaped scar which is hard to the touch, and is larger than the original incision size. It can also appear raised and is either a pink or purple colour. If you have a tendency towards keloid scarring that you’ve noticed from past injuries, inform the surgeon or your cosmetic practitioner at your consultation. 

How do you get rid of fibrosis after liposuction?

Fibrosis is the thickening of the scarred skin, leaving a hardened area. 

The best way of getting rid of fibrosis after Liposuction is by participating in a scar management programme targeted at addressing problem scars. 

“For those who naturally scar badly, such as keloid and hypertrophic scar formers, we have a comprehensive after care scar management programme that is designed to help manage liposuction scars as effectively as possible via the use of high energy devices and lasers,” adds Ellie. 

Laser therapy can aid in breaking apart keloid and hypertrophic scars by heating the area. This stimulates healthy cell growth and you will start to see noticeable results after several sessions. 

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How can I get smooth skin after liposuction?

You should expect your skin to be firmer and smoother following your Liposuction procedure and recovery. 

The expert team at Cadogan Clinic are on hand to talk you through any concerns and provide relevant aftercare advice as well as helping with how to get rid of Liposuction scars. The team recommends you take at least one week off work and continuously wear the provided compression garment to support healing and comfort levels. You should also avoid UV light for two to four weeks to aid the scarring process. 

Nursing team at Cadogan Clinic are also on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week if you have any questions once you return home. You will have an appointment with them one week after the day of your Liposuction procedure to review the incision sites.  

At home you can also encourage healing by sticking to a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and exercising gently once you’re ready. 

During your consultation your surgeon will speak to you about recovery and explain the aftercare steps you will need to follow to ensure you have a smooth and easy recovery. As well as minimising scarring, this will also cover how to prevent other complications and how to get the best surgical results possible. 

Do you get scars from Liposuction on all areas of the body?

Yes, you do get scars from Liposuction on all areas of the body after the procedure. 

Liposuction scars are generally small and discreet, but they can heal in slightly varying ways depending on the body part treated  

Surgeons do aim to place their incisions in discrete areas that minimize visibility and use techniques to promote optimal healing.  

There are many different types of liposuction but some specific areas of note when it comes to scarring include: 

  • Arms – arm liposuction scars are typically placed under the arms where they cannot be seen 
  • Legs – likewise leg liposuction scars are placed in low visiblity areas such as the inner thigh folds, groin crease or the back of the legs 
  • Neck – neck liposuction scars are typically hidden in natural creases behind the ears 
  • Stomach – stomach liposuction scars are either hidden on the flanks or underneath the pant line 

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