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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.

At the Cadogan Clinic we have many years 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.

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 because during the procedure the surgeon will insert a thin tube called a cannula into the tiny cuts on the skin in the least visible parts of the body. Once the fat has been removed, the incisions are sewn up.

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.

How long does it take for liposuction incisions to heal?

You should allow at least 12 months for your liposuction incisions to heal. 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.

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Do liposuction scars go away?

Liposuction scars generally go away after twelve months or so.

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 as hyperpigmentation where the scarred area appears darker or hypopigmentation which is when the scars become lighter.

There is also infrequent liposuction scars to be aware of including atrophic where the scars sink deep into the surface of the skin due to the loss of fat or muscle. Some scars can appear slightly raised on the surface of the skin, also referred to as hypertrophic, but they may decrease over time. Keloid is an irregular shaped scar and tends to be hard to the touch. 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 a past injuries, inform the surgeon or your cosmetic practitioner.

How do you get rid of fibrosis after liposuction?

The best way of getting rid of fibrosis after liposuction is by participating in a scar management programme targeted at 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.

How can I get smooth skin after liposuction?

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

The expert team at the Cadogan Clinic are on hand to talk you through any concerns and provide relevant aftercare advice. The team recommends you take at least one week off work, continuously wear the provided compression garment to support healing and comfort levels, as well as the redistribution of the remaining fat cells in the area affected. 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 treatment to review the incision sites. On this day you will also have a consultation with aestheticians to discuss ongoing treatment to support the healing and scarring process, in particular massaging of the treated areas.

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

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