Are Lumpy Areas Common after Smartlipo Liposuction?

by | Nov 21, 2016 | Laser Liposuction

Smartlipo liposuction is a popular body contouring option among men and women looking to address the stubborn fat deposits that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. The treatment is performed using the FDA approved Smartlipo Triplex workstation that blends safety with efficiency.

The procedure owes its popularity to its minimally-invasive nature, attractive results, minimal downtime and quick recovery. Still, candidates ask plastic surgeons a lot of questions about the treatment and post-procedural outcomes. One common concern among those who have undergone Smartlipo treatment is about the formation of hard, lumpy areas. According to experts, the occurrence of these hard areas is quite natural in the first few weeks after the procedure and resolves on its own in most cases.

The formation of post-lipo lumps can be due to a number of reasons. Normal inflammation that occurs after the surgery results in swelling, but is usually diffusely spread out. If hematoma (blood clotting) or seroma (fluid collection) occurs, it can be addressed by your surgeon. Patients experience fat necrosis or hard lumps when the fat is destroyed but not removed. A combination of all these factors could also cause the lumpy areas.

In most cases, the lumps resolve naturally over time. However, doing a gentle massage can speed up the process. Liposuction surgeons advise a light massage a few minutes daily and consistently over several weeks. Gentle, circular massage of the lumpy sites for 5 minutes daily can help address this post-procedural concern. Even though it is not medically necessary, many surgeons advise lymphatic massaging for its beneficial effects.

However, if you have symptoms such as pain or sudden enlarging of the lump, you should consult your plastic surgeon immediately to rule out other possible causes and get timely treatment. In rare cases, this could happen when you were not the right candidate for the procedure. So it is important to choose a reliable surgeon who will evaluate you thoroughly to determine your candidature and if you are found suitable, perform the procedure to provide optimal results.

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