Liposuction Scar Management
When a person chooses to undergo liposuction to improve their appearance, they obviously want to be able to enjoy their new shape without having unattractive scars. While the incision site for liposuction is smaller than that left behind by many other procedures, early treatment is key to liposuction scar management. The removal of Adipose tissue (fat) which is the source of cytockines and healing substrates and lipids can result in problem lipo scarring.
The most common scarring problem with Lipo suction is dyschromia scarring (discoloring) Hyperpigmentation (darker) hypopigmentation (lighter)
- Best scar healing results are produced with Silicone Sheeting & Hyper-Heal cream one week post-opt
- Already established discolored scars should use a .2mm derma roller & Hyper-Heal cream daily
The amount of liposuction scarring depends on:
- surgical technique and genetics
- visibility on large liposuction who are darkly pigmented
- Lipo scars can fade and to become hardly perceptible over time
The incisions liposuction surgery usually heal within two weeks, and the scars reach their final appearance in about a year. In some cases the scars can become:
- hyperpigmented darkened.
- hypopigmented bleached out.
- atrophic sunken because of the loss of fat or muscle around the incision.
- hypertrophic slightly raised in a way that may regress over time.
- keloid irregular, tough and raised scars, usually with a smooth top and a pink or purple color.
FAQ's About Liposuction Scars
Will liposuction surgery leave a scar?
Liposuction surgery does require several small incisions which will likely leave small scars. Doctors usually take care to make these incisions in discreet locations so they are not as visible.
How big will my liposuction scar be?
Fortunately lipo scars are typically very small. The average liposuction scar is about 5 to 6 millimeter and are round. The largest scars could be upwards of 10 millimeters.
Will Liposuction leave a permanent scar?
Liposuction surgery will likely leave some pertinent scars, however they are typically small and in discreet locations. Using a scar management regiment will help reduce the appearance of the scar to a point where it is minimally visible.
How long should I wait after liposuction surgery to begin treating my scars?
You can begin treating your lipo scars as soon as you're sutures are removed which is typically 10 – 14 days. Using silicone sheets can help speed up the scar maturation process especially on darker skin (African, Mediterranean, Hispanic).