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Should it take this long to heal?

Q:

I had liposuction of the abdomen about 3 months ago and the area around my navel is still hard. It feels like the tissue has hardened. I have had a follow up visit with my surgeon who said this is normal and can take "a while" to loosen completely. He recommends I keep massaging the area until it softens. Is this normal?

A:

 Hardness of the subcutaneous tissues after Liposuction is common.  Sometimes it can take several months for this hardness to resolve completely. Massage & Manipulation often makes these areas soften more rapidly. From a purely scientific standpoint maximum healing is normally considered to occur at 45 to 60 days from surgery. Best,

 

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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