What can I do to get rid of scar tissue and a lumpy abdomen six months after liposuction?

Q:

Six months after liposuction, I am left with scar tissue, soft fatty lumps and a little loose skin in the abdomen. The doctor has told me to be patient and to take a lot of long hot soaks in the bath. What can I do to improve the look.  I am slim, healthy, 50+ and quite fit.

A:

Whatever result you presently see six months after liposuction is probably what you can expect. Occasionally massage can help resolve some of the lumpiness, but hot baths will do nothing for the problem. A little loose skin is to be expected after liposuction in anyone your age. There is very little that can be done for this other than a tummy tuck, and that is best with more than a little loose skin. None of the external skin tightening devices presently do very much, though some are promising. As far as the lumps are concerned, there are only two options, repeat liposuction or liposuction elsewhere and injection of the harvested fat between the lumps. See a plastic surgeon with significant experience in both abdominoplasty and liposuction. Though I am not very familiar with Castlebar, you may need to seek consultation at one of the larger population centers to find whom you need.

R. T. Buchanan, MD

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