Liposuction Dimples: Preventing Risks of Fat Reduction

August 17, 2015 — by Stephen Hardy M.D.
Tags: Liposuction Dimples

A woman in a white top and pantiesHere at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates in Missoula, we pride ourselves in achieving excellent results for patients. This is particularly true when it comes to liposuction, a cosmetic surgery that removes fat from problem areas.

Some people who've undergone liposuction have experienced issues with dimpling and unevenness. This is an important matter to consider, and we'd like to look into it in more detail right now.

Dimples and Unevenness After Liposuction

Even though many patients experience excellent results following liposuction, there are cases in which patients experience dimpling and uneven skin in the treatment area. This can be the source of self-consciousness, particularly if the treatment area is large or noticeable. Dimpling can occur in different parts of the body.

In a number of cases this dimpling is a temporary side effect and part of the healing process, though in other cases, it may be the result of poor aesthetic results and will not fade with time.

What Causes Dimples After Liposuction?

The most common causes of dimpling after liposuction are as follows:

  • Removal of Too Much Fat – When surgeons remove too much fat from a patient, issues with dimples are more likely.

  • Uneven Fat Removal – If surgeons do not properly distribute the fat removal in the treatment area, unevenness is likely.

  • Presence of Cellulite – When the treatment area is in part of the body where cellulite is common or likely, this can make the cellulite more prominent, causing lumpiness.

  • Major Change in Weight Gain or Weight Loss – A patient's fluctuations in weight can actually make issues with lumpiness more of an issue.

  • Issues with Skin Elasticity – A patient's skin needs to shrink back around the treated area, though problems with skin laxity can mean poor aesthetic results.

How Patients Can Prevent Liposuction Dimpling

To prevent issues with dimpling, patients should consider the following:

  • Find a Good Plastic Surgeon – The experience of a plastic surgeon often translates into better overall results. Look for a skilled cosmetic surgeon to perform your procedure.

  • Lose Weight Before Undergoing Liposuction – Liposuction is intended for fat removal rather than weight loss. Be sure to lose as much weight as you can in a healthy and natural way to ensure ideal results from the surgery.

  • Maintain a Healthy Weight After Liposuction – Undergoing liposuction is just part of the process of looking your best. Eat healthy and exercise regularly to prevent weight gain and pockets of fat returning and causing unevenness.

  • Follow Post-Op Instructions to the Letter – Good healing tends to translate into good aesthetic results. Be sure to follow all instructions for recovery to the letter.

How We Prevent Liposuction Dimpling

At Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates, we carefully plan all of our procedures to ensure the best possible results. This means considering how much fat to remove from a treatment area and how to evenly remove the fat so the end results look natural and aesthetically pleasing. We work conservatively and cautiously to ensure the best possible outcomes and to maximize patient satisfaction.

By taking a great amount of care in the planning stages, we are able to give patients the results that they desire, making them look their very best.

Learn More About Liposuction

To learn more about liposuction and how it can help you achieve a trimmer, slimmer, and better proportioned frame, it's important that you contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The team at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates looks forward to your visit and helping you look and feel your very best.

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