The Risk of Skin Irregularities from Liposuction

Excess body fat is a common complaint among our Santa Barbara patients. After all, many people could name at least one part of their body that seems resistant to diet or exercise, making plastic surgery an attractive option for better contours. Liposuction, in particular, is an extremely popular way for patients to smoothen out disproportionate curves in areas such as the upper arms, abdomen, or thighs.

While most patients achieve satisfying results at little risk, it is possible for complications to arise after surgery. Some patients may experience irregularities of the skin, detracting from the overall aesthetics of treatment. Luckily, most patients can avoid such cosmetic flaws and, in the event they do arise, treat them accordingly. If you have recently undergone liposuction or are considering treatment, take a moment to learn how you can make the most of your results.

Which Skin Irregularities May Form after Liposuction?

The most common type of skin irregularity after liposuction is skin dimpling, in which the skin appears unevenly surfaced, similar to the effects of natural cellulite. Although this does not present any health risks, dimpling can leave patients disappointed with their results, especially when liposuction is meant to promote smoother, tighter curves. Although there will also be a degree of uncertainty in how tissues will heal and settle in place after liposuction, there are ways to reduce the chances or extent of dimpling.

What Causes Skin Dimpling?

There are two primary factors behind skin irregularities after liposuction: the surgery itself and the patient’s body. Unfortunately, some people are simply at a disadvantage when it comes to smooth skin, but certainly everyone can benefit from a highly experienced surgeon with good technique. More specifically, patients should be aware of the following factors that may contribute to post-surgical dimpling:

 How to Avoid Skin Dimpling and Irregularities

The first and best decision you can make to avoid complications is to choose a competent plastic surgeon with a solid history of stunning liposuction procedures. With decades of experience under his belt, Dr. Douglas Mackenzie is a nationally top-ranked surgeon and member of multiple societies in his field. By opting for the best, you are immediately taking a step in the right direction for treatment.

After surgery, there are a few precautions you can take to further increase your chances of smooth skin:

Treating Skin Dimpling and Irregularities

If you develop skin irregularities after liposuction, there are a few methods that can be utilized to reduce or remove their prevalence:

Are You Considering Liposuction?

For a more detailed account of how liposuction can help you, along with your individual risk factors and candidacy, come in for a consultation. Dr. Mackenzie will help you gain a clear perspective on which techniques are best suited to your treatment goals.

Douglas J. Mackenzie, MD

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