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Some Dimples Aren’t So Cute: Dimpling after Liposuction

By tmccall on November 27, 2015

A woman “pinching an inch” from her waist after liposuctionLiposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world for good reason. When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Tracy McCall of Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery, it is a safe, highly effective procedure that can have a positively transformative effect on a person’s body. For people who are at or near their ideal body weights, but who are struggling to eliminate isolated pockets of fatty tissues through diet and exercise, liposuction can represent an absolute godsend. However, as with all medical procedures, it does have its risks and possible side effects.

One of the most common side effects associated with liposuction is dimpling of the skin. Fortunately, dimpling can be minimized or avoided altogether when the procedure is performed properly and patients follow the post-surgical instructions provided to them by their surgeons. As a patient of Dr. McCall’s, you can trust that your liposuction procedure will be performed to the highest standard of excellence.

When it comes to any aspect of your health, knowledge is power. Dr. McCall will take the time to provide you with all of the information you need, including information about how to avoid dimpling after liposuction, during your consultation at her Milwaukee, WI practice. We invite you to read the following general information about dimpling after liposuction, and then schedule your initial consultation with Dr. McCall today.

Why does skin dimpling occur after liposuction?

In some cases, minor dimpling of the skin after liposuction cannot be anticipated or avoided. However, major skin dimpling is usually the result of poor planning or execution on the part of the doctor performing the procedure or the failure of the patient to maintain a healthy post-surgical lifestyle.

Some of the most common causes of skin dimpling after liposuction include:

  • Too much fat removed from too large an area: Liposuction is most effective when it targets small, isolated deposits of fat. When larger areas are targeted, smooth, even contouring becomes more difficult to achieve, and dimpling becomes more likely.
  • Significant weight gain or loss: The fat removal achieved through liposuction is permanent; those fat cells will not return. However, if you gain or lose substantial amounts of weight after liposuction, the treated areas will stand out in sharp relief, creating a dimpled effect.
  • Overly quick removal of fat: If fat cells are removed too quickly, skin irregularities such as dimpling are more likely to occur. As with too much fat being removed from too large an area, this is not a likely risk with Dr. McCall.
  • Dehydration: If you do not stay properly hydrated, the quality and health of your skin will diminish, which could cause dimpling in the treated areas.

You can help to reduce the risk of skin dimpling after liposuction by massaging your skin and drinking lots of water during your recovery period. Dr. McCall will provide you with plenty of other tips designed to ensure that you achieve the best possible results from your procedure, as well.

Learn More about Dimpling after Liposuction

To learn more about how you can avoid dimpling after liposuction, please contact Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery today.

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