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Signs of Good Liposuction

| July 18, 2022 August 2, 2023 | |

signs of good liposuction

Liposuction continues to be among the extremely popular kinds of plastic surgeries. In our previous blog, we talked about the different effects it has on male and female patients. The qualifications are the same for both.

Generally, healthy people within 30% of their ideal weight are the candidates for liposuction. They must also be non-smokers and have good skin elasticity and muscle tone. And lastly, it’s necessary to have a positive outlook and realistic expectations. All these things will be examined upon your initial consultation with your surgeon.

Signs Of Positive Results

Aside from meeting all qualifications mentioned above, liposuction needs to be performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who practices due diligence. The following are the expected results of good liposuction:

No Traces of the Procedure

It’s a fact that any cosmetic procedure leaves a mark. However, the proof that your liposuction has been done by an excellent plastic surgeon is when are no noticeable traces left by the procedure aside from the desired results. Your surgeon should also be strategic with the liposuction cannula so that the scars from your liposuction will be well-hidden.

Natural-looking results

Your surgeon should take your body profile into consideration when determining the amount of fat to be removed. Imagine if your surgeon aggressively removes a significant amount of fat on one area without considering the rest of your body. This will give you a disproportionate figure.

To have a naturally-contoured profile, your surgeon should always be on the conservative side, that is removing only small amounts of fat while performing your liposuction.

Good skin elasticity

Good skin elasticity is one of the requirements of the procedure, and you should not lose it following your liposuction. Good elasticity allows the skin to contract, taking advantage of its own natural healing capacity. Good skin elasticity guarantees natural and firm-looking results. Otherwise, you might see some skin getting wrinkled or become loose after your liposuction.

Signs of bad liposuction

The lack of necessary skills when liposuction is performed and primary complications that may come after can result in any of the following:

Contour Irregularities and Asymmetry

If liposuction is done carelessly, this may result in contour irregularities. There will be noticeable peaks and valleys in areas where fat was unevenly removed. Furthermore, dimples or hollow indentations are common outcomes of aggressive liposuction.

After your liposuction procedure, the surgical team should inspect the site by using the pinch test. This involves holding the skin on both sides of the area for a few seconds and then checking the time it goes back once the hold is released.

This test also checks the amount of fat that has just been removed. There are surgical techniques that can be used should there be any contour irregularities or asymmetry detected while undergoing liposuction.

Permanent Numbness

Numbness in the site where the fat is removed is normal after liposuction because the surgery may disrupt small nerve fibers connecting to the skin surface. The sensation for most patients gradually returns after a few weeks, though some feel prolonged numbness. Permanent numbness could be the worst case, but the chance of getting it is very low.


A seroma is a clear fluid build-up formed under the skin following excessive tissue trauma. In most instances, a seroma is not considered a risk unless it becomes too large to host bacteria. If this is the case, your surgeon should remove the fluid by using a syringe.

Skin Necrosis

The skin on the surgical site may change color after liposuction. In the majority of cases, skin necrosis is just natural. But patients who have not stopped smoking before and/or after their liposuction have a higher risk of severe skin necrosis.

After liposuction, skin necrosis can happen when the tissue dies due to the limited flow of blood and oxygen to the surgical site. Likewise, large seromas or hematomas can also increase the chance of skin necrosis when liposuction is performed too aggressively.

What to do with bad liposuction?

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your liposuction procedure, you may want to consider a revision liposuction procedure—also called “liposhifting.” This aims to correct the manifestations of bad liposuction such as unevenness, asymmetry, dimpling, peaks, and valleys. Your surgeon should check the outcome of your previous liposuction and come up with the appropriate surgical remedy for it.

Liposuction is a procedure that helps people reach their body goals, and its results should not be disappointing to patients. This is why choosing a liposuction surgeon, whether for your first or revision procedure, is indeed crucial.

The experienced surgeons here at Midwest Breast & Aesthetic Surgery observe due diligence when performing liposuction to ensure that our patients are pleased with the results of the procedure. Please visit this page to book your initial consultation.

About the Author

Dr. Ergun Kocak, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the breast using DIEP, SIEA GAP, TUG, PAP, and direct-to-implant, in Columbus and Cincinnati, OH.
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*Our blog entries are written in order to further educate our patients and raise awareness towards topics related to plastic surgery. Any solutions offered on this blog are intended to help possible patients develop educated decisions before undergoing a consultation with our doctors.

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