Will I have Scars From Liposuction?

I want to have liposuction in the near future. I know a thin tube must be inserted under my skin to suck out the fat and I will therefore have the potential to form a scar. However, I also know the tube is so small there's a chance the scar will heal so well it won't be noticed. In your experience, do most liposuction scars heal well? Will my scars look as bad as this woman's scars (below)? 

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Liposuction is a very popular body contouring plastic surgery which requires incisions to be made. There is no way to perform liposuction without incisions, and there is no way to make an incision without creating scar tissue.

Small liposuction cannulas (microcannulas) allow plastic surgeons to make extremely small incisions, however, and these incisions can be carefully located in discrete areas in order to make them hard to see.

Judging from the photograph you included, it looks as though this patient just recently underwent liposuction. Discoloration (dyschromia) of the tissue is normal immediately following the procedure. Over time, scars will form, and usually fade to match the color of the surrounding skin.

Liposuction is one of the world's most popular cosmetic procedures. For the majority of patients, their scars will eventually heal to the point of being inconspicuous or close to invisible.

For your safety as well as to obtain the best results, only visit plastic surgeons who have been certified by the ASPS or a similarly legitimate professional organization.

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Yes, at the beginning of the liposuction procedure small incisions must be made. Liposuction scars are an unavoidable part of the procedure. But the liposuction incisions are often just a few millimeters across, and the incision sites can be strategically placed in discreet locations for the lowest visibility.

During the liposuction surgical procedure, cannulas are inserted through these incisions to withdraw the subcutaneous fat.

After the liposuction surgery is complete, the incisions are usually closed with just one or two stitches. The visible scars will be discolored and easy to see at first. After the healing process is complete however (typically between six and 12 months), the small scars left behind are usually almost invisible.

Keep in mind though, that patients with darker skin often experience more visible scars following cosmetic surgery.

For the best possible results plastic surgeons suggest wearing compression garments following the surgery to reduce swelling, facilitate healing and minimize stretching of the skin around the treated area.

To minimize scarring or other negative results, I would advise you to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who understands best practices and has extensive experience with modern liposuction techniques.

Frederic Corbin has 1 Liposuction before & after:

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The amount of scarring from liposuction incisions is minimal. Please note that there are two kinds of skin blemishes that may appear following liposuction. The first is a temporary skin discoloration called dyschromia. Darker-skinned patients may experience a longer term of dyschromia after liposuction.The second is an actual scar that can take from six months up to a year to heal.

Even if small visible scars should appear, a skilled surgeon will strategically have made small incisions in areas which have limited visibility, greatly reducing the risk of their being seen.

No matter what you end up deciding on, Always make sure that the plastic surgeon you choose is board-certified and checks off all of your other necessary boxes.

Landon Pryor has 1 Liposuction, Tummytuck before & after:

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Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which creates very tiny scars. The size of the liposuction scar depends largely on the size of the cannula used to extract the fat deposits. At our clinic we use microcannulas as they are tiny which minimizes scarring.

While it’s not possible to perform liposuction surgery without creating an incision, we always choose incision sites along existing creases and in less visible areas. Most patients agree that the positives of excess fat reduction far outweigh the negatives. Liposuction scars heal  by about six months to one year.

I encourage you to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss your unique needs and to learn more about the procedure and the results.


  So those scars are hypertrophic and potentially keloids.It is impossible to predict how exactly you will scar so don't let anybody tell you that they can predict that. The best way to have an idea of what your scars will look like are if you have similar scars in the area that is treated. You are correct that almost all the liposuction scars that I see heal almost invisibly over time. What can be controlled is where you and your surgeon discuss where to place the stab incisions for the liposuction in order to have them well concealed. Good Luck!!

Liposuction does not usually result in significant scarring. The scars are usually very small and concealed. Occasionally if the scars do thicken they can be treated with injections. The results of surgery very much outweigh potential scarring. 

Thank you for sharing your question.  Everyone heals differently.  It is not possible to predict how your scars will heal.  If you have other scars on your body that healed well, most likely your liposuction scars will also heal well.  I do find most of my patient's scars are unnoticeable after healing.  In the photo you have shared above, the scars could possibly be very new, which makes them very prominent. Scars take time to lighten, almost up to a year.  I hope this was helpful.  

Best Wishes, Dr. B.

The small incisions which are approx. 1/4" each, heal very well and in many cases are impossible to detect once fully healed.