Rippling after liposuction

Rippling after liposuction

After liposuction some people experience subcutaneous ripples that cause the contour of the body to be uneven. Rippling, also known as dimpling and contour irregularities often appears as pockets of fat underneath the skin, lending that undesirable lumpy look.

It should be noted that although Rippling is always a possibility following liposuction, you can actually take measures to prevent it from happening.

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Factors that Contribute to Rippling

What is the ripple factor?

Before figuring out how to prevent Rippling, it may best to understand first the factors that could influence its appearance:

. Extreme and/or frequent weight fluctuations – Thus, patients who choose to undergo liposuction should make the commitment to maintain a stable weight following surgery.

. Too much fat was removed during liposuction – One should keep in mind that liposuction is not a weight loss tool and is more appropriate for small amounts of fat.

. Uneven fat removal – This is why you need to choose a skilled plastic surgeon who knows how to remove fat evenly in your problem areas.

. Presence of cellulite prior to liposuction

. Degree of skin elasticity – Liposuction works best if your skin is elastic enough to contract and adhere to its new contours. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) following liposuction may have to be done if you have poor skin elasticity.

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What you can do to prevent Rippling from happening?

Although not all of the aforementioned factors can be directly controlled by you as a patient, here’s what you can do on your end to prevent Rippling from happening:

. Maintain stable weight. If you’re taking medications or supplements for certain conditions, figure out first if weight gain is one of their adverse effects.

. Stay hydrated inside and out!

. Massage your skin to help promote blood circulation after liposuction.

. Consider other procedures to help tighten the skin such as a tummy tuck or minimally invasive procedures such as laser.

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10 common questions about Rippling after liposuction

1How long do lumps last after liposuction?
This takes up to one year to improve, when the blood is absorbed, or can be surgically removed. Other liposuction lumps are residual fat that remains after liposuction
2How long should you wear compression garments after liposuction?
After liposuction my patients are instructed to wear a compression garment 24/7 for 3 weeks except to shower followed by another 3 weeks wearing it during the day but allowed to take it off at night. I encourage patients to wear it overnight for the second 3 week period as well if they can tolerate it
3What reduces swelling after liposuction?
You'll be given a compression garment to reduce swelling and provide support for the areas that have had liposuction. This helps to prevent or relieve pain and discomfort. The compression dressings should not be made so tight as to reduce blood flow to the area
4Does liposuction cause scar tissue?
For example, liposuction causes the fatty tissue in that area to become fibrous as a result of scar tissue in the fat. This fibrous scarring of the fat can persist for years. If liposuction is done again in the same area, the fat will be very difficult to penetrate with a liposuction cannula.
5Why do you wear compression garments after liposuction?
Wearing the right types of compression garments after liposuction can enhance results from the procedure and help the body recover. Wearing a compression garment also increases patient comfort after surgery by minimizing swelling and, in some cases, improving posture during the healing process
6How long does it take to see results after liposuction?
Waiting for Liposuction Results Generally speaking, it can take up to a full year after surgery before you notice the final liposuction results. How long it actually takes before you see results varies from patient to patient. Some people see a dramatic improvement by three or six months after their procedure
7How long wear abdominal binder after lipo?
Depending on the type of surgery you have, an abdominal binder may be worn for up to six weeks or for the full the duration of your recovery. As you heal, your doctor may let you wear the binder less. You can also purchase abdominal binders at most drugstores or medical supply stores
8Will compression garments help tighten skin?
Garments after surgery help speed the resolution of swelling. They are not proven to help skin tightening. ... If your skin is loose, stretched out, and lax, no garment will help skin tightening. The only way to tighten skin in these cases is surgery, such as a tummy tuck for example.
9How long does it take swelling to go down after liposuction?
In some cases, this lasts a few months, and your final result will not be visible until then. The majority of swelling does improve after four weeks, though. You will wear a compression garment for the first four to six weeks after your procedure to minimize swelling, and help with pain control
10How much do you swell after liposuction?
While liposuction can remove up to 10 pounds of fat cells during a procedure, fluid retention and swelling can cause you to look bloated. As the swelling goes down, you can begin to see results. You may also notice that some of your skin is loose in the area treated with liposuction. Loose skin can firm up over time.


  1. Antonia says:

    You do lipo. i have read on your site. but every one has given me some heads up about rippling after liposuction. how serious is this? will i get it too? how can you be sure, im 45 in age and 80 kg in weight.

    • Iranian Surgery Adviser says:

      Hello, yes we do perform liposuction. First you must know not all patients get rippling after liposuction. The plastic surgeon should be very skilled and you as the patient must know there are certain thing you should do after your surgery like keeping your body hydrated, inside and outside. Also massaging your skin will help with the blood circulation and you must not gain too much weight. Rippling after liposuction depends on your skill elasticity. Maybe you need more than Liposuction to avoid rippling like a tummy tuck.

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