Are Liposuction Scars Permanent?

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A young woman in a dark blue bikini looks over her shoulder on the beach while holding a white shawl behind her in the breezeIt is true that all surgical procedures, including liposuction, leave scars where the incisions are made. When you choose an experienced and qualified surgeon like Dr. David Bogue, the approach to surgery includes scars that are as minimal as possible. Liposuction is a procedure that inherently involves minimal although permanent scars.

If you are mulling over the idea of liposuction and scars, consider the following:

  • Liposuction scars are small and circular. Liposuction incisions are just big enough to allow the insertion of a cannula, which is tube-shaped. These circular incisions are quite small. They look different than the long, lateral incisions used in other procedures.
  • Scars are placed inconspicuously whenever possible. These circular incisions are placed in natural folds, crevices, or areas where undergarments and bathing suits will conceal them, whenever possible.
  • The scars mature over time. Incisions are red and raised at first. This is most obvious in the first few weeks after liposuction. You will notice the scar changing over the next few months, becoming flatter and closer to your skin color. This process is called maturing, and it may take 6 months to 1 year to conclude.
  • You may be able to further minimize the appearance of scars. Silicone sheets, scar creams, sun protection, and proper incision care are all ways that you can reduce the eventual appearance of the scars. We provide complete aftercare instructions. It’s important to note that even with all these measures, your scar’s appearance is also dictated by genetics and your skin itself.

The small scars left by liposuction typically become quite flat and closer to the patient’s skin color. After a year, the scars are usually not noticeable, although individual results will vary.

Talk to Dr. Bogue About Liposuction Scars

If you are interested in liposuction and want to know more about what to expect, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Bogue in Boca Raton by calling 561-886-1000. We encourage you to discuss your history of scarring with Dr. Bogue so he can help you decide if liposuction is right for you. You’ll also discuss your candidacy, your surgical goals, and any alternatives that you may want to consider.

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