Liposuction is an effective cosmetic procedure to remove stubborn deposits of fat from areas such as the abdomen, love handles and inner thighs. But, what about the quality of your skin post-surgery?
A lot of people want to know if removing the excess fat cells will leave them with loose, sagging skin.
The quality of your skin may impact your results
Skin contraction after liposuction is unpredictable and will vary from person to person. Your skin will naturally contract after liposuction to some degree thanks to the skin’s natural healing process and its elasticity.
Generally speaking, those with good skin elasticity will have smooth and natural results after fat removal. Those with poor skin elasticity, on the other hand, may experience some wrinkling of the skin or looseness after the liposuction procedure.
Skin elasticity can be affected by:
- Sun damage
- Repeated stretching of the skin
- Rapid and great weight loss
- Rapid and great weight gain
- Poor diet
Wrinkled skin, visible stretch marks and cellulite can be an indication your skin laxity has been compromised to some degree.
What’s important to remember is that your skin quality will continue to improve over time as your body heals and the swelling subsides.
The cosmetic surgery techniques used will influence your skin quality
Liposuction is essentially a contouring procedure that can dramatically improve the appearance of your overall shape while removing excess fat cells that have proved hard to get rid of through exercise and a healthy diet.
Most liposuction techniques will naturally encourage the skin to retract after removing heavy fat deposits in areas such as the abdomen. By following the instructions of your cosmetic or plastic surgeon and wearing the compression garment you’ll be helping stimulate the natural healing process and gaining a better outcome.
At Cosmos Clinic, we now are using the latest technology alongside Vaser Liposuction to improve skin tightening and its overall appearance. Renuvion/J-Plasma is the newest FDA-approved treatment that will help rid any concerns you have over the look of your skin after liposuction.
Using a combination of plasma and radiofrequency energy, Renuvion helps to enhance skin laxity.
- The Renuvion device targets the skin’s tough outer layer to reduce visible irregularities such as sun damage, discolouration and signs of aging.
- The plasma energy and gentle heat produced is distributed deep in the skin’s subdermal layer to stimulate the production of collagen which helps give the skin structure.
This latest treatment is highly suitable for areas such as the upper arms, inner thighs and tummy where the skin is somewhat thin or lacks elasticity. Loose, sagging skin after cosmetic or plastic surgery may be minimised simply be the liposuction techniques used by your chosen clinic.
You can find more about Renuvion and whether you’re a good candidate here.
Cosmetic procedures that treat sagging skin
The final results of your liposuction treatment may not take place until months after your surgical procedure. Loose, sagging skin almost always continues to retract during your recovery time and the following months and sometimes years. Liposuction itself generally doesn’t cause the skin to appear more wrinkled.
In the event, there is no skin elasticity prior to your surgery or your skin doesn’t bounce back, there are cosmetic procedures that can treat sagging skin or large skin folds.
For example, if you had liposuction to remove a lot of excess fat from your abdomen, you could follow up with a Tummy Tuck procedure if you have a great deal of excess skin or large overhangs. This procedure isn’t going to tighten loose skin, rather remove the excess skin you’ve gained from carrying around a large amount of fat for an extended period.
For those removing stubborn pockets of fat from the back or thighs, but struggle with excess sagging skin around the buttocks, you have the option to undergo a Brazilian Butt Lift to give more volume and perkiness to the area.