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What San Francisco Liposuction Patients Should Know About Skin Dimples

Posted September 21, 2013 in Body Contouring, Liposuction

You’ve heard the story a lot: you diet, you exercise, the you take great care of yourself, and yet there’s just a little bit of stubborn body fat that just won’t go away. The reason you hear this sort of story all the time is because it happens to so many people. In many cases, the only way to get rid of the last bit of this problematic body fat is to meet with a plastic surgeon and undergo liposuction.

There are some side effects that patients may notice after they undergo liposuction, one of which involves the dimpling of the skin. We’d like to take a few moments right now to address these matters so you have a realistic understanding about body sculpting and contouring.

About Liposuction

Let’s cover the basics first. Liposuction is an aesthetic fat reduction treatment that is performed in order to remove small amounts of fat from the body. This is not a weight loss surgery but used only for small pockets of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise. Liposuction can be performed on various parts of the body as needed and at your surgeon’s discretion.

Is skin dimpling common after liposuction?

Skin dimpling and increased visibility of cellulite can be common in some patients after they undergo liposuction. Generally this tends to be the case with women if they undergo liposuction to address fat pockets in the buttocks and thighs. The surgical method that surgeon uses can also play a part in this.

Why does this happen?

After undergoing liposuction, the skin will shrink back in order to adjust to the loss of fat in that area. Sometimes when this skin shrinks back, the connective tissue beneath the skin and healthy fat that’s left behind can result in pronounced appearance of cellulite.

Will the appearance of dimples diminish with time?

In general, yes, this skin dimpling will diminish with time and skin texture will also improve over the course of the next few months to the next year.

Are there treatments for skin dimpling?

There are a number of non-surgical treatments to consider if you do experience skin dimpling after undergoing liposuction. These can be discussed in more detail during your visit.

In general, the best way to avoid skin dimpling is to meet with a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon. Surgeons who are well-educated, use the latest technologies, and understand the dynamics of fat reduction will be able to extract fat while avoiding pronounced dimpling. In particular, the use of laser-assisted liposuction has shown improved results with regard to skin dimpling (or the lack thereof, to be exact).

Other Considerations for Body Sculpting and Contouring

Skin dimpling is just one potential side effect of liposuction. During your consultation, we’ll be sure to go over all of the risks and benefits of the surgery so that you can make an informed and empowered decision about aesthetic enhancement.

Learn More About Liposuction and Body Contouring

For more information about liposuction and your many other options for advanced body sculpting and contouring, be sure to contact our cosmetic surgery centers serving Sacramento and San Francisco today. At our offices in Petaluma, Greenbrae, and Davis, we will be sure to answer all of your questions in full detail and make sure that you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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