Tips to Improve the Appearance of Liposuction Scars

Liposuction Scars

One of the first questions patients ask when they come in for a liposuction consultation is: “Will I have liposuction scars?”

After all, for most patients, the idea of having scars after lipo is not welcome — and it’s understandable why.

The majority of people simply don’t want others to know that they’ve had fat removed via liposuction. And while there’s certainly nothing to be ashamed of, everyone has the right to discreetly undergo these procedures and to benefit from their results without telling anyone.

Moreover, scarring is undesirable after lipo because it can mar your liposuction results. Patients understandably desire smooth, less visible scars after cosmetic surgery too.

With all of that said, any surgery that requires incisions is going to result in some scar tissue or at least some scarring. This is true across the board, and it’s true for liposuction.


As stated above, yes, if you undergo liposuction, you will have at least some slight scarring after your surgical procedure..

But there’s a caveat here: Just because you have visible scarring afterwards from liposuction doesn’t mean that those scars have to be noticeable. In fact, with a little bit of know-how, you can make your liposuction scars so discreet that they are almost invisible.


Liposuction scars are extremely small because the tiny incisions that make them only need to be big enough for your surgeon to fit a cannula (thin metal instrument used in liposuction) inside. In fact, most patients find that their liposuction incisions are each about the size of a small freckle once the incisions have healed. Not only that, but over time, these small dots will naturally fade in appearance and flatten out.

The biggest possible drawback regarding liposuction scarring is potential discoloration around the incision site. This can sometimes occur (though not always), and it usually depends on your skin type.


When it comes to invasive cosmetic surgeries (those requiring incisions), just look at any liposuction before and after scars pictures and you’ll instantly see that lipo scars are not usually a major problem for patients.

Still, they can happen, so it’s good to prepare ahead of time and do all you can to avoid them. Here are our best tips for preventing and getting rid of lipo scars and scarring after liposuction surgery.

  1. Follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions diligently.

Your surgeon knows best how to avoid and treat lipo scars. So, when you receive your aftercare instructions and are told things like, “Refrain from physically exerting activities,” and “Stay out of the sun,” heed these warnings. Failing to abide by these and other rules can compromise your health and may cause exacerbated scarring.

  1. Drink plenty of water.

Staying hydrated while recovering from liposuction will keep your skin moisturized from the inside out. This is ideal when it comes to scar the healing process. The better moisturized your skin is, the more your scars will fade to match your normal skin.

  1. Use silicone gel sheets once your incisions have fully healed.

If your lipo scar is visible after healing takes place, you may consider using silicone gel sheets to fade it over time. Silicone gel sheets work by providing hydration to fat cells under the skin. They can also reduce collagen production, which in the case of scars, is good because overproduction of collagen may result in more-visible, raised scars.

  1. Try laser therapy.

Over several years, liposuction scars should fade significantly on their own. But some patients want faster results.

If this is the case for you, we recommend trying a liposuction scars treatment using laser therapy. Lasers work by the fat deposits stimulating the growth of new cells. After several sessions, you will notice a significant improvement in the appearance of any liposuction scarring.

Lipo scar removalQuestions and Answers about Liposuction procedures

Do scars from lipo go away?

In the event that scarring does occur after liposuction, it typically manifests as a small dot resembling the size of a freckle.

Fortunately, in the majority of cases, scars of this size tend to gradually fade over the following six months until they become virtually imperceptible.

Why are my lipo scars so big?

The occurrence of scarring in liposuction procedures can be attributed to inadequate incision placement. Additionally, hyperpigmentation, which is another potential side effect of liposuction, can contribute to a more noticeable appearance of the healed incision on your skin.

What scars do you have from liposuction?

Dyschromia, or discoloration, is the prevailing form of scarring resulting from liposuction. It encompasses two primary variations: hyperpigmentation, characterized by darkened scars, and hypopigmentation, which manifests as lighter or bleached-out scars. Although less common, there are also rare instances where patients may experience hypertrophic and keloid scars.

How big is a liposuction scars?

If scarring occurs after undergoing liposuction procedure, it is commonly observed as a small dot resembling the size of a freckle. Fortunately, in the majority of cases, tiny scars of this magnitude tend to gradually diminish over the course of approximately six months until they become barely noticeable.

What is the best way to manage liposuction scars?

  1. Silicone gel sheets
  2. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion
  3. Cryotherapy
  4. Laser therapy
  5. Scar removal treatments



If you’re interested in getting rid of excess fat by way of liposuction, give our office a call today to schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Raja Mohan Dallas Plastic Surgeon.

Dr. Mohan specializes in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body. He will provide you with details about the liposuction procedure as well as information on how you can avoid liposuction scars and create a beautiful new silhouette to be proud of.

Call today to book, and we look forward to meeting you!


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