Considering liposuction but worried about scars? Liposuction – like any surgery – requires tiny incisions to be made, which will inevitably leave small scars. However, cosmetic doctors usually make these incisions on areas of the body in spots that will minimise visible scarring. Though small scars from the cannula are to be expected, they often heal quickly and become barely noticeable. Below, we dive into what to expect regarding liposuction and scarring, helping you make an informed decision.

Why Liposuction Scarring Happens

Liposuction scarring occurs because the procedure involves removing fat that sits under the skin. To reach that fat, incisions must be made. These incisions allow a cannula—a thin tube—to break down and suction out fat from under the skin.

The incisions are very small, often just about 0.5-1cm long, and your doctor should place them thoughtfully in less noticeable areas. Common spots for these incisions include the belly button, inner thighs, or just along the bikini line, aiming to keep them hidden or easily covered by clothing. This strategic placement helps ensure that any scarring is discreet, minimising its visibility as you heal.

Liposuction Scarring & Healing Timeline

The healing process after liposuction varies from person to person, but here’s a general timeline and what you can typically expect:

Time What to Expect When to Consult a Doctor
1-2 Weeks
  • Swelling and bruising peak and then start to decrease.
  • Incisions begin to heal; some fluid leakage may occur.
  • Compression garments are typically worn.
If there are signs of infection (increased redness, warmth, pus) or if swelling/pain worsens.
3-6 Weeks
  • Significant reduction in swelling and bruising.
  • Scars start to form, may appear red or raised.
If scars become excessively itchy, raised beyond normal, or show unusual changes.
2-6 Months
  • Scars mature and become less noticeable, changing in colour.
  • Final results of liposuction become more obvious as swelling subsides.
If there’s persistent swelling, discomfort, or if scars worsen in appearance.
6-12 Months
  • Scars fully heal, fading to a flesh tone or white colour, becoming less noticeable
  • The full outcome of the liposuction procedure is visible.
If there are signs of keloid formation or if the scars grow beyond the incision boundaries.

Lipo Scarring Treatments

If you’re concerned about scarring or want to speed up the healing process, there are several advanced treatment options that may improve the appearance of scars.

Laser Treatments

  • How It Works: Laser therapy uses focused light to reduce scar tissue and improve the skin’s texture. It can make scars less noticeable by lightening their colour and smoothing out the skin.
  • Best For: Both newer scars that are red or pink and older scars that have darkened or become raised.

Microdermabrasion

  • How It Works: This is a non-invasive procedure that involves exfoliating the top layer of skin to promote new skin growth with less visible scarring. It’s particularly effective for surface-level scars.
  • Best For: Scars that are not too deep, helping to even out the skin’s surface and reduce the appearance of scarring over time.

Silicone Gel Sheets

  • How It Works: Silicone gel sheets are applied over the scar to hydrate the tissue, which can help to soften and flatten the scar. They work by creating a protective barrier over the scar, which helps to reduce collagen production and improve the scar’s texture and color.
  • Best For: All types of scars, especially raised or keloid scars, with consistent use over several months.

Setting Realistic Expectations for Liposuction Scarring

Heading into liposuction surgery, it’s normal to feel a mix of excitement and nerves. You’re about to undergo a surgical procedure that is designed to change the appearance of your body.

However, it’s important to be realistic about the results, especially regarding scarring. These scars are unavoidable. And while they usually fade over time and are discreet, you need to have realistic expectations.

Having an open conversation with your cosmetic surgeon is crucial. They’re not just performing the procedure; they’re guiding you through the entire experience. They can provide all the details, from the positive changes you can anticipate to the realities of recovery, including scarring.

Understanding everything helps you set realistic expectations and ensures a smoother process. So, don’t hesitate to ask your surgeon any questions you have. It’s about entering this process fully informed and prepared for all outcomes.

Explore Your Liposuction Options with Levant CS

Curious about liposuction and what to expect with scarring? Schedule a consultation with a Levant Cosmetic Surgery doctor to explore your options and understand more about liposuction scarring. Start your journey with expert guidance and personalised advice.

Liposuction Scarring FAQs

What does a liposuction scar look like?

Liposuction scars are typically small and discreet, resembling tiny dots or lines where incisions were made.

How long does it take for lipo scars to fade?

Lipo scars usually fade significantly within several months to a year after the procedure, becoming less noticeable over time.

Will scar tissue from lipo go away?

Scar tissue from liposuction can soften and become less noticeable over time, but it may not completely disappear.

Are lipo scars obvious?

Initially, lipo scars may be noticeable but tend to become less obvious as they fade and blend with the surrounding skin.

Do lipo scars ever go away?

While lipo scars may never completely vanish, they often become significantly less noticeable with time and proper care.

Does liposuction leave saggy skin?

Liposuction can sometimes result in saggy skin, particularly if large amounts of fat are removed from an area with poor skin elasticity. However, techniques like skin tightening procedures can help address this issue.

Why Choose Levant Cosmetic Surgery?

Your Choice of Doctor:
Our highly skilled medical team consists of plastic surgeons, FRACS surgeons, and liposuction doctors, and it's your choice who you decide you want to operate on you.
Patient Satisfaction:
We strive to meet our patient's expectations and prioritise their safety and satisfaction with our services.
Fair and Transparent Pricing:
During your consultation you will be provided with transparent pricing and a detailed breakdown of the costs incurred for the treatment choices that align with your desired result outcomes.
Thorough Consultations:
Every consultation is comprehensive, giving you ample time to discuss your procedural options with your doctor and receive personalised patient information inclusive of potential risks, side effects, and complications.
Exceptional Post-Operative Care:
We perform your follow-up appointments with care as we believe your aftercare is as crucial as the procedure itself. Your recovery will be guided by your doctor in collaboration with our post-operative nursing team.
24-Hour Doctor Assistance:
For any concerns or queries post-surgery our doctors are available 24-hours including after hours for their patients. In the event of a medical emergency, please call 000.
6 week post op results for this patient who had her chin & neck treated with Vaser Liposuction with @dr_chris_lee at Levant Cosmetic Surgery Canberra.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient.
Read more here - https://levantcs.com.au/risks-and-recovery

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Surgery performed by:
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Want to learn more about this treatment & whether you may be a suitable candidate? Please call our team on 1300 138 797 for a consultation.
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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient.
Read more here - https://levantcs.com.au/risks-and-recovery

Photos & videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same & do not guarantee a particular surgical outcome.
Content on our Instagram page is published with the consent of our patients.
The content featured is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.
Images taken immediately post-operatively mav not reflect final results.

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Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient. Read more here. https://www.levantcs.com.au/risks-and-recovery/

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Photos & videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same & do not guarantee a particular surgical outcome.
Content on our Instagram page is published with the consent of our patients.
The content featured is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.

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Vaser liposuction results for this patient who had her neck treated with @drerfanrahbar & is now at 6 weeks post op.

Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient. Read more here https://www.levantcs.com.au/risks-and-recovery/

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Photos & videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same & do not guarantee a particular surgical outcome.
Content on our Instagram page is published with the consent of our patients.
The content featured is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.
Images taken immediately post-operatively may not reflect final results.

Treatment performed by Dr. Erfan Rahbar MED0001122411 Registered medical practitioner.

Want to learn more about this treatment? Reach out for a consultation today on 1300 323 772.

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Have you seen the latest offering for cosmetic treatments at Levant Cosmetic Surgery?

Our highly skilled medical team consists of plastic surgeons, FRACS surgeons, and liposuction doctors. It's your choice who you decide you want to operate on you.

Want to learn more about a treatment at Levant? Reach out for a consultation today on 1300 323 772.

You can also learn more at https://www.levantcs.com.au/

Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient. Read more here https://www.levantcs.com.au/risks-and-recovery/

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Photos & videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same & do not guarantee a particular surgical outcome.
Content on our Instagram page is published with the consent of our patients.
The content featured is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.
Images taken immediately post-operatively may not reflect final results.

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This patient had Vaser liposuction to her back & flanks. She saw @dr_mitchell_kim & @dr_kai_gebusion for treatment & is now 8 weeks post op.

Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient. Read more here https://www.levantcs.com.au/risks-and-recovery/

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Photos & videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same & do not guarantee a particular surgical outcome.
Content on our Instagram page is published with the consent of our patients.
The content featured is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.
Images taken immediately post-operatively may not reflect final results.

Treatment performed by Dr Mitchell Kim AHPRA MED0001187435, Dr Karen Gebusion AHPRA MED0001264960 Registered Medical Practitioners. General Registrations.

Want to learn more about this treatment? Please reach out for a consultation today on 1300 323 772.

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