Posted on December 2, 2021

Lumps & Bumps Are Normal after Liposuction, Right?

Liposuction - Lumps & Bumps

Chances are, you wanted liposuction so you could get a smooth, sleek stomach. But what if you end up with lumps after lipo instead? Before you panic, know that some temporary unevenness after getting liposuction can be normal and, in most cases, will smooth out on its own. 

What Causes Lumps after Liposuction?

Lumps and bumps after liposuction or a tummy tuck with liposuction have a variety of causes, including swelling caused by fluid buildup, localized hematomas and residual fat that remains after your procedure. The good news is that in the vast majority of these cases, a lumpy or uneven appearance after liposuction will resolve over time as your body heals and recovers. 

Lumps after liposuction sometimes seem to get worse before they get better. Give your body time to heal.

How to Smooth Liposuction Lumps 

Liposuction lumps often resolve on their own without any intervention. However, there are a few things you can do to minimize their appearance and help them smooth away more quickly.

  • Choose an experienced plastic surgeon. While some lumps after lipo are common and aren’t always preventable, an experienced plastic surgeon in the Walnut Creek/East Bay area can take care to minimize a lumpy appearance by using proper liposuction techniques. 
  • Wear a compression garment. Dr. Mariotti will ask that you wear a compression garment as you heal from liposuction. This helps to reduce swelling and therefore reduce post-liposuction lumps, as well as help your body to heal more efficiently. 
  • Try massage. In some cases, lymphatic drainage massage techniques may help to smooth away lumps after liposuction. Discuss the proper massage techniques with Dr. Mariotti, however, before trying this yourself.
  • Give it time. It can take several weeks or months for residual swelling to diminish and your smooth, lump-free results to develop. Give your body the time it needs to recover after liposuction before assessing your results.

Still have questions? Ready to book your liposuction consultation? Call our office today at 925-685-4533 or contact us online.


Lumps & Bumps Are Normal after Liposuction, Right?
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Lumps & Bumps Are Normal after Liposuction, Right?
Are lumps after liposuction permanent? How do you get rid of lumps after lipo? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Mariotti in the East Bay has the answers.
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Dr. Eric Mariotti Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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