American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals
5 years ago

Surgery complication?

In February of this year I underwent a fat graft from my stomach to my chest. Every sense I have been experiencing a tearing sensation in my side whenever my skin moves or I twist around. My incisions are completely healed and healthy( bellybutton, and above hips). My surgeon is out of state. My normal doctor thinks my fascia may have been injured. What do you think and how would this be fixed?

Procedure: Liposuction
Location: seattle, WA

Replies 3

J. Gerald Minniti
ASPS Surgeon

Hi there, discomfort from liposuction is normal, and certain areas (I call them hot spots) can be particularly sharp, but intermittent. It usually is triggered by body movement or direct touch. It takes a few months for them to calm down and completely go away.

Jorge Latoni
ASPS Surgeon

Pain, and unconconfortable sensations such as you describe are common after liposuction particularly first 3-4 months after and should improve with time.

Paul Parker
ASPS Surgeon
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This is probably some scar tissue from the procedure which should improve over time. Often times, massaging the area can help break up the scar tissue sooner and speed your recovery. It might be helpful to call or email your surgeon with a picture of the involved area. Even though they are out of state, they know what they did at the time of your procedure and this can often be helpful in providing advice.


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