American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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5 years ago


Is it safe to perform cupping therapy on the abdomen after a liposuction procedure. If so, what are the benefits? If not, what are the risks?

Procedure: Liposuction

Replies 4

Jonathan Zelken
ASPS Surgeon
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I would not recommend it for 4-6 weeks. Cupping applies negative pressure which can increased localized swelling. One of the principles of liposuction is compression which causes liposuction channels to scar down. Cupping, at least in theory, seems like it's a bit of the opposite.

I hope this helps,

Dr Zelken

Daniel Allan

"Cupping" was a popular folk medicine among Eastern European Jews, as well as in other cultures. My paternal grandfather, immigrant from czarist Russia, was considered a local expert in his Brooklyn neighborhood. I can't see it offering any benefits, and I think it could produce prolonged edema in a body part that has already sustained some lymphatic compromise. In other words, I recommend you not do it.

Gregory Dowbak
ASPS Surgeon

I use cupping with Cannaidiol (CBD) Oil in my post op Brazilian Butt Lift patients for :1) seromas resistant to massage therapy (negative pressure applied with gentle strokes helps break up early fibrosis) 2) small areas of fat necrosis and dents in buttocks ( I simultaneously inject fat in small amounts).

CBD is superb for pain and discomfort relief. Learned it from my maternal grandfather, an immigrant from czarist Russia who settled in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. I see no other indications.

Jon Ver Halen

Cupping is safe after liposuction, but you should wait at least 12 weeks post-procedure because it may negatively affect your results. Good luck!


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