Skin Quality and Liposuction – Factors and Effects

Indices of Skin Quality

Liposuction and skin quality matrix need to be at least minimally agreeable to get decent results. In fact, skin quality of the candidate is one of the leading factors considered in deciding the patient’s eligibility for liposuction. The following are key definers of skin quality:

    • Elasticity
    • Pigmentation
    • Tone
    • Firmness
    • Smoothness

‘Skin elasticity’ is the most important skin quality affecting the appearance of liposuction results. It is followed by skin pigmentation.

Significance of Skin Elasticity in Liposuction

  • Importance of High Skin Elasticity: The aesthetic value of liposculpture results depends significantly upon the skin’s elasticity or collagen production. Collagen is a type of body protein vital for skin elasticity, firmness, texture and structure. Skin trauma often stimulates collagen growth. In thermal liposuction or the standard cannula methods, the skin undergoes some wear and tear, which triggers collagen growth. After the procedure, the contour of the treated area reduces and the skin needs to contract to adjust well to the new, trim contours. A good quality skin proves especially helpful in assuming the new shape.

Low quality skin sags or gets wrinkled after fat removal, as it is not able to contract to the trimmed contours. If liposuction is conducted with compromised skin quality, a skin firming procedure may be needed after the fat removal.

  • Factors Affecting Skin Quality
    • Age: Young candidates generally have good skin elasticity and they therefore often make good liposuction candidates.
    • Weight Change: The skin’s elasticity falls due to weight loss or gain in the past.
    • Pregnancy: Skin elasticity usually is weaker after pregnancy.
  • Assessing the Skin Quality: Your liposuction surgeon can best determine the skin type and quality. Broadly, the indicators listed below signify low skin quality.
      1. Stretch marks
      2. Wrinkles
      3. Ripples
      4. Fine lines
      5. Sag
  • Collagen Inducers
    • Diet: Collagen is a type of protein. Therefore, a high protein diet is very helpful in its production. Whole grains, milk, cheese, vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts, beans, and seeds are some good sources of protein.
    • Exercise: It enhances blood circulation, which stimulates collagen growth.
    • Hydration: Drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water helps keep the skin moisturized and firm.

Skin Pigmentation

  • Scarring: Scarring is another skin issue witnessed after liposuction. While many of these scars go away with time, in some cases they stay for 3-4 years. Scarring is especially a problem if large cannulae are used in liposuction and/or if the skin pigmentation is dark.
  • Hypo-Pigmentation: This is a condition of major or complete loss of pigmentation in the area of incision. It occurs due to rigorous cannula movement killing some of the pigment cells. This is most often a result of improper liposuction surgery handling. Loss of pigmentation is visible more on dark skin.

Skin Quality and Liposuction – Summary

Skin quality is not the only predictor for liposuction success. However, a better quality of skin health helps make the results closer to the desired aim. Overall, the changes of liposuction far outweigh the slight skin quality issues after plastic surgery. Note that liposuction does not improve the skin quality.