I had liposuction on my abdomen about 1-1/2 years ago

Question:

I had liposuction on my abdomen about 1-1/2 years ago. There has since been a large bulge over my bellybutton that was not there prior to surgery. Since it has been so long, I do not think it can still be blamed on swelling. Do you know why this may have happened and what can be done to fix it?

Answer:

If there is a residual bulge above the bellybutton, it could be just that there is some fat that was not addressed during the liposuction. This can be treated with just touchup liposuction that very often can be done even under local anesthesia, but any bulge in the abdomen needs to be evaluated to make sure that it is not a hernia. It would be very uncommon to have a hernia after liposuction but it is not unheard of. Therefore, prior to treating any bulge, you would need to be thoroughly examined and even possibly get at CAT scan of the abdomen that would determine if there was a hernia or not.