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Lipo Burn: What It Is and How to Treat It

Updated: Feb 27, 2023



Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure for removing unwanted fat from various parts of the body. Despite its popularity, many people are unaware of the potential complications of this procedure, including lipo burn.


What is Lipo Burn?

Lipo burn, also known as liposuction burn or thermal injury, is a potential complication that can occur during plastic surgery procedures that involve the use of heat or energy-based devices such as laser-assisted or radiofrequency-assisted. Plastic surgeons use devices to heat and liquefy fat cells before suctioning them out of the body. However, if the device is not used correctly or if the heat generated is excessive, it can cause burns to the skin, resulting in lipo burn.


How to treat Lipo Burn?

Treatment for lipo burn varies depending on the severity of the burn. If the burn is mild, over-the-counter creams and ointments can be applied to soothe the skin and help it heal. In more severe cases, a doctor may prescribe topical or oral antibiotics to prevent infection and promote healing.


You may also use creams such as Silvadene, which is useful in treating lipo burns because it helps to prevent infection, reduces pain, and promotes healing. Consult with your surgeon before using any creams or ointments.


Ways to promote healing after Lipo Burn

Here are several techniques you can use to minimize discomfort and promote healing:


1. Oral vitamins (such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E)

Oral vitamins can help promote healing after lipo burn by providing essential nutrients to the body. Vitamin A helps in the production of new skin cells. Vitamin C is important for collagen production, which is essential for healthy skin and wound healing. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin from free radical damage.


2. Hyperbaric Chamber

A hyperbaric chamber is a medical device that delivers high-pressure oxygen in a controlled environment which can help reduce inflammation and promote tissue healing. In most cases, it is used as a form of treatment for conditions that involve damaged tissue or inadequate oxygen supply.


3. Foods with Protein

Intake of foods high in protein, such as chicken, fish, eggs, and tofu, can help provide the essential building blocks for repairing damaged tissue. This can help promote a faster recovery after lipo burn, reduce scarring, and improve the overall appearance of the affected area.


In conclusion, lipo burn is a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention from a qualified plastic surgeon. Treatment options may include wound care, antibiotics to prevent infection, and in some cases, surgical intervention or hyperbaric oxygen therapy to promote healing. As with any surgical procedure, it is important to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon and to thoroughly discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure before making a decision.


Disclaimer: Please note that the information provided in this blog is based on the experiences of our clients and is not intended as medical advice. It is important to always consult with a physician before starting any new treatment and to follow their orders carefully.

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