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Revision Liposuction: Correcting a Previous Procedure

By Brian Kobienia, MD, FACS on January 30, 2018


A woman's body contour for plastic surgeryWhile many people who undergo liposuction experience positive cosmetic results, some people wind up experiencing serious side effects and complications following their procedure. This includes unsightly bulges of fat and tissue in the treatment areas. Not only do these issues have a negative impact on the results of the procedure, they can also affect a patient’s self-confidence. Thankfully these issues can be dealt with through a corrective surgery.

The team at our Edina, MN cosmetic surgery center would like to go over the basics of revision liposuction and how it can address complications and problems you experience.

Problems After an Initial Liposuction

After liposuction, some patients experience the following aesthetic complications:

  • Uneven bulges of fat
  • Deep lines or grooves around treatment areas
  • Hard bumps formed by scar tissue
  • Noticeable scarring
  • Sagging skin after liposuction
  • Not enough fat removed
  • Poor body sculpting results

These problems can be caused by a variety of issues, including poor healing, issues with surgical technique, poor planning by the surgeon, and various post-op complications.

What Is Revision Liposuction?

Revision liposuction refers to a secondary liposuction procedure that helps address the various complications that arose from the initial surgery. The revision liposuction procedure is much more complicated than the initial liposuction since there are many different kinds of problems that may need to be fixed.

Candidates for Liposuction Revision

Good candidates for liposuction revision are people who have experienced poor results from their initial liposuction procedure. They should understand all of the risks and benefits involved in the surgery and have realistic expectations about the results and the treatment process.

The Liposuction Revision Procedure

There are different techniques and considerations when performing a revision liposuction.

  • Additional liposuction may be performed to remove extra fat when too little fat was initially removed
  • Scar tissue will need to be removed or worked around in order to get rid of hard bulges and bumps
  • Bulges of fat will need precise fat removal in order to properly sculpt the body contour
  • Sometimes fat transfer will need to be performed to help even out fat distribution and mask bulges of fat

Depending on the nature of the flaws being fixed, a plastic surgeon may need to perform more than one surgery in order to properly revise the problems a patient has experienced.

The Results of Liposuction Revision

While revision liposuction is challenging, the results of the procedure can be quite effective, allowing patients to experience smoother skin, a better sculpted body contour, and better overall confidence in the effects of surgery. The improvements can be significant, and worth the time and financial investment.

We Focus on Getting Things Right the First Time

It’s always best to get the surgery right the first time around. That's why we always take great care in planning a body contouring procedure and making sure the treatment plan properly meets that patient’s needs. Taking extra time to plan a procedure means reduced risk of problems and better patient satisfaction in the long run.

Learn More About Revision Liposuction

For more information about liposuction and how it can improve your body shape and contour, be sure to contact our practice today. Our team looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.

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