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REVISION LIPOSUCTION

Revision Liposuction Surgery - Atlanta, GA*

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Overview

Atlanta patients that are disappointed or are experiencing unpleasant complications from a liposuction procedure may require a secondary surgery.  Revision liposuction is performed to correct areas of imperfections that stem from an original liposuction procedure. In some cases, the issues are the result of a surgeon whose attempt to remove fat was overly aggressive, resulting in areas that show indentions, disproportionate pockets of fat, and other skin irregularities. Dr. Connors is a skilled revision liposuction surgeon who has expertise in this surgery, and thus can produce attractive, natural-looking results.

 

Surgical Techinique

The surgical technique used during revision liposuction will depend on the problem. The determining factors include the extent and location of the damage from the original procedure. There are two areas to consider, including damage done to the superficial layer and damage affecting the deeper layer.

Superficial

If the surgical error is on the surface of the body (superficial), the skin is of primary concern. The revision procedure will involve traditional liposuction, using a cannula, to remove any additional areas of fat. This will ensure the area under the skin is smooth. At the same time, a skin tightening technique will be incorporated to address the surface.  

Deep Layer

If the damage from the original surgery resides in the deeper fatty layers, additional liposuction may be able to address this. In this case, the surgeon will simply remove the fat that is causing the area to appear bumpy. However, in some areas, too much fat may have been removed leaving holes and empty pockets. In this situation, a fat grafting technique may help fill in these areas.

During/After Surgery

Revision liposuction is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility.  It is considered an outpatient procedure. Patients can generally expect the same recovery as they experienced with the original procedure. However, this varies depending on the extent of the corrective surgery. There will be some bruising and swelling, but the results will be visible almost immediately. By going to an experienced surgeon, patients will find that they are both relieved and thrilled with the results of the revision surgery.

Expected Cost

The cost for revision liposuction can sometimes be misguided. Patients who are unhappy with their results often feel the surgeon who performed the procedure should offer a secondary surgery at no cost. Unfortunately, even surgeons who perform touch-up and a secondary surgery will still charge a fee. For patients who decided they want another surgeon to perform the revision surgery, the fees can range from $2,000-$5,000 (depending on what is being corrected).

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Average Cost  
$5,000 - $15,000
Recovery Time  
1-2 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1-3 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Week
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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Revision Liposuction FAQs

Who Should Perform Surgery?

Deciding who should perform the secondary surgery will depend on what exactly is being corrected. If small touch-ups and slight adjustments are made in areas where the original lipo occurred, the same surgeon will be able to perform this, usually without incident. Patients who experienced a botched liposuction will want to do their research and find a surgeon who is expertly trained and capable of performing revision liposuction. This will increase the chances of a positive result the second time around.

How Soon?

Patients who are unhappy with their liposuction results often feel anxious to have a revision procedure as soon as possible. However, most surgeons will agree that a period of 3-6 months should pass before the secondary procedure takes place. This is to ensure the body is properly healed from the first surgery. It also allows tissue, skin and other internal structures to return to normal following surgery.

How Common is This?

While liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the United States, it is also a common procedure for revisions and redos. With that said, a large majority of error is due to surgeon inexperience. It is important to find a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive expertise in liposuction techniques. This greatly reduces the risk of requiring a revision surgery.

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