Revision Liposuction 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.
Revision Liposuction Reviews
"Before I met Dr. Connors, I thought I was a lost cause. A few years ago, I had liposuction (twice) in my abdomen and flanks that left me with ripples, unevenness and really low self-esteem. I did some research on doctors specializing in reconstructive surgery and (by the grace of God) found Dr. Connors. He took his time to answer all of my questions, relieving my anxiety of a THIRD procedure. He was very honest with me and might I add, very patient. Let's just say it took a few years for me to finally get the courage to go through with the third procedure. The day of my surgery, I went in for the procedure very nervous and overwhelmed. As soon as I met with his nurse, Heather, I was able to take a deep breath and begin to calm down. The procedure was completely different than my previous two. I didn't feel like just another procedure to Dr. Connors or Heather. They took the time to talk to me, making sure I was educated and comfortable throughout the entire process. Dr. Connors even performed extra areas during my procedure because he wanted it to come out perfect. (He is quite the perfectionist) I could not have been happier! Dr. Connors has truly changed my life. He has given me the confidence to go out again in a bathing suit and I am just all-around more confident and happier in my day to day. He is hands down the best surgeon in Atlanta and deserves for anyone contemplating cosmetic surgery to consider him. I honestly could not be happier with my results. He went in and fixed what I thought was unfix-able. He is one of the most humble people I have ever met and I will forever be thankful to him. Dr. Connors, Heather, Tammy, and Layla - THANK YOU."- D.E. / Yelp / Jul 10, 2012
Revision Liposuction 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.
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.
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.
Revision Liposuction 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.
Revision Liposuction 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).
Plan Your Procedure
- 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
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.
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.