Patients who choose to undergo liposuction should already be dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They should be on a sensible diet and engage in a regular exercise routine. However, they may have a few trouble spots of stubborn fat. Such patients have very high expectations when undergoing a liposuction cosmetic procedure. They have a very specific goal in mind when it comes to the results of the liposuction procedure.
Unfortunately, in some cases, liposuction will not provide the results that patients want. If a liposuction procedure is not properly performed, patients may be left with skin that is not smooth or properly shaped to the body. In these cases, revision surgery may be required to correct the problem. Revision surgeries are more difficult to perform because they must both correct for the problems from the first surgery, as well as improve the body’s contour and shape. Fortunately, Dr. Vincent Marin is an expert at revision surgery, with many years of experience in helping patients get the results they wanted from the first procedure.
Problems That May Lead to a Revision Liposuction Procedure
- Not enough fat removed: This is perhaps the most common problem that will lead to a revision liposuction procedure. Surgeons who may not have a great deal of experience with liposuction procedures in general, or with removing fat from hard to reach locations such as around the groin area, may not remove enough fat. In other cases, the fat may be particularly thick or fibrous, making it difficult to remove. In these cases, patients may not achieve a noticeable change in the body’s contour.
- Lumpy, dimpled, uneven appearance: Conversely, if too much body fat is removed from one particular area, it can lead to a dimpled, lumpy, waxy, or uneven appearance to the skin. The skin may also take on this appearance due to either uneven fat removal or removal of more fat closer to the outer dermal layer of the body rather than deeper subcutaneous fat.
Revision Liposuction Technique
Patients should wait at least three to four months after the initial procedure before undergoing a revision. This will allow the body time to heal from the first surgery so that both Dr. Marin and the patient have a better idea of what corrective steps can be taken.
Dr. Marin will use a variety of techniques to correct for initial liposuction that did not produce good results. He may remove more fat to even out certain body areas or to produce a more noticeable difference if not enough fat was removed during the first procedure. He may perform a fat grafting procedure, in which excess fat from other parts of the body are used to fill in areas where too much fat was initially removed. If there are particularly thick scars or adhesions due to uneven fat removal, Dr. Marin will remove the adhesions or scars and use fat grafts to even out the body’s contour lines.
Dr. Marin will not only correct the initial problem but help the patient achieve the results he or she was hoping for with the first round of surgery. After a successful revision liposuction procedure, patients will finally be able to show off the body toward which they have worked so hard.
*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.