Revision liposuction is a secondary liposuction surgery performed to correct or improve upon the results of an initial liposuction procedure.
The procedure is the same but the level of difficulty is often higher because the area being treated has undergone surgery before. The revision surgery is performed several months after the initial procedure to give the body time to heal and for the swelling to completely resolve. It often takes many months for the full results of liposuction to become apparent.
Some of the reasons for secondary liposuction surgery are: too little fat was removed during the first procedure, the results are asymmetrical, or the treated areas were not adequately blended with the surrounding body. Unsatisfactory results can often be revised with another liposuction procedure.
One common reason for revision liposuction is that the treated area or areas were not blended, resulting in an abrupt change between the area where fat was removed and the surrounding body parts. A revision lipo doctor can often blend the areas for a more natural looking appearance. For asymmetrical results, the surgeon can remove additional fat to balance out the results.
Secondary liposuction is not possible for every patient. In some cases, additional surgeries may not be appropriate for health reasons or because too much fat may have been removed during the initial surgery. However, insufficient fat removal or uneven fat removal can often be corrected by a skilled revision liposuction specialist. The success of liposuction largely depends on the surgeon’s expertise. The surgeon’s skill, experience, and attention to detail all affect the outcome of revision liposuction.
The revision liposuction surgeon will determine if a person is a good candidate for secondary liposuction and whether the desired results can be achieved. Good candidates are in overall good health and close to their ideal body weights.