EXPERT Q&A

Q: Can liposuction be redone on an area to fix problems with the original procedure?

What our experts say:

I probably perform secondary (revisional) liposuction once or twice in any given week.  Sometimes, fat can be grafted at the same time to areas that may have been overdone in a past procedure.  You would need to be examined to determine whether additional liposuction and/or fat grafting could benefit you.  Using newer technologies is really much less important than being properly assessed and treated by someone with a lot of experience in cases such as yours.


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Dr. David P. Rapaport

Plastic Surgeon

New York, New York

The best way to correct this is to prevent it in the first place, careful selection of patients as good candidate for surgery is critical for liposuction (as well as all aesthetic plastic surgery) The patient's skin and fat quality will determine for the most part the level of risk to develop contour deformities post liposuction. Laser liposuction procedures such as Smart Lipo (which I utilize) can help to minimize this problem when used in the correct patients to aid in creating better skin retraction and a smooth appearance after liposuction. If a patient does develop contour deformities / dimpling etc. after a liposuction procedure, often a new procedure can be designed to aid in improving or completely correcting the appearance which may involve a combination of additional liposuction and fat grafting which is adding fat, via injection of small droplets, into the dimpled areas. Additionally scar tissue from prior liposuction or other surgeries can be addressed with these same techniques in addition to scar releasing techniques either through scar revision or utilizing special instruments to release the scar tissue (Smart Laser liposuction can be used for this application as well) and the area is further supported with fat grafting to improve the contour and prevent scar retraction.
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