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Revision Liposuction: What You Need to Know and How to Avoid Them

Liposuction has the potential to dramatically enhance the body’s shape and contour, producing highly desirable results for the patient. However, in the hands of an inexperienced surgeon, liposuction can lead to unnatural body shapes or indentations and rippling of the skin.

Surprisingly, this scenario is relatively common which is why revision liposuction has become a popular service for those skilled cosmetic surgeons. Correcting a “botched” liposuction procedure is highly challenging, so here’s what you should know about liposuction revision and how to best avoid poor results in the first place.

Why is liposuction revision performed?

The growing demand for cosmetic and plastic surgery has resulted in the rise in the number of clinics offering procedures including liposuction. Unfortunately, many of these practitioners have received very little training or experience before performing some of these cosmetic treatments. Some “botched” jobs are because of too much or too little fat being removed and others are due to asymmetry. Whatever the reason, this ends in unsatisfactory results for the patient.

The demand for revision liposuction is also on the rise due to the increase in medical tourism. Cosmetic surgery is substantially cheaper in countries like Thailand, luring patients with their summer holiday and ‘nip and tuck’ deal packages. This comes at a cost. There’s a lack of regulation and no guarantee that the physician you’re seeing has any qualifications to perform the procedure. Cosmetic treatments in many of these countries are also outdated with old technology being used instead of the latest techniques we may be using in Australia.

Liposuction revision is not only required after a badly performed liposuction procedure. Changes in the patient’s body can also warrant correction. People who have experienced sudden weight gain or loss may feel they need revision liposuction due to the irregularities that have appeared in their body shape.

Am I a good candidate for revision liposuction?

Unfortunately, many people are living with unnatural body shapes and irregularities in their appearance. Often they’ve been turned off by the procedure and too afraid to return to the surgeon for a correction or disillusioned with liposuction all together.

There’s no denying revision liposuction is challenging, but for those who’ve experienced an unsuccessful procedure or left with unsatisfactory results, it can be life changing. Liposuction revision may also be beneficial for those who’ve have a successful treatment, but have gained weight or aged in the years after the procedure.

As with a standard liposuction procedure, the best candidates for the cosmetic surgery are those who are in good health and at a healthy starting weight. Areas of the body which are commonly treated during a revision liposuction include arms, thighs, buttocks, abdomen and back.

Typically, patients are advised to wait 6-12 months from the time of their liposuction surgery. This is so you’ve allowed enough time for your body to heal from the initial procedure and swelling doesn’t interfere with the revision process.

Candidates must also be realistic about the outcome of their surgery. While the surgeon will endeavour to correct any abnormalities in the body’s appearance, there may be limitations. This will all be discussed in your consultation prior to the procedure to ensure everyone has the same expectations.

How do I avoid liposuction revision?

The key to avoiding liposuction revision in the first place is to ensure you do your research on the procedure and the clinic you’ve chosen.

There are several types of liposuction procedures used depending on the results desired and the problem areas. Ensuring you’re undergoing the most suitable procedure for your needs will help minimise the chance of unsatisfactory results.

While you may be happy with the clinic, be diligent about researching the surgeon you’ve chosen to perform the liposuction surgery. Are they qualified to perform the exact procedure you’re having? Has he/she had extensive experience in this procedure? Can they show you a portfolio of before and after pictures so you can see successful treatments?

If you’re considering travelling abroad for your liposuction procedure, understand your risks before packing your bags. Don’t rely on the glossy brochures and an appealing price tag to make your decision. Do some independent research and get a second opinion in Australia prior to putting yourself at risk.

Liposuction is an effect tool to contour and enhance a patient’s body shape. It’s not a weight loss surgery. If you’re trying or planning to lose weight in the future, it’s worth doing so prior to undergoing the procedure. Substantial weight loss after your liposuction treatment will affect the results, so making sure you’re at a healthy weight prior will help you avoid undergoing liposuction revision later.

Experiencing a “botched” liposuction procedure and being left with less than desirable results can be very emotional. Many people are hesitant about undergoing a second liposuction procedure, however living with the irregularities can be difficult. Instead of hiding behind baggy clothes, arrange a consultation with Cosmos Clinic to discuss how you can achieve your desired body shape.