If the patient is dissatisfied with the body contouring outcomes of the primary liposuction plastic surgery, they may require a revision procedure to improve contours.
A revision or secondary liposuction can often be more complicated corrective surgery, and the procedure should only be performed a fully trained and experienced surgeon.
Revision liposuction can be performed using several techniques, and the surgeon will recommend the most appropriate surgical approach according to the patient’s unique needs. The prolific and state of the art Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin, provides revision liposuction surgery to patients in Richmond, Virginia, and surrounding communities in The Old Dominion.
A frank discussion during the initial consultation with the patient will help the surgeon determine what problems and concerns the patient is facing with their primary liposuction, and whether they are a revision liposuction candidate. Patients who are unhappy with their self-image or their confidence is dented due to unsatisfactory body contouring results in the primary surgery may benefit from a secondary procedure.
The candidate should be within 20 pounds of their optimal body weight, should be in good physical and emotional health, and have realistic expectations. They should be committed to maintaining a decent diet and exercise regimen after the revision liposuction surgery for maximal outcomes. If the patient consumes pizza after pizza and fried chicken piece after fried chicken piece they will soon negate the lipo surgery and could even be worse off.
You do not want to consume more calories that you can or will be able to burn off or need on a daily basis.
Revision liposuction plastic surgery is typically performed using general anesthesia. However, if the patient requires only minor improvement in contours in a specific area, local anesthesia with sedation may be used. The procedure may be performed on an outpatient basis. The anesthesiologist who administers general anesthesia will stay in the operating room to monitor patient response throughout the surgery.
Before the surgery is started, the liposuction surgeon will mark the areas with a surgical marker to focus on areas that require revision or correction. Some areas may require fat reinjection or fat transfer, where excess fat loss may have occurred, while some other areas may require fat removal where the stubborn fat pocket is still lingering on.
Once the patient is placed under general anesthesia, the surgeon will inject a saline solution containing a local anesthetic and adrenaline into the affected areas. They will create very small incisions in discreet locations for the insertion of the cannula. In areas of contour depression, fat reinjection or fat transfer will be performed to create consistent and uniform body contours.
For fat removal, the surgeon will insert a blunt cannula through the incisions into the deeper tissue layers. In some cases, laser or ultrasound energy may be delivered to the fat tissue area to allow for melting of the fat and its less traumatic removal. Once the revision surgery is completed, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures, and cover the incisions with bandages.
Recovery in case of revision liposuction surgery may take one to two weeks, depending on the extent of tissue correction performed.
The patient will be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks to expedite healing and support new contour formation. Judicious and fully qualified plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Virginia, and other towns and neighborhoods in this area of the state for revision liposuction surgery.
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