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Liposuction Gone Wrong


What can you do if you get bad liposuction?

Realizing that a cosmetic procedure didn’t turn out as you hoped is heartbreaking. Sometimes, “bad” liposuction can happen if the surgeon doesn’t have the right experience to perform the procedure successfully or the patient isn’t a good candidate. Either way, botched liposuction is physically, mentally, and financially draining. 

Liposuction gone wrong can be corrected with revision surgery to give you the results that you wanted in the first place.


Signs of a Bad Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction results typically take 3-6 months to stabilize. However, once your results are stable and final, there are several red flags to look out for.

Uneven Fat Removal – The treated areas can look bumpy, wavy, or warped if the doctor doesn’t evenly remove the fat or they don’t remove enough fat.

Dents or Divots – Skin imprints that resemble cellulite are often caused by being over-aggressive during the lipo procedure. 

Scar Tissue – Excessive scar tissue can form if your initial procedure is too aggressive, leaving behind skin irregularities and an uneven texture. 

Loose Skin – You may be left with loose skin if so much fat is removed that your skin cannot contract to fit your new shape. 

Cannula Marks – You may see “stripes” or straight lines from where the liposuction cannula was passed if the procedure was performed too close to the skin.

How Can You Correct Liposuction Gone Wrong?

You can undergo liposuction revision surgery if you’re unhappy with the results of your procedure. If you’re considering having a liposuction revision, it’s important to contact a knowledgeable physician with extensive experience in liposuction revision surgery. Modifications can be more complicated than primary liposuction surgery because of the irregular contours and potential scar tissue. 

Dr. Smith performs liposuction revision for patients unhappy or dissatisfied with their initial procedures. He lectures nationally educating other plastic surgeons how to perform these complex procedures as well. Secondary liposuction cases must be met with a certain level of attention and care for the best possible results. Liposuction correction at our NYC office is performed using several liposuction techniques depending on the issues you are having with your previous results.

How is Uneven Liposuction Fixed?

Liposuction revision helps create a smoother, more even surface where you may have dents, divots, or unevenness. Depending on the extent of your case, Dr. Smith may address your concerns using a tumescent liposuction technique combined with other methods (such as VASER  or fat grafting ) to reshape and recontour the target areas. 

Sometimes, patients may need a fat transfer to address irregularities or fill in hollow areas caused by a previous procedure. Fat transfers or fat grafting removes unwanted fat via liposuction and injects it into another area. In addition, fat grafting can help with severe bumps or indents in the skin.

VASER uses ultrasound energy to break down scar tissue and lay the foundation for a smooth new contour. When the scar tissue from the first procedure is treated with VASER, the previously constricted space between the skin and deeper tissue can be opened up to accept fat grafts that can yield a significantly improved appearance.

Can I Get Revision Liposuction Alongside Other Procedures?

Yes. In most cases, it’s perfectly safe to complement your revision surgery with another procedure like a tummy tuck, breast surgery, or a fat transfer like the BBL. Your doctor will discuss which approaches may best enhance your revision liposuction results.

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Am I a Good Candidate For Liposuction Revision Surgery?

If you’re unhappy with the results of your previous liposuction procedure or want to enhance the results, you may be a candidate for revision liposuction. It’s important to wait until your body is 100% healed from your initial surgery before you can safely have revision liposuction.

What to Expect After Revision Liposuction

Recovery after liposuction revision with Dr. Smith is generally similar to recovery after our primary liposuction procedures. As one of NYC’s top liposuction specialists, Dr. Darren Smith has developed techniques and protocols that allow for a rapid, comfortable recovery. Bruising, mild discomfort, and swelling are common. Depending on the exact methods used in your liposuction revision surgery, Dr. Smith may advise you to wear a compression garment for a period from 1 week to 1 month. You will feel better each day after your procedure. While some patients opt to take pain medication, most do not need it beyond the first day or two after their liposuction revision surgery.

 Expect to have bruising for the first one to two weeks after your procedure. Swelling will peak during the first week after surgery and significantly decline during the second week. It will, however, take 3-6 months to see your final result. Most patients can expect to return to the office 2 days after their procedure. Dr. Smith generally allows his patients to return to a light workout 4-5 days after surgery and a full workout at 2 weeks.

Liposuction Revision in NYC

A botched liposuction procedure can be extremely disappointing. If you’re unhappy with previous liposuction surgery and want to fix the results, contact our NYC office today. Our team will work with you to get you the results you’ve been hoping for.

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Dr. Smith and his staff are absolutely incredible. They made me feel welcome, comfortable, and listened to from the moment I first arrived for a consultation, all the way to my surgery and afterwards. The care I received from Dr. Smith, Annalise, and Julia was exemplary. I am thrilled with the results of my procedure, and sincerely can't recommend them highly enough.


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