Number of Times You Can Get Liposuction. Is There a Limit?

Is there a limit to how many times I can have Liposuction done on the same body part or area?

Doctor Answers 14

Repeated liposuction in the same area

Liposuction can be repeated in the same area however this can considerably increase the chances of developing contour irregularities.  Generally speaking, the more liposuction a person has in the same area, the more likely the skin contour/texture can be lumpy and bumpy.  Scar tissue develops underneath the skin making future liposuction technically more difficult.  The skin becomes firmer and can take on an unnatural look with small dimples.

Please consult with a board certified plastic surgeon before scheduling liposuction surgery.

Best wishes,

Dr. Bruno


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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The first chance is usually the best chance to get the...

The first chance is usually the best chance to get the best result, but from time to time revisions on the same body part may need to be done. It's important however to give your body some time to recover after the procedure, and wait at least 6 months or longer before having any more liposuction in the same area.

Shahram Salemy, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Repeat liposuction in the same area

Repeat liposuction in the same area is possible but each time you have liposuction your risk of uneven or irregular results increases.  "Touch-ups" are fairly common after liposuction but if you are repeatedly requesting liposuction in the same area then you may not be an ideal candidate for liposuction.

Liposuction is to smooth and shape the contours of the body.  It is not a form of weight loss.  If you are having liposuction multiple times then you should focus more attention on diet and exercise.

Richard H. Fryer, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
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Advisability of Repeated Liposuction on the SAME Areas

Like most things in life, the fist time always offers the best opportunity to correct an area. While secondary / revision liposuction may be and is done it becomes increasingly harder due to the presence of increasing amounts of scar tissue which impedes the flow of the liposuction tube and its ability to extract the far.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Hidef liposuction revision

I would consider our Hidef Liposuction Revision technique that uses non surgical means such as Exilis multi plane tissue tightening, Yag laser, lipocavitation, skin resurfacing, and fibrous release. 

Best, 

Dr. Karamanoukian

Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Is there a limit to the number of times a person can get liposuction?

There is no specific limit to the number of times a person can get liposuction to one area. However the more frequently you have the procedure, the more scar tissue will build up. Scar tissue can lead to the appearance of lumpiness and unevenness in skin texture.

Usha Rajagopal, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction becomes more difficult in an area each time it is repeated

While there is technically no limit to the number of times liposuction can be repeated, it becomes more and more difficult each time it is repeated because the surgeon has to move through fibrous tissue from previous procedures. It is rare that someone would have to repeat liposuction multiple times in a given area.

Lawrence Osman, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Each time you will see reduced results with repetition

There is no absolute limit but you will see little difference in repeating lipo if it was done properly the first time assuming little time has passed and you haven't gained weight. Repeat lipo is usually a losing proposition. This of course is assuming you are doing the same areas over.

Best Regards.

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction can be repeated on the same area

Liposuction can be repeated on the same area, but over time scarring my make repeated treatments harder.  In fact, ultrasonic liposuction may be required to get through the scar tissue on areas previously treated with liposuction.

How many times can liposuction be performed in the same area?

Liposuction is a popular and effective way to contour the body. This surgery is an excellent way to remove stubborn fat but it cannot be used for weight control. Although it is possible to perform liposuction again in an area that has already been treated, the effectiveness of a repeat liposuction will be limited by the amount of scar tissue that is present from the previous liposuction. Your best bet is to initiate a rigorous exercise regimen had stay on balanced low-fat diet and only receive liposuction once you are at your stable weight. This will help you achieve a long-lasting and safe result.
 

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