Can I Have Liposuction Revisions After 6 Weeks?

I have seen my surgeon as I have irregularities on my right thigh after lipo (3.5 wks post op) and he agrees that revisions need to be performed (there's a dent and a 3cm difference in size). He said we can do it at 6 weeks post op, under local. Others are saying we should be waiting 6 months! Are revisions ok this early?? I really hope so because it's really obvious in person.

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Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Can I Have Liposuction Revisions After 6 Weeks?

Thank you for your question. Most of the swelling has not resolved in 6 weeks. Final results take 6-9 months. I would wait 6 mouths before considering a revision. Discuss your concerns with your Plastic Surgeon

Jeff Angobaldo, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

6 weeks is too early to do a liposuction revision

Six weeks is really too early to do a liposuction revision, even if the problem is very noticeable.  There is inevitably a significant amount of swelling and inflamation on the post-surgical area that can mask the final result, which will make a revision difficult to perform accurately.  It is reasonable to perform revision surgery as early as 4-6 months; my suggestion is to wait.

Samuel Sohn, MD
Henderson Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 105 reviews

Liposuction revision

I would not recommend liposuction revision at 6 weeks after the previous procedure. I would wait at least 6 monthst for the swelling to come down.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Liposuction revision at 6 weeks

In general, I would advise my patients to wait until 4-6 months after surgery prior to revisions but could modify this recommendation in unique circumstances. 

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 82 reviews

When to Revise?

This is always the million dollar question.when is the right time for a revision? If you can wait another few months so much the better.In my experience 6 weeks after lipo is not adequate so you get a revision and once the dust settles in 3,4 or more months you are at it again so the more time the better.Patience here is a good thing.

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

Liposuction revision

Sorry to hear about your outcome.  It is too early to consider a revision.  Changes continue to occur for up to 6 months following surgery.  The problem with a revision that is executed too early is that further problems may become apparent later that can be addressed at the same time as the current issue.  Additionally, your problem may be over or undercorrected if resolution of swelling has not occurred prior to the revision.  Good luck.

Jason Hess, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Wait longer than six weeks to revise liposuction

It is prudent to wait longer than six weeks after liposuction to allow for more healing, contraction and possibly other asymmetries or depressions to declare themselves prior to revising your result. It may be wiser to wait three to six months from the date of surgery.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Liposuction revisions are better done after 3-6 months.

Liposuction revisions are better done after 3-6 months. The dent make get bigger or smaller depending on the swelling. Any decision is better put off for now.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Liposuction results do take time

While you should see some difference soon after your liposuction, you are right that you aren't fully healed and "done" at 6 weeks.  I do see the asymmetries that you and your surgeon see, though.  6 weeks is generally what I consider to be too soon for a liposuction revision, but your surgeon may have some specific reason for suggesting it that early.  I would try to wait (especially for that right thigh "dent") at least 4-6 months, if you can.

Carmen Kavali, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

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