Coping with the deformities left by bad liposuction can be life altering. Correcting this damage requires extreme amounts of time and money in most cases, requiring additional surgeries. These surgeries might include more liposuction and fat grafting to try a restore a more natural look to the body. There are also nonsurgical methods available, such as compression garments and lipodissolve.
The most common result of bad liposuction is a misshapen body. This can include depressions or lumps and bumps in place of once smooth skin. It can also result in an asymmetrical appearance. Once this damage is done, it is difficult to correct. Finding a doctor who has experience in this area is the most important first step in trying to return the body to a more normal shape.
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One of the surgeries that can help the depressions in the skin left from removing too much excess fat is called fat grafting. This procedure removes excess fat from another part of the body and then transfers it to depressed areas. This procedure sometimes involves liposuction after the transfer is done to continue contouring and smoothing the area.
Another procedure that can correct bad liposuction is more liposuction. An experienced and highly trained doctor may be able to restore a smooth, symmetrical appearance by performing additional surgeries. There is risk involved in additional liposuction because it is not guaranteed to correct the problems and could potentially worsen a patient's appearance.
Lipodissolve is a nonsurgical procedure that can help reduce the detrimental effects of bad liposuction. During this procedure the patient is injected with substances that can melt or dissolve the fat in uneven areas. It must be done multiple times for optimal results. This procedure is not 100% effective; even when it is successful, results may not be seen until a couple of weeks after it is performed.
It is important to note that lipodissolve is still in the experimental stage. It has not been studied extensively and is not approved by regulating bodies, such as the Food and Drug Administration in the United States. The cocktail of substances used in lipodissolve will vary from doctor to doctor. It is important to find a doctor who has had previous success treating the results of bad liposuction with lipodissolve.
Sagging skin is another problem that bad liposuction can leave behind. Elasticity refers to the skin's ability to bounce back once the fat is removed. Individuals who do not have elastic skin can suffer from sagging once excess fat is removed. Some factors that contribute to the likelihood of sagging skin after a procedure include age and the part of the body on which the liposuction is performed. The inner thighs, for example, have skin that is more likely to sag after liposuction.
One option available to individuals dealing with sagging skin is to wear compression garments. These will not make the skin shrink to accommodate the decreased amount of fat. They will, however, make it easier to cope with the excess skin by keeping it compressed during daily activities.