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A 29-year-old member asked:

Can you have restylane (dermal fillers) or collagen on your thigh to replace a very bad liposuction job?

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Dr. David Levens
Plastic Surgery 40 years experience
Likely not enough: A difficult problem with liposuction is treating contour irregularities that can result from over removal of fat in areas. The most standard treatment for this problem uses fat from liposuction of other areas to inject into the areas of contour depression. Restylane (dermal fillers) is standard treatment for facial injections to add volume and lessen folds and collagen is rarely injected anymore.
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
No.: These fillers are both expensive and temporary. The best solution for bad liposuction is skilled and properly-performed fat grafting, which will probably take more than one session, and will not eliminate the severe contour problems. But living fat will help to reduce the severity of the deformity, and will be permanent. See an abps-certified plastic surgeon. Best wishes!
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Not really: Those ideas are temporary and formulated to use on smaller areas than thighs. Ongoing treatments of this will be very expensive. Your best solution may be fat grafting to replace needed fat, unless there was damage to muscles and tissue from the procedure. You may want to express your concerns with the surgeon that did your surgery.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Not the best idea: Restylane (dermal fillers) would only give you a temporary correction to your contour problem. Re-do liposuction or fat-grafting is probably a better, long-term fix. Find a surgeon with expertise in this area.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Fillers: Using these products on your legs would be an off label use. You might consider a revision or perhaps another fat loss modality like coolsculpting to smooth out the area.

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