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Rahul Vemula, MD, FACS

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Rahul Vemula, MD, FACS

Dr. Vemula grew up in Northern NJ in Morris county and returned to the Jersey Shore to practice plastic surgery in August, 2016. After working in the area for a few years, Dr. Vemula founded VIP Plastic Surgery in West Long Branch, NJ in 2020. He believes that patient safety is of utmost importance and every procedure should be approached with precise attention to detail and an aesthetic sense. He employs the latest techniques & technologies available in both aesthetic and reconstructive


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Meet Dr. Rahul Vemula


Dr. Vemula performs all aspects of aesthetic surgery such as facelifts, browlifts, upper and lower blepharoplasty, primary and revision rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, breast reduction, mastopexy, body contouring, liposuction, abdominoplasty, brachioplasty, body lifts, thigh lift, and Brazilian butt lifts using the latest techniques in fat grafting. In addition - at VIP Plastic Surgery of Monmouth County,  NJ - he also practices non-surgical aesthetic medicine including BOTOX and injectable fillers such as Juvederm and Restalyne.

Dr. Vemula has a special interest in breast reconstruction. Dr. Vemula completed his plastic surgery training in New Orleans, LA which and worked under world renowned microsurgeons to learn perforator flap breast reconstruction such as the DIEP flap and PAP flap. Dr. Vemula is very excited to bring this skill set to help women on the Jersey Shore.

Breast procedures

Dr. Vemula specializes in the following breast procedures:

  • Breast augmentation – this is a plastic surgery treatment to increase the shape and volume of the female breasts. Breast augmentation - also referred to as breast enlargement - is the most popular cosmetic surgery treatment today.

  • Breast lift – women who have sagging or drooping breasts can benefit from a breast lift. Scientifically referred to as mastopexy, this cosmetic surgery improves the shape of the breasts in order to deliver a perky, youthful, and lifted appearance.

  • Breast reduction – women whose breasts are overly large can suffer from physical symptoms such as back and shoulder pain, or psychological consequences such as low self-esteem. Dr. Vemula performs reduction mammoplasty or breast reduction procedures in order to suit the patient’s aesthetic or functional goals.  

  • Breast revision – patients who are dissatisfied with the outcome of a previous breast augmentation procedure can benefit from Dr. Vemula’s breast revision surgery procedure. This surgery is a highly delicate procedure that requires an artistic eye.

  • Asymmetry correction – breast asymmetry is a fairly common complication after breast augmentation surgery. Dr. Vemula performs breast asymmetry correction surgery in order to deliver an even breast implant appearance.

  • Implant removal – some women choose to have their breast implants removed or replaced for one reason or the other. Dr. Vemula customizes this treatment to suit the patient’s goals.

  • Breast reconstruction – women who have gone through breast cancer can benefit from breast reconstruction surgery. This procedure may be completed using artificial implants or natural tissue extracted from the patient’s body.

Face procedures

The team at VIP Plastic Surgery offers a variety of facial cosmetic procedures:

  • Facelift – this procedure aims to reverse the signs of aging and improve the appearance of the patient’s face.

  • Neck lift – patients who have a ‘turkey wattle’ or other cosmetic imperfection in the neck or jaw region can benefit from neck lift plastic surgery.

  • Eyelid surgery – also referred to as blepharoplasty, this treatment alleviates eyelid appearances that can ruin the patient’s cosmetic appearance or impair vision.

  • Rhinoplasty – Dr. Vemula offers nose reshaping surgery in order to correct the appearance of bumps, enlarged nostrils, and other cosmetic imperfections. This cosmetic procedure can also benefit individuals who have a broken nose, or septum deviation that impairs breathing.

  • Laceration repair – proper treatment and care of skin lacerations is crucial to optimal healing. Dr. Vemula utilizes advanced techniques that reduce the risk of infection and deliver an excellent outcome.  

  • Reconstructive pediatric surgery – unforeseen trauma or accidents can leave burns, scarring, or disfigurement in children. Dr. Vemula offers this surgery option to repair physical defects that can lead to unwanted attention.

Body procedures

The surgeon also specializes in a wide range of body procedures:

  • Mommy makeover – new mothers often feel that their new body shape is inadequate and unattractive. A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures that alleviate post-pregnancy changes to give women a youthful appearance.

  • Tummy tuck – also referred to as abdominoplasty, this cosmetic procedure alleviates the appearance of a bulging lower belly. Many patients who receive this treatment benefit from a slimmer and tighter abdominal contour.

  • Brazilian butt lift – this is a buttock enhancement technique that utilizes natural fat extracted from other parts of the body. This procedure usually does not involve skin incision as is the case with the typical ‘butt lift’ surgery.

  • Labiaplasty – enlarged or overhanging vaginal labia can lead to a host of cosmetic or functional problems. Dr. Vemula offers this sensitive treatment to give women increased comfort, and a renewed aesthetic sense.

  • Liposuction – this is a highly effective treatment that addresses stubborn pockets of fat in different parts of the body. Dr. Vemula uses advanced equipment and techniques to deliver excellent results with this procedure.

  • Arm lift – also referred to as Brachioplasty, this is a cosmetic surgical treatment that addresses sagging in the underarms, thus delivering a slimmer and shapelier upper arm contour.

  • Thigh lift – many individuals have loose sagging skin on their inner thighs after losing a significant amount of weight. Thighplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin from this region to deliver a better contour.

  • No-mesh hernia repair – Dr. Vemula offers both mesh and non-mesh hernia repair techniques to suit the needs of the patient.

Nonsurgical procedures 

Dr. Vemula offers a number of non-surgical, non-invasive, cosmetic procedures to alleviate mild cosmetic issues.

BOTOX: this is an injectable drug that reduces skin wrinkles and helps treat some muscle-related conditions. BOTOX is the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatment.

Juvederm: this is a cosmetic filler treatment that can restore facial contours and improve the signs of aging. Juvederm treatment is typically administered on the face, particularly around the mouth, lips, and cheeks.

Rhinoplasty: non-surgical rhinoplasty utilizes injectable fillers to alter the shape or appearance of the nose without invasive surgery. This technique is ideal for correcting minor cosmetic concerns on the nose.

At his VIP Plastic Surgery office in West Long Branch (NJ), Dr. Vemula works with highly qualified professionals, including a certified anesthesiologist and nursing staff who are committed to patient safety and comfort.

Procedures

Procedures Performed

Arm Lift

Body Contouring

Body Lift

Botulinum Toxin

Breast Augmentation

Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Revision

Breast Lift

Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Brow Lift

Burn Reconstruction

Buttock Implants

Buttock Lift with Augmentation

Calf Augmentation

Cheek Augmentation

Cheek Reduction

Chemical Peels, IPL, Fractional CO2 Laser Treatments

Chin Augmentation

Cleft Lip and Palate Repair

Cosmetic Surgery & Computer Imaging

Dermal Fillers

Deviated Septum Correction

Down Syndrome

Ear Reconstruction Surgery

Ear Surgery

Eyelid Ptosis Repair

Eyelid Surgery

Facelift

Facial Implants

Free Flap Breast Reconstruction

Gender Affirmation Surgery

General Reconstruction

Giant Nevi Removal

Head and Neck Cancer Reconstruction

Head and Neck Skin Cancer Reconstruction

Injectable Fillers

Lip Augmentation/Enhancement

Liposuction

Lymphedema Treatment

Male Breast Reduction

Male Chest Implants

Microdermabrasion

Microsurgery

Migraine Surgery

Mommy Makeover

Neck Lift

Nonsurgical Fat Reduction

Panniculectomy

Post Burn Reconstruction

Retin-A Treatments

Rhinoplasty

Scar Revision

Skin Cancer Removal

Surgery for Genitourinary Diseases

Thigh Lift

TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction

Tummy Tuck

Vascular Malformations

Wound Care

Ask A Surgeon

Ask a Surgeon

Dr. Rahul Vemula participates in the ASPS Ask A Surgeon service. View responses to public questions below.

Surgery possible for patient who takes warfarin due to AVR?

Male Breast Reduction

Member Response:

Thank you for your great question. One has to outweigh the risks and benefits of stopping Warfarin and bridging to Lovenox and the cardiologist can help figure out exactly these risks. With something like this, the warfarin is usually stopped a few days prior and then Lovenox is started. Lovenox is stopped 6-12 hour prior to surgery. Following surgery Warfrain is started again, however either Lovenox or a Heparin drip must be started until the INR is at a theraputic level. If your cardiologist feels that post op, a heparin drip is required, this necessitates a stay in the hospital until INR is theraputic. In my experience with my own patients, this can take anywhere from 2-4 days. Some cardiologists are very cautious and do not let people go home until an INR is at an acceptable level. You also face two types of risks with this procedure. There is a risk of a thromboembolic event when the blood thinners are stopped, and risk of bleeding when blood thinners are started again.

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Is removal of 20 year old textured implants required?

Breast Implant Removal

Member Response:

Thank your for your excellent question! Before deciding to remove textured implants a visit to to a board certified plastic surgeon should be the first step. If you are not having any symptoms, and wish to remove your implants, that is a personal decision and the proper procedures that are correct. for you should be discussed with your plastic surgeon. If you remove implants and do not replace them with anything, yes you will definitely be flatter than you are now. A visit to a plastic surgeon should help you determine if you would require a mastopexy ( breast lift at the same time.) In my practice, like many of my colleagues, I have patients with diverse desires. Some women choose to remove implants and replace them with another set of implants at the same time, and I have also had patients who have decided to not to replace implants and opted to have a mastopexy at the same time as well as other patients who have decided not to have any surgery except remove the implants.

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Is it okay to show photos of what I want?

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

Not a bad idea to bring photographs into your consultation. It helps your surgeon figure out if your expectations are realistic or not. At times, I have patients that bring in pictures that are very unrealistic to their body. I have found the best thing is to do 3-D imaging where I can show a patient, a 3-D model generated from their own pictures. What certain implants would look like

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How many units of Botox are injected in one session?

Botulinum Toxin

Member Response:

Many areas can be combined in one session. The # of units depends de on the severity of the wrinkles you have and how “frozen” of a look that one wants. I’ve injected as little as 10 units in one session or even over 100 units. Please meet with a board certified plastic surgeon to do a full assessment on your face to see how many units would be appropriate for you

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Excise Skin Graft

Burn Reconstruction

Member Response:

Hi! Yes dermaclose Can absolutely be used on something like this I have done it with success. I see that you are in NYC. My office is in Nj. Would be happy to see you for a consult and determine if this procedure is right for you

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Excise Skin Graft

Burn Reconstruction

Member Response:

Hi! Yes dermaclose Can absolutely be used on something like this I have done it with success. I see that you are in NYC. My office is in Nj. Would be happy to see you for a consult and determine if this procedure is right for you

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Please help guide me/ very urgent

Breast Reconstruction

Member Response:

Sorry to hear this happened If the expander is exposed to the environment then it absolutely has to come out. As far as doing a latissimus flap, I don’t know the reasons that your surgeon is saying that they want to do it emergently. If you have a history of radiation, and the wound cannot be closed that may be one reason that they want to do an emergent flap. if your chest wound can be closed without the flap, another option is to place a drain and close the wound. as a form of reconstruction, latissimus flap is one option, depending on your anatomy you may also be a candidate for flaps from the abdomen (DIEP) or thigh (PAP)

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Delayed Diep Flap after NSM

DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction

Member Response:

There may be too much scar tissue to get the nipple back into an aesthetic position. It is an very high risk 80-100% failure rate of doing an implant alone after radiation. However, the risk significantly decreases if a procedure called a "hybrid DIEP Flap" is done. In this situation an implant can be placed under the DIEP flap and the failure rate is much lower than doing an implant alone. For my patients, I usually do the DIEP Flap first, then perform at least 1-2 rounds of fat grafting first before putting in an implant.

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I need help ASAP!!

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

Would need to see pictures but you have many options which include fat transfer to the smaller breast or augment with an implant You can also reduce the larger side to match the smaller side. Please meet with a board certified plastic surgeon to go over all of your options to figure out which procedure is right for you.

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Open wound

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

I think it will close if there is very limited undermining around the wound. A wound vac will definitely help it close faster.

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Incision not healing

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Based on the picture shown here it looks like there is necrotic or nonviable tissue present in this wound. This would would benefit from Debridement which is a procedure to cut away al of the non viable tissue. ONly then will the wound start to heal. Please speak with your surgeon about the timing of the debridement.

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Should I go to a wound center ??

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

It’s best to have a post operative visit with the surgeon since you are so early post op.

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How easy/hard is it to mess up rhinoplasty results ?? 23 days post op, I did something really stu

Rhinoplasty

Member Response:

It is best to discuss this with your plastic surgeon. It is always the best policy to be honest with your surgeon so they can provide the proper treatment. Best wishes

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Academic setting or private practice?

Breast Reconstruction

Member Response:

Plastic surgeons who are skilled in breast reconstruction are in many different type of practices such as academic, group practice and solo private practice. In all of these settings you can get an excellent care and outcome. In all three of these settings your surgeon may utilize residents, fellows and PA's to be part of your care team. For example I am in solo private practice and do a significant amount of breast reconstruction. Residents and PA's are part of my team to help take care of my patients. It is of utmost importance to research your surgeon to make sure that the surgeon is a board eligible or board certified plastic surgeon who's practice involves breast reconstruction. Irrespective of what kind of setting the surgery is done in, important factors that lead to failure of Tissue expanders include, any exposure to nicotine, higher BMI, uncontrolled diabetes and history of external beam radiation. Best wishes

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Best option for frowning belly button

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Based on the pictures you posted as well as your concerns, it seems that you would be a good candidate for a minimally invasive procedure such as liposuction with Renuvion/J plasma. Best wishes!

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Nipple sparing mastectomy

Breast Reconstruction

Member Response:

Thank you for this question. The ability to have a nipple sparing mastectomy depends on a few things: - The position of your nipple on the breast. The best candidates are women who have no ptosis or "sagging" of the nipple. IF the nipple is at the lower border of the breast and pointing downwards you are generally not a good candidate for a nipple sparing mastectomy In addition equally as important are the characteristics of your tumor. If it is close to the nipple, and a large tumor then you are usually not a candidate for a nipple sparing mastectomy Best wishes

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Revision

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

Sorry to hear this happened and yes it can definitely be fixed. You would likely require a full revision of both sides. This would be more similar to a breast lift than a reduction. You may also benefit from tattoos to reconstruct the nipple areola complexes. Please meet with a board certified plastic surgeon for an in person examination Best wishes

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Disney trip 8 days post op

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

It is probably not a good idea to do a Disney trip 8 days post op. I cannot speak for any other surgeon's post op care except for my own instructions. If you were my patient, I would want you to commit to not travelling for 4-6 weeks after a major surgery like a breast reduction.

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Lower abdominal bulge

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

You may need some liposuction combined with a modality like Renuvion. Please visit your plastic surgeon. Best wishes

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Breast explant and lift

Breast Lift

Member Response:

Agree with my colleagues here. Please contact your surgeon for advice

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