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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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what plastic surgeries do i need?

Brow Lift

Member Response:

Cosmetic surgery is never a “need” but always a “want” Please meet with a board certified plastic surgeon to go over what your goals are and the safest procedures in order to achieve them. There are many talented board certified plastic surgeons in the greater NYC area. Best wishes!

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Breast Augmentation for MTF patients

Gender Affirmation Surgery

Member Response:

Hi There are some subtle differences but essential the same operation as a breast augmentation on a cis female. I am in a NJ on the jersey shore and will he happy to see you for a consult

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How to find a thread lift expert?

Thread Lift

Member Response:

Many plastic surgeons do not offer this procedure because it is fraught with complications and the results are not that good. Be careful and best wishes

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How to find a thread lift expert?

Thread Lift

Member Response:

Many plastic surgeons do not offer this procedure because it is fraught with complications and the results are not that good. Be careful and best wishes

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My insurance has no breast weight requirement.

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

Thank you for this excellent question. Many factors go into deciding how much tissue to remove. A lot of it depends on what your breast size is right now compared to what you would like the first size to be after the reduction as well as achieving symmetry in proportion to your body type. All of this Will be discussed with you in the consultation with your plastic surgeon. I agree with some of my other colleagues, if you and your surgeon are not on the same page, it’s good to find someone who you agree with their surgical plan. Other aspect of his is how dense your breasts are with breasts that are more dense, with the same volume of tissue removal, it will weigh more. Best of luck on your journey, and please consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

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pulmonary fistula?

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

Thanks for your question. You would need cardiac and pulmonary risk stratification to determine you risk of complications from anesthesia. Your cardiologist and pulmonologist should be able to provide this for you. Once that is done, your plastic surgeon will determine if you are an appropriate candidate to undergo the procedure. Please see a board certified plastic surgeon for your consult.

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Asymmetric Breasts After Augmentation

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

Thank you for your question. Correction of asymmetric breasts are one of the most challenging surgeries to perform. It is next to near impossible to get perfect symmetry after surgery. In your case, I would wait 6 months from the time to surgery to and assess with photographs to see exactly what is going on. The remaining asymmetry may be minimal where you won't need another surgery or may need another surgery to further improve it. Best wishes!

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Insurance

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

Medical records are usually held on for 7 years. If it’s been greater than 7 years since the doctor left the practice you may be out of luck to get those records Also, please look at the summary plan description (SPD) of your specific insurance plan. It will tell you exactly what the requirements are for a breast reduction. Sometimes you may have a plan exclusion where they won’t cover it under any circumstance. It is also imperative to follow the requirements of the insurance company for a breast reduction to the letter. The insurance companies will try to do anything possible To deny coverage. Best wishes

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Discharge from my belly button 6 years after tummy tuck

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Very good question. Unfortunately this can happen several years after a tummy tuck. It can be what others here have described, a suture abscess. Also where did you have your tummy tuck done ? I have had patients who had procedures done abroad who had developed atypical mycobacterial infections. The first step would be to visit a board certified plastic surgeon for an examination. If your surgeon is someone local, it is always preferable to address these issues with your operating surgeon. Best wishes

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Fleur Des Les

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Excellent question. All depends on how much excess skin you have and exactly where. If people have both horizontal and vertical excess The Fleur-de-Lis would be the best option to get the most contoured look. This is usually reserved for patients who are massive weight loss patients

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Consultation breast reduction

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

Thank you for this very excellent question. It is absolutely normal and okay to be nervous during the consult It is a good idea to have a guardian present during the consultation. I also have a female staff member present during the examination as well. How consults work are that I meet with the patient to determine concerns and take a health history. Then I step out of the room, and have the patient change into a medical gown. My staff member then takes photographs of the breasts as they are part of the medical record as well as a requirement for insurance. coverage. I then perform a full physical exam, which involves checking for masses, abnormal lymph nodes, and breast measurements. After this I ask the patient to cover up and we discuss what the surgical options are to achieve her goals. Best of luck with your consult and please see a board certified plastic surgeon to ensure the highest level of quality.

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recall Allegan

Breast Reconstruction

Member Response:

Thank you for your question! This is something I get asked all the time. The "recall" pertained to only devices that had not been implanted as of the the recall date. For devices that had been been implanted, the FDA asked to monitor for any signs of Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. Allergan Implants should carry a lifetime warranty where they will reimburse you for the cost of the implant only, but your surgeon's fee, anesthesia fee, and OR facility fee is normally not covered. Best of luck and please make sure you are going to a board certified plastic surgeon.

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Breast reduction

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

Thank you for your question. Feeling terrified is not as uncommon as you think after a breast reduction. Bra size unfortunately varies by bra manufacturer. I would wait approximately 6 months until you get re-measured for a bra.

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standard of care when patient tests positive for cotinine for fat transfer to right buttock

Buttock Lift with Augmentation

Member Response:

Thank you for your question. EVery surgeon has different criteria for safely performing an operation. Cotinine is a nicotine metabolite which shows up in the urine and blood when there is recent exposure to nicotine such smoking, vaping, using marijuana rolling papers with nicotine, nicotine gum, nicotine patches, cigars, and second hand smoke. Exposure to nicotine compromises the microscopic blood vessels and causes increased complications such as delayed wound healing and increased surgical site infections. I personally have patients stop 4 weeks prior to surgery and 6 weeks after surgery. It is my policy that I test for cotinine and if positive surgery is cancelled.

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Malignant hyperthermia

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

I think it can still safely be done but its not without risk. Agree with my colleagues below who recommend medical and cardiac risk stratification. For this, please make sure that you do see an actual physician and not a mid level provider Also, a discussion with the anesthesiologist also needs be done. For any patient with a history of MH, I do the case in the hospital and not surgical center.

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Neck Liposuction

Liposuction

Member Response:

I think combining RF with liposuction is a great option. You should definitely meet with a board certified plastic surgeon to see if you are a candidate for either procedure

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Gummy Bear Implants Rippling

Breast Implant Revision

Member Response:

What does you implant card say ? Should tell you exactly what implant was put in. You can also follow up with your surgeon if possible. Otherwise, obtain the operative reports and follow up with a board certified plastic surgeon in your areas to go over what your options are at this time.

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Open wound

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Sorry to hear that this happened. This is what is called full thickness necrosis. All the non-viable or dead tissue should be removed. Some of this can be done under local anesthesia but would be better to be done under anesthesia in the operating room. Following this, you would benefit from having a device called a wound vac to keep the wound clean and to help it heal. I would also suggest increasing your protein supplementation as this will help heal wounds. A couple of questions: Are you a smoker or exposure to any nicotine such as vaping, and exposure to second hand smoke. Are you a a diabetic with A1c > 7? These are some risks that can cause this. Best of luck and wish you a speedy recovery!

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