If you’re less than pleased with the results of cosmetic surgery, you may be feeling any or all of these things: disappointment, frustration, regret, even anger. You may be considering whether to seek a second procedure. But is it reasonable to expect that a second surgery will yield the outcome you were hoping for originally? Should you go for it?
“Do over” plastic surgery is not uncommon. In medical circles it’s called “revision surgery,” and there are times when the need is obvious. Perhaps the best example is when breast implants have ruptured. If you have an implant that has deflated or may be leaking, you should visit your plastic surgeon right away. In fact, if you notice a potential problem with any other cosmetic implant, schedule a visit with your surgeon.
For patients who simply did not know the outcome they were hoping for, the decision about revision surgery is not as clear. For many people, fortunately, a relatively minor touch up can make all the difference. It’s not unusual at all for a man or woman to return to their liposuction provider for help in smoothing a slight contour irregularity, for instance. And if liposuctioned fat is repositioned to augment the breasts, buttocks or face, repeat injections may be needed due to fat absorption (Kim and Rose, 391).
When it comes to the results of facial plastic surgery, breast augmentation and some body contouring procedures, whether or not to opt for revision surgery is a tricky call to make. If this is the situation you’re in, you have some thinking to do.
A good first step is to try to pinpoint exactly what’s bothering you. If you can see it in the mirror and describe it—say it’s an asymmetrical result of breast augmentation—chances are your plastic surgeon may be able to fine-tune the outcome. If your original procedure resulted in a scar you don’t like, it’s usually possible to achieve a smoother, flatter skin surface through scar revision. While scars can’t be completely removed many can be greatly improved.
But if you have a difficult time saying exactly why you’re not happy with your surgical outcome, think about whether the goals are reasonable.