Let’s say you’re not a big fan of the way your last procedure turned out, can you get a do over on your plastic surgery? It’s the kind of logic we apply to a haircut: if you didn’t like your haircut, you should be able to get another one for free. A do-over. Sure, you might have to wait until your hair grows out again, but eventually you’ll end up with a style you like.
How “Do Over Plastic Surgery” Works
Getting plastic surgery is, of course, more complex than getting a hair cut. That’s why surgeons have to undergo a decade of training and hairstylists can be practicing in six months (the stakes are much lower when a stylist makes a mistake).
But in some ways, this basic concept does exist in plastic surgery circles. It’s usually referred to as a “revision” procedure. And there are many ways in which one might go about getting a revision procedure—but everything kind of depends on why you want to get a do over on your plastic surgery in the first place.
Why Do You Want a Do Over?
Plastic surgery can be equal parts art and science. Surgeons have to take educated guesses about aesthetics and about the way the body will heal—that’s because everyone is an individual and we all have our own natural healing processes. You can predict what will happen, but those predictions won’t be accurate 100% of the time.
So when it comes time to decide whose “fault” an unsatisfactory result is, there can be plenty of room for debate. If you order a pepperoni and sausage pizza and you receive green olives and mushroom, you’ll likely get a replacement pizza for free. But surgery isn’t pizza.
And since it can be difficult to separate fault from chance, in most cases patients will pay for a revision procedure out of pocket. So it will become important to identify precisely what you’re unhappy with and the best way to fix it.
Motivations for a Revision
There are many reasons why a revision procedure might be warranted. In many cases, a revision happens because:
- The results are ultimately unsatisfactory. Sometimes results are deeply disappointing, other times results might be only a little off. (Though it’s worth noting that the vast majority of plastic surgery results are considered quite good.)
- Patient expectations were out of alignment with what was possible. This happens from time to time, and it’s not really anyone’s fault. It’s just that—thanks in part to modern television—patients sometimes have an exaggerated notion of what plastic surgery can accomplish. This leads to a feeling of being underwhelmed when you see the results.
- Changes in opinion over time: It’s not uncommon for patients to change their opinions over a long period of time. This is especially true for a procedure such as breast augmentation. In these cases, patients might feel as though one size is great when they’re younger but not after they’ve aged some. So, ten or fifteen years down the line, those patients may opt for a breast augmentation revision.
The Problems of the Nose
What’s particularly interesting about revision procedures is that many of them take place after a rhinoplasty. By no means is this, you know, exclusively true. Many procedures have revision options. But the nose is incredibly tricky, and sometimes it takes several attempts to get it right.
Patients who want a revision for their nose job have two choices:
- Surgical Revision: Surgical revision rhinoplasty is, essentially, a second rhinoplasty procedure. It’s definitely a good idea to wait until all healing is complete to begin this (which could take roughly a year). A surgical revision has the benefit of making substantial changes to the nose, but it also means that patients will be required to go through an equally significant recovery period.
- Non Surgical Revision: For some patients who want only a subtle revision, a non surgical procedure may be an excellent alternative. For these patients, a non surgical revision rhinoplasty (pioneered in Los Angeles by Dr. Alexander Rivkin) might be just the ticket. During this procedure, surgeons inject dermal fillers into the nose, thereby subtly changing the appearance. The advantage is that patients are able to see instant results and don’t have to go through surgery again.
Getting the Results You Want
Again, it’s worth noting that the vast majority of plastic surgery procedures do not require any type of revision. Patients are happy and satisfied after the first (and only) procedure.
But in cases where you aren’t happy with your results, maybe you get a do over on your plastic surgery with a revision procedure.