How easy is it to undergo a revision surgery?

Are revision procedures easy or difficult for the patient involved? If you’re not entirely happy with the way your initial plastic surgery procedure turned out, you might be asking yourself this question. You don’t know whether getting those results is worth the trouble of undergoing another surgical procedure. That’s not unreasonable. But many patients feel as though the revision procedure really is worth it! How easy are revision surgeries?

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By their nature, revisional plastic surgery procedures can be frustrating. But are revision procedures easy, at least? Maybe easier than the original? Well, that all depends on how much revision you need. But there are some ways that you can–potentially–decrease the amount of discomfort that a revision procedure produces.

Are Revision Procedures Easy to Undergo?

This article, of course, should not be construed in any way as medical advice. We’re writing this for entertainment purposes, so we can’t actually comment on your specific case.

Instead, we’re just looking to get the conversation started. Revision plastic surgery isn’t always as exciting as any initial procedure, so it’s not always talked about as often. And that means that patients might not always be as aware of all of the options out there. Now, those options will be limited based on what you actually want the procedure to do. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have no options. Are revision procedures easy? Maybe, but maybe not. Like much in the plastic surgery world, it depends on the work that you need done.

How Does Revision Work?

First and foremost, we should probably settle on what revision surgery actually is. A revision procedure is performed when, for a wide variety of possible reasons, a patient is not happy with the result of a primary procedure. In other words, it’s kind of a do-over in order to help the patient achieve their desired final look.

You might need a revision procedure for a wide variety of reasons. Some of those reasons may include:

  • A change in the way you feel about your results (you reevaluate what you want)
  • A complication during your recovery changes the way your results look
  • Changes in technology might mean you can get better results with a revision
  • You are unhappy with the initial result of your procedure

Ultimately, the final decision will rest between you and your surgeon. Or, in some extreme cases, you may feel as though changing surgeons is your best option. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to remember that a revision procedure of any kind will likely still involve surgery (that is, if the initial procedure was surgical). So revision procedures will require a certain amount of downtime.

Your surgeon will be able to tell you how much downtime to expect, as it will depend greatly on both the procedure and the technique.

Two Popular Revision Options

Two of the most popular revision procedures involve breast augmentation and rhinoplasty. Obviously, these are two very different procedures, and they tend to be revised, therefore, due to very different reasons. And yet, they each offer their own pathways to a slightly easier experience.

Breast Implant Revision

In the case of breast implant revision, patients are usually looking to change the size of their implants (in some cases, called breast explant surgery, the patients want to remove the implants altogether). This often happens later in life, when patients want smaller breasts to reflect a more mature personality, but by no means is this exclusive.

During breast implant revision surgery, surgeons will generally use the same incision as was used during the breast augmentation surgery. This doesn’t always make recovery proceed faster, but it can limit scarring. And, in general, breast implant revision recovery does move a little bit faster, if only because the “pocket” for the implant has already been formed. Still, patients should count on taking at least a week off of work.

Rhinoplasty Revision

In many cases, rhinoplasty revision procedures need to be undertaken surgically. This can mean a long recovery time. For rhinoplasty, it’s often somewhere between 6-12 months in order for the swelling to fully recede. Understandably, not many patients want to wait that long. But patients do have another option.

There is a non surgical rhinoplasty revision procedure that some patients opt to undergo. During this non surgical revision, dermal fillers will be injected into the nose. Cosmetic surgeons are able to use these injections to sculpt changes to the nose. The results are subtle, but immediate. This makes non surgical revision rhinoplasty a great option for those who want to make small but quick (and, thus, temporary) changes to the nose in order to be happy with the final results.

Finding the Right Solution for You

Whether you decide to undergo a revision procedure is up to you in the end. There’s no right or wrong decision. The goal of all surgeons and patients, essentially, is to be happy with the results. In order to achieve that happiness, sometimes a revision procedure is needed. Are revision procedures easy? In some very rare cases, yes. I think it’s fair to call a non surgical revision rhinoplasty “easy,” at least from the patient’s perspective.

These are important discussions to have with your plastic surgeon–even before your original procedure. The more you know, the better you’ll be prepared, including having more realistic expectations about what each and every procedure can accomplish. And having realistic expectations can improve the chances you’ll be happy with your final result!

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