What should you be asking before your revision surgery?

There are easily going to be more than three questions to ask before your plastic surgery revision procedure. Asking questions is important and most patients have many, many questions. Which is good--the more questions you ask, the more informed you tend to be. In theory, a revision procedure is designed to help get you close to your intended results. And that’s precisely the kind of thing most patients ask about.

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There are probably going to be far more than three questions to ask before your plastic surgery revision procedure. During your consultation, you’ll likely pepper your plastic surgeon with dozens of questions–if not more. That’s good, that’s what consultations are for! But there are three major questions that you definitely shouldn’t miss.

Three Questions to Ask Before our Plastic Surgery Revision Procedure

Of course, the questions you ask of your plastic surgeon will vary from patient to patient. And you might find that these three don’t necessarily apply to you–everyone’s different, and this article is certainly not intended to be a replacement for the individualized medical advice you get from your plastic surgeon.

And that advice will be important, naturally. A revision plastic surgery procedure is intended to address issues that a previous procedure either created or did not successfully treat. Essentially, for a myriad of possible reasons, you’re undergoing the same procedure twice–the second time for corrective reasons. That’s not always a bad thing–and it doesn’t always happen immediately after the first procedure is finished. These three questions to ask before your plastic surgery revision procedure can help you determine the best course of action for your revision procedure.

Revision Procedure Question #1: Why Am I Undergoing a Revision?

Understanding your own motivations can make plastic surgery of any kind a much more rewarding experience, not only because you’re more likely to receive the results you actually want. That goes for revision plastic surgery procedures as well.

Generally speaking, motivations for revision plastic surgery procedures can be incredibly diverse–just as diverse as typical plastic surgery. But there are also some common trends, especially when you break it down by procedure:

  • Revision rhinoplasty patients are usually seeking out an improvement on their original rhinoplasty results (the nose can be quite fickle in the way it heals).
  • Breast implant revision patients often have a variety of motivations: sometimes the implant has reached the end of its shelf life and other times the patient simply feel as though they have outgrown their implants.
  • Other revision procedures are almost always performed either to update the results or to correct the results.

Revision Procedure Question #2: Do I Want to Keep the Same Surgeon?

Sometimes, the answer to this question will be incredibly obvious. If the implant you received was defective or if you later learn your surgeon was unqualified–you’re obviously going to try to find a new plastic surgeon for your revision procedure. But not every instance will be that cut and dry.

In large part, that’s because not every poor outcome is the surgeon’s fault somehow (in fact, few are). The body can throw a lot of curveballs your way, especially when it comes to healing. And you probably don’t want to stop seeing a talented, highly experienced plastic surgeon.

So you can see where the dilemma presents itself. Outside of the obvious situations, there’s really no right way to answer this question–it’ll depend on how comfortable you are with your surgeon and what kind of relationship you have. No one can answer this question for you, but the important thing is to be prepared to think about it before undergoing your revision procedure.

Revision Procedure Question #3: Do I Really Need Surgery to Fix This?

Let’s say you’ve undergone a rhinoplasty procedure and the results are pretty close to how you want them to be. You might just tweak one or two things. Is that really worth undergoing plastic surgery for?

It might be. But there are some non surgical revision alternatives that many patients tend to consider first. When it comes to rhinoplasty, for example, many patients will elect to undergo a non surgical revision rhinoplasty procedure. During this non surgical alternative, dermal fillers are injected into the nose in order to make the minor changes patients are seeking.

The advantage to these non surgical approaches is that they tend to be quick–they don’t really require a long recovery period and patients can see results right away. But results are both subtle and temporary. And they aren’t perfect for everyone. But for the righ tpatient, a non surgical revision rhinoplasty can be incredibly appealing.

Helping You Get Your Results

Ultimately, a revision procedure of any kind is all about helping you get the results you want. Hopefully these three questions to ask before your plastic surgery revision can help you determine precisely what you want and how you want to get there.


About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures for over four years. He’s constantly in touch with surgeons (both plastic and cosmetic) to ensure he’s writing the most up to date and accurate pieces possible.

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