Everyone involved in the plastic surgery business is trying to make sure you end up happy with your results. The overall goal is happy patients. But it doesn’t always work out that way every time. So what can you do when you’re unhappy with your plastic surgery results? Thankfully, you will likely have several options open and available to you.
What Can You Do When You’re Unhappy With Your Plastic Surgery Results?
First and foremost, it’s important to do everything you can to ensure that you’ll be happy with your plastic surgery results before ever going under the knife (or needle, as it were). There are a couple of normal steps almost every patient goes through in order to ensure satisfaction:
- Discuss what realistic expectations might be; do everything you can to maintain those realistic expectations
- Talk over your desired final results with your surgeon; it’s incredibly important that you and your surgeon be on the same page in terms of what you want
- Make sure you talk about your recovery period; if you don’t follow instructions during your recovery (intentionally or not), your results might have trouble living up to your expectations.
You might discuss most of these topics during your initial consultation with your surgeon. But there’s no reason that those conversations have to stop once that consultation is over. Indeed, many surgeons prefer to have an ongoing dialogue about your desired final results and your process.
Suffice it to say, most surgeons attempt to limit the number of surprises you might encounter. But what can you do when you’re unhappy with your plastic surgery results anyway?
What is a Revision Procedure?
The vast majority of plastic surgery patients end up very pleased with their plastic surgery results. It’s important to emphasize that fact. Sometimes, however, even when everything goes right, a patient might not be happy with his or her results. In those cases, patients have several options open to them. What those options actually are will depend considerably on the original procedure in question.
- If you are unhappy with your breast augmentation procedure, you will have two basic options. The first is a procedure called breast augmentation revision surgery, which is as straightforward as it sounds. This procedure will attempt to correct any issues with the original you may have encountered, but will attempt to maximize the results (often replacing or leaving the implants). The second option is a breast explant surgery, which removes the breast implant entirely.
- If you are unhappy with your rhinoplasty procedure, you can undergo a revision rhinoplasty surgery. This isn’t quite as straightforward as it sounds, as there are several different types of revision rhinoplasty. Most patients will choose to undergo a surgical revision rhinoplasty, but there are some drawbacks to that (mainly the amount of time required for adequate healing). But some patients will choose to undergo an alternative revision rhinoplasty procedure that uses dermal fillers to achieve more subtle results.
You Have Options
Finally, it’s important to remember that you have a significant number of options. Surgeons have worked hard to increase the chances that, whatever else, you’ll be able to achieve your final desired results.
Sometimes it’s easy to achieve that on the first go. But sometimes your body has other ideas. If you’re unhappy with your final results, you should definitely bring that up with your surgeon. And if your primary surgeon does not provide you with the answers you want, you can always seek out a second opinion.
That doesn’t mean a new surgeon is always going to be able to deliver the results you’re after. Sometimes the flaw in the process is, for example, unrealistic expectations. And there’s nothing that a new surgeon is going to be able to do with to fix that.
Revisions are Neither Common Nor Rare
To be sure, revision procedures of any kind are relatively rare. The vast majority of patients will never have to think about them or worry about them in any way. But they do happen. Sometimes a revision procedure is performed years or decades later because the patient’s tastes have changed.
But the point is this: what can you do when you’re unhappy with your plastic surgery results? You can do a lot. And you can, eventually, work to get the final results you want–provided those results are realistically attainable. For many patients, a revision (or a non surgical revision) will be capable of delivering better results. So if you’re unhappy with your plastic surgery–or you become unhappy over time–be sure to talk to your plastic surgeon to find out what next steps might be.