Summary: Sometimes when you get plastic surgery, that’s just the beginning of your story. Your tastes may change or you may find yourself wanting to change the results of your plastic surgery results. In those cases, a revision procedure (sometimes using more plastic surgery) is often necessary—but often generates great results.
Figuring out What’s the Point or Revision Procedures
We tend to have two different, errant versions of plastic surgery floating around out there. The first is that plastic surgery is kind of like an addiction, and once you get a taste you’ll be tweaking and changing things for the rest of your life. The second errant version of plastic surgery is a kind of one and done—you get one perfect procedure and it makes you perfect forever. Of course, both of these views of plastic surgery are at the extreme, and they both miss the vast majority of what I would call the reality of plastic surgery. It’s true that in order to get the results you want, most patients will undergo only one procedure. But it doesn’t always end there.
In fact, sometimes, patients will opt to get a revision plastic surgery procedure. There are cases where a revision procedure is designed to better achieve aesthetic improvements and there are times when a revision procedure is designed to improve overall functioning. Sometimes it’s the surgeon that suggests a revision and sometimes it’s the patient. These revision procedures are actually quite diverse and, in most cases, drastically improve results. So what’s the point of revision procedures? Ultimately, they’re designed to ensure that patients are happy with the outcome of a procedure.
Breast Augmentation Revision
Perhaps one of the most common revision procedures (and one that best illustrates what a revision procedure is) is a breast augmentation revision, sometimes known as a breast implant revision. Essentially, this is a procedure that either replaces or removes the implant that was placed in the breast during an augmentation procedure. This can be motivated by any number of factors, including:
- The age of the implant
- A change in the desired final look by the patient (sometimes as patients get older, they want smaller implants)
- A fault in the original implant (especially if it was put in by a less qualified surgeon)
- A simple desire for a change in size
- Replacing an implant of one type for another (saline for silicone, for example)
There are, of course, more reasons why a patient would want a revision breast augmentation procedure. But what it comes down to is that the patient is not happy with the way they look or feel and they want to change the outcome of their original surgery. These procedures are relatively common (though not as common as patients who are thrilled with the results at the outset), though much of that is attributed to changing attitudes with age.
Revision Rhinoplasty Procedures
Another common area that patients tend request revision procedures on is the nose. Surgical rhinoplasty can be a very complex procedure, with a lot of moving parts (not your nose, but, well, you know what I mean—it’s complicated). Because of the nature of rhinoplasty surgery, many patients don’t see their final results for up to a full year after the procedure. And because the nose is so prominently positioned in the face, every little change makes a big difference.
Because rhinoplasty is such a painful procedure with a long-term recovery, many patients will opt for a non surgical revision rhinoplasty (yes, that’s a thing!). During this procedure, surgeons use small amounts of dermal fillers to “mold” the nose into the desired shape. The nice thing about this non surgical option is that it’s completely non invasive and patients can see results right away. This is a huge relief for patients who just got done waiting twelve months to see “final” results—now they get to see them right away. Of course, non surgical revision rhinoplasty cannot change the inner workings of the nose; for that, you’ll have to turn to surgery.
Getting Surgery Again for a Better Result
If one were to distill the point of revision surgery down to one idea, it’s that surgeons don’t want to stop until the results are perfect for the patient. They want their patients to be happy, to get what they pay for, and to be content with their looks (if not downright thrilled). The human body is a complicated place and not every outcome can be anticipated. This is especially true when there are complications that alter the results.
The point is that if your first set of results are not up to your expectations, you don’t have to live with them. There are often revision procedures available that can help you look and feel better in your own skin. That’s what these revision procedures are really for!