Revision plastic surgery procedures are performed to correct the outcome of an initial surgery that failed to provide satisfactory results. And unfortunately, the demand for these kinds of surgeries is on the rise. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that 2,314,720 cosmetic surgical procedures were performed in 2020. That number is only a 14% decrease in procedures from the year before(1), and still a considerable number given the presence of a global pandemic. But with booming plastic surgery rates also comes a higher rate of undesired outcomes. There’s a lot that can go wrong during any medical procedure. Surgeons with inadequate training or experience can make grave errors. Patients can neglect the responsibility to select qualified surgeons, and vice versa. But even in the best of circumstances, unforeseen complications can arise during surgery or the recovery process.
The goal of plastic surgery is to correct aesthetic deformities. If it fails to do so, or creates further damage to a patient’s appearance, it warrants revision. Having to undergo an additional surgery can be a discouraging and expensive prospect. That’s why it’s so important to seek an experienced surgeon whose specialties include revision procedures.
Dr. Gregory Albert believes that every patient is entitled to results that fulfill their desires and improve their quality of life. He regularly performs revision procedures and truly enjoys helping patients and the challenge of complex cases. Book a personal consultation with us to discuss a revision surgery by calling (561) 495-2700 or by completing our simple online form.
- 1 When to Seek a Revision Surgery
- 2 Procedures Commonly Requiring Revision
- 3 Benefits of Revision Surgery
- 4 Candidates for Revision Surgery
- 5 Personal Consultation
- 6 Cost of Plastic Surgery Revision in Boca Raton
- 7 FAQ
- 8 References
When to Seek a Revision Surgery
Elective procedures are just that, the choice of the patient. Without the proper guidance, many patients are not well-informed before their treatment. Bargain shopping and medical tourism are also risk factors for patients looking for low-cost procedures. Men and women seeking surgical services should be wary of prices that sound too good to be true, as well as cautious of surgeons who make outrageous claims. Plastic surgery is a lucrative industry, and unqualified surgeons can and will neglect patient welfare in the interest of profit. Unfortunately, many patients find this out the hard way.
Choosing to undergo a plastic surgery procedure is a commitment of time, energy, and finances.
Unfortunately, after some plastic surgeries, a growing percentage of patients are left with unsightly scarring, poor healing, or even serious infections. Incongruencies in body silhouette can also be an issue, especially with fat removal procedures that may remove too much or too little tissue. Asymmetry and unnatural appearance can also add to a patient’s overall aesthetic concerns, which in turn can cause stress, anxiety, and poorer quality of life. These factors can make them feel like their efforts to improve their body were in vain.
Reputable plastic surgeons want the best for their patients. They take pride in their qualifications, surgical skills, and accomplishments. They safely enable countless individuals to realize their aesthetic aspirations effectively. The American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the ISAPS consistently emphasize the importance of board certification in plastic surgery, as this assures patients that the surgeon has achieved rigorous training, examination, and professional standing.” (2) Knowing your surgeon is well-qualified to perform your revision surgery is the first step toward achieving cosmetic improvement.
Procedures Commonly Requiring Revision
Patients can experience contour irregularities from a prior liposuction procedure that did not produce satisfactory results. (3) These can include lumps and bumps where they do not belong, skin pitting, and an asymmetrical appearance. A revision of this nature may be required if a surgeon took out too much fat during the initial liposuction procedure. Dr. Albert can smooth out the area with additional liposuction to create a more natural contour or perform fat transfers in cases where too much fat has been removed. During a fat transfer, he harvests fat from a different area of the patient’s body, treats it, then reintroduces it into the area of concern to provide additional balance and tissue volume where necessary.
A botched tummy tuck can leave a patient with severe complications. One of the most common is the development of an infection before the body has healed adequately, which can lead to severe scarring. Another is when liposuction is used before the abdominoplasty procedure. Performing liposuction on the area before a tummy tuck can deprive the area of its blood supply and is not recommended by most surgeons. Dr. Albert can use mesh to strengthen the abdomen during your revision abdominoplasty, and will skillfully address any aesthetic issues from your prior surgery.
Breast Surgery Revision
The results of a breast augmentation do not always go as planned. There are various aesthetic issues that can arise. A primary surgery can cause too much scarring, implants can be inserted without removing the proper amount of breast tissue, and in some cases the implants placed may be the wrong size. For some patients, this is not only frustrating, but also causes discomfort and worry. Restoring breast shape and a balanced bust are essential aspects of a revision breast augmentation. Dr. Albert can address these cosmetic issues and achieve aesthetic improvements by removing or replacing implants, adding or removing fat deposits, and using subtle surgical techniques to improve the appearance of scarring.
A blepharoplasty addresses sagging skin in the eyelids. And, in many cases, patients choose to go to an opthamologist for a bleph. They usually do so because that way it’s covered by insurance. However, opthamologists are not plastic surgeons, and don’t have aesthetic surgical training. This can lead to poor blepharoplasty outcomes which can include asymmetry, vision deficits, and eyelid retraction. Dr. Albert can improve eye shape and correct poorly performed eyelid surgery with expert skill, restoring facial symmetry and eyelid functionality.
Rhinoplasties, or “nose jobs”, are considered one of the most difficult plastic surgeries to perform. As a result, they frequently require revision. A poor rhinoplasty outcome may point to a cosmetic failure, where the nose doesn’t look as planned, or a functional failure, where air flow and breathing ability is compromised, or a combination of the two. In some cases, patients may be dissatisfied with the shape of their nose once their primary rhinoplasty has healed fully. In other cases, too much cartilage is removed in the initial surgery, which can lead to structural weaknesses in the nose. A skilled surgeon can reshape the nose effectively without causing further damage. Dr. Albert performs cartilage grafts to add structure and shape to noses that were overly treated during the initial surgery.
Depending on the procedure, the skill of the surgeon, and the patient, there is always the risk of excess scarring. Though it sometimes depends on skin type and treatment response, excessive scarring can be caused by poorly placed incisions and insufficient support during the recovery process.
Such scenarios can be upsetting for patients as there are no at-home quick fixes for more severe scarring. Dr. Albert can reduce the appearance of unsightly scars that are causing distress. He carefully excises the scar tissue, and then uses a sophisticated suturing technique to ensure that the incision heals with minimal visibility.
Benefits of Revision Surgery
A revision surgery can:
- Address cosmetic imperfections from a previous plastic surgery
- Improve functionality where loss of functionality has occurred
- Restore an aesthetically pleasing appearance that boosts body confidence
- Rejuvenate the appearance of the face and body
- Provide more robust treatment outcomes that better fit a patient’s initial goals
- Eliminate the need to disguise or hide the area of treatment
Candidates for Revision Surgery
All potential candidates for a revision plastic surgery should undergo the necessary anatomical examinations required beforehand. Patients who seek revision surgery should be in good general health, and have realistic expectations of what a revision surgery can achieve. It is therefore the responsibility of doctor and patient to discuss treatment options, procedural details, and likely outcomes at length before a revision surgery takes place. We offer every patient an opportunity to ask questions to discover more about revision surgery, and the unique risks and results involved in each individual case. The best way to do this is during a personal consultation with Dr. Albert.
Dr. Albert will speak to you in a one-on-one setting regarding your prior surgery, and what you hope to achieve with a revision procedure. You will be asked to provide an account of the prior surgery itself, your recovery experience, and the negative symptoms you are experiencing now. He will conduct a thorough physical examination of the treatment area before mapping a revision surgery treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Cost of Plastic Surgery Revision in Boca Raton
Plastic surgery revision requires an individualized treatment plan in every case. Because of this, the cost of your surgery will vary. To find out what your options are, please arrange a personal consultation. In the meantime be sure to check out financing options, the necessary patient forms, details of our loyalty program, and more with our Boca Raton Patient Portal.
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How common is revision rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty is one of the most common secondary plastic surgeries. It is well-documented that rhinoplasty surgeries require the most skilled surgeons, but even then, outcomes often need adjustments and improvements. If you’re not satisfied with the results of a primary rhinoplasty, speak to an experienced plastic surgeon about your revision surgery options.
What if I’m dissatisfied with the results of my plastic surgery?
Plastic surgery is not always successful, and if you’re dissatisfied with your results, one of the main factors is time. You must wait until you are fully healed before assessing your results, and in the meantime, follow the post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon. If after the recovery period you are still unhappy with your results, you should schedule a consultation with a surgeon to discuss the possibility of a revision procedure to address your concerns.
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons. (2021). 2020 National Plastic Surgery Statistics. https://www.plasticsurgery.org/documents/News/Statistics/2020/plastic-surgery-statistics-report-2020.pdf
- Campbell, A., Restrepo, C., & Navas, G. (2020). Patient Satisfaction with Medical Tourism: A Review of 460 International Plastic Surgery Patients in Colombia. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, 8(12), e3230. https://doi.org/10.1097/GOX.0000000000003230
- Dixit, V. V., & Wagh, M. S. (2013). Unfavourable outcomes of liposuction and their management. Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery : Official Publication of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India, 46(2), 377–392. https://doi.org/10.4103/0970-0358.118617