Every patient who chooses to undergo cosmetic surgery is looking to improve his or her appearance, whether it is with fuller breasts, a flatter stomach, or a smaller nose. In the hands of a skilled cosmetic surgeon, patients can achieve the look that they desire. Unfortunately, there are those instances in which the patient is not happy with the results of the initial surgery. In these cases, the patient can undergo revision surgery to correct the problem and finally achieve the look they have been wanting all along.
Selecting the Right Cosmetic Surgeon
Undergoing revision surgery can be a difficult decision. Patients must agree to undergo another surgery and recovery period. In addition, when it comes to revision surgery, it is even more important that patients select a cosmetic surgeon who has the skill and experience to correct the previous surgery and achieve a successful outcome. It requires knowing not just how to perform a particular procedure, but also how to correct for previous errors without making the problem worse.
Dr. Vincent Marin is a revision surgery expert. In addition to having taught at the well-known University of Texas SW Medical School, and been featured in magazines and on television discussing cosmetic surgery, Dr. Marin has an impressive list of research publications on the latest cutting-edge techniques in revision cosmetic surgery.
What Is Involved in Revision Cosmetic Surgery?
- Nose: Revision rhinoplasties (nose jobs) can be particularly tricky because the nose is the most prominent structure on the face. Ideally, it should take up both the horizontal and vertical middle third of the face. In revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Marin may use additional grafts to shore up parts of the nose that are dropping or file down a nasal dorsal bump.
- Breasts: This type of revision surgery can be performed if the patient wishes to change the size, profile, or material of the breast implants. In other cases, a ruptured implant may need to be replaced. Implants that have shifted either too high or low in the vertical plane, or too close (uniboob) or too far away on the horizontal plane may also be a reason for revision surgery. Revision surgery will usually involve going in through the inframammary crease (the point at which the lower breast meets the chest wall) to remove, replace, or reposition the implants. Dr. Marin may also remove excess scar tissue that has contracted around the implant capsule, making the breast feel hard or lumpy.
- Liposuction: Although liposuction procedures are not as extensive as tummy tucks or thigh lifts, there still may be a need for a revision procedure. In cases in which too much or too little fat has been removed from specific areas, the skin may have a lumpy, dimpled, or uneven look and feel. In such cases, Dr. Marin may have to add more fat back into these targeted areas to smooth out the appearance of the skin.
It is understandable that patients who were not happy with their initial cosmetic procedure will be apprehensive about any revision surgery. Dr. Marin has worked with many of these patients to finally give them the appearance they want.
*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.