Summary: In most cases, surgeons will get everything right on the first try. But not in all cases. In fact, sometimes the human body is so complex that—to get the results you want—a second procedure may be necessary. In these cases, surgeons will rely on what are called “revision” procedures. So how common are these revision procedures? Not very. But they can definitely do some good.
The Most Common Revision Procedures
Plastic surgery is usually marketed as a permanent transformation. And in most cases, it is. The vast majority of plastic surgery patients essentially have one procedure performed and then call it a day. However, there are some patients who go on to have further procedures. Sometimes these procedures are unrelated.
In other cases, the subsequent procedure is intensely related to the first. There can be several reasons for this. It might be that the first procedure had complications or didn’t go according to plan. Or it could be that the patient had changed expectations shortly after the results became visible.
For whatever reason, when the results of a plastic surgery procedure need to be changed, this is usually referred to as a “revision” procedure. So what are the most common revision procedures? Let’s take a look at a couple of them!
Revision Breast Augmentation
Because breast augmentation itself is an incredibly popular procedure, it should not be too surprising that revision breast augmentation is also among the most common revision procedures. There was probably a time when this was due to the rare instance of an implant failing, but burst breast implants are relatively rare these days.
Instead, one of the reasons why breast augmentation has such a high “revision” rate is because it is basically built into the procedure. Silicone implants—the most common type of implant—have a relatively long lifespan, but they do have an expiration date (generally 15 years, but they can often last quite a bit longer). The point is that for most patients, you’re eventually going to have to have the implants removed or replaced.
This is one instance of a revision procedure. In other cases, patients simply feel their preferences in terms of size change. If you want to change the size of your breasts once implants are in, then a breast augmentation revision is the way to do it.
Another common revision procedure is called revision rhinoplasty. Where breast augmentation revision procedures happen because the tastes of the patient change over time, revision rhinoplasty often occurs for a different reason. Nose jobs are notoriously difficult to get right, and it can often take up to twelve months for the recovery process to complete itself.
This means that patients are often waiting between six to twelve months to see if they like the results. Because the nose is especially sensitive during recovery, there are any number of things that can go wrong during this time. This means that in many cases, it may take a second procedure to get the results right.
Understandably, many patients do not want to wait another year to get the results they’re after. When relatively minor revisions are needed, many patients will opt instead for a non surgical revision nose job solution.
Non surgical revision rhinoplasty usually involves the injection of a dermal filler into the nose. In many cases, this is able to effect substantial enough change for the patient to feel comfortable with the results. And the best part is that patients will see results (and therefore, be able to change results) immediately.
This makes the non invasive, non surgical version of revision rhinoplasty particularly appealing for a wide variety of patients.
Getting it Right
Plastic and cosmetic surgeons really want you to feel happy with your results. They want patients to look and feel great when they see their reflections. Revision procedures are really about making sure to get it right. And they’re about a commitment to getting it right. Even if it’s not on the first go.
Because let’s be honest—the human body is quite complex. There are a lot of moving pieces, so to speak. And anticipating how a body will heal, where certain pieces will land and so on, is almost as much art as it is science. In other words, it’s something that the best surgeons are quite good at.
But it’s still complicated. And at the end of the day, everyone wants to make sure you’re happy with your procedure. The complexities of the human body simply mean that might take a revision or two down the line. Luckily, there are non surgical revision options available to some patients, so a second surgery is not always required.
You should discuss all of this with your surgeon to ensure that you’re getting what you want out of your cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure.