Summary: We tend to think of plastic surgery as a permanent thing. You get your procedure and then you get the results. But that’s not always the case. In fact, there are some procedures that are reversible. Now, reversible plastic surgery isn’t necessarily when you think it might be. In fact, exactly the shape that takes might be a little surprising.
Reversible Plastic Surgery Procedures
Plastic surgery is usually advertised as a completely permanent procedure. Once you get your new, wrinkle-free face or your straighter, newer nose that’s it—that’s what you’ve got to live with forever. Or, rather, those are the results you get to enjoy forever.
Now, this certainly isn’t true of cosmetic surgery and cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic procedures are usually designed to be temporary. Most fillers, for example, last only a few months to a couple of years. The results from laser treatments will wane over time. And non surgical body contouring also leads to subtle—and thus temporary—results.
If you want big, bold, and permanent results, plastic surgery is the way to go. However, the permanence of plastic surgery can cause some trepidation in some patients. What if you want to reverse the results? It turns out, there are a few plastic surgery procedures that are reversible, in the popular sense of the world. Let’s take a look at what they are.
Can You Reverse Breast Augmentation?
In one sense, breast augmentation is a permanent procedure. Your skin will expand, your breasts will appear larger, a pocket will form to accommodate the new breast implant, and so on.
But in another sense, it’s important to note that you don’t have to stick with the results you have—especially if you don’t like those results. When it comes to breast augmentation, you always have the option to either remove or replace the breast implant.
This is a procedure called Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery. During this procedure, an incision will be made in the breast, the current implant removed, and then the new implant (if desired) will be placed there instead. The patient ends up with a breast size and shape more in line with what she wanted in the first place.
There are many reasons why a breast augmentation revision might be desired:
- A change in attitude on the part of the patient
- Damage to the original breast implant
- Aging of the original breast implant
- A change in desired final outcome
- Dissatisfaction with current outcome
If you are interested in a breast augmentation revision procedure, the best place to get some answers and find out what might be the best fit for you is with your plastic surgeon.
Can You Reverse Rhinoplasty
The short answer to this is no, you cannot reverse rhinoplasty—at least, not in a traditional sense. Rhinoplasty (or the nose job) is one of those procedures that has quite a long and relatively complicated recovery time. According to the website of the Minneapolis rhinoplasty experts at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, it can take nearly a year to fully recover from rhinoplasty.
And during that year, you might bump your nose. Or it might not heal quite right. In any case, sometimes the end result of a rhinoplasty is not exactly what you wish it would be. In those cases, a rhinoplasty revision procedure can help you finally get the nose that you’re really after.
It’s true that this isn’t necessarily “reversing” the procedure in question. A nose job is still a permanent change to the face. However, there’s nothing stopping you from getting the nose you want with an additional procedure.
Revision vs. Reverse
As you may have noticed, there’s an emphasis on the word “revision” instead of “reversing.” That’s because these procedures don’t truly “reverse” what has been done. In fact, outside of hyaluronic acid-based filler injections, there’s not a whole lot that can be reversed in the true sense of the word.
Revision procedures are the plastic surgery equivalent of a reversal. You’re saying, I don’t really like the results I have right now, so I’d like different results. And that’s quite possible. Indeed, with many plastic surgery procedures, some type of revision will likely be possible.
And that’s important. Most often, procedures go exactly according to plan. But not always. In other cases, the demands and desires of the patient changes. That plastic surgeons have a plan to turn such eventualities into triumphs shows that surgeons are supremely invested in the outcome of procedures.
This, hopefully, will help reassure some patients that there are options available if you don’t like the results of your procedure; there’s a kind of safety net. And, frankly, such discussions on safety nets should be part of any consultation with surgeons. In any case, you might be much more willing to take a leap if, in the rare event that you miss, you’re still covered.