Plastic surgery revision is one of the unfortunate realities of the cosmetic surgery industry. There are many reasons a patient may seek a corrective operation:

  • Complications in healing such as internal or external scarring
  • Asymmetrical results
  • Adverse or allergic reaction to implants or injected substances
  • Incorrect surgical approach for a given procedure
  • Too many plastic surgery procedures in too short a time
  • Procedure not suited to a particular patient’s anatomy

In this article, we’ll look at some of the most common procedures for which patients request revision. This is only a broad overview. The specific technique used for fixing each of these problems varies on a case-by-case basis.

Rhinoplasty Revision Surgery

The nose job is a very popular cosmetic surgery in the United States, and one for which patients often seek plastic surgery revision, as well. Impaired nasal passageways leading to snoring or mouth breathing are the most common complaint. Other issues include:

  • Skin that droops below the nose instead of conforming to the reshaped cartilage underneath
  • A nose that looks crooked when viewed from the front
  • A nose tip that looks too narrow or asymmetrical
  • Collapsed or “pinched” looking nostrils
  • A bump on the bridge of the nose

An initial rhinoplasty is challenging enough, but revision is even more complex. A surgeon may have to harvest cartilage from the septum or even from the ear to attempt to rebuild the nose. In some cases, nasal implants or even skin grafting may also be required. The more procedures a patient has on her nose, the worse it may get, so finding a surgeon who can correct the problem the first time is very important.

Breast Implant Revision Surgery

Most breast implant patients will undergo plastic surgery revision as a normal part of their implant maintenance at some point. This is because implant design has not been developed to the point where these devices last a lifetime. However, implant failure is only one reason for revision and replacement. There are also a number of things that can go wrong with the implant surgery.

Capsular contracture is the development of thick, fibrous scar tissue around the implant that contracts and puts pressure on the implant. This tissue can make the implants feel rock hard to the touch and look very distorted. In severe cases, the breast may be painful and tender to the touch. Revision surgery involves removing the implant along with the scar tissue. If the implant was placed subglandularly (under the fatty and glandular tissue), switching to the submuscular placement is usually advised. If capsular contr