Surprising Reasons Why You Should Consider Going Back to Your Original Surgeon for Revision Surgery

Every surgeon has outcomes that are not ideal in certain cases explains Richard Baxter, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon from Mountlake Terrace, Washington. It doesn’t matter how exceptional or well- trained they are. There are just certain factors beyond our control once the surgery is completed - and everybody is going to experience those from time-to-time. It doesn’t necessarily mean your surgeon did something wrong. Patients are writing in to RealSelf quite frequently asking about what they should do if their surgery did not produce the results they were looking for. More often than not, the answer can be found by presenting the issue to the surgeon who performed the procedure you’re not happy with. Your surgeon is the person who knows exactly what was done and how, has important details about the surgery, and will be very motivated to take care of any outstanding issues you may have to make you happy. If you immediately seek out another surgeon,, you’re starting a brand-new doctor-patient relationship, which may present additional complications due to misinformation or a lack of information from the first surgeon, and you may also be looking at an additional expense.

The biggest predictor of a revision surgery is a failed revision surgery, so it is really important to get it right the first time. Patients are often tempted to try simple things and hope they work, but each operation is going to cause additional scarring, and that makes the subsequent attempts at correction more difficult, so you really have to have a good plan to get it right the first time. Make sure that the surgeons explain to you what they think the problem is, and what they are going to do to rectify it, and what they are going to do differently from what was done before.

If you do decide to go to a different surgeon to correct your problem, they can’t really know everything about what was done during the first procedure no matter how detailed the records are. You want to make sure they have special interest in doing it and that they see a lot of revision cases, because it takes a certain kind of approach. Patients seeking revisions have already spent money, they’ve already been through surgery, and they’re unhappy, so plastic surgeons have to be willing to work with them through all those issues and formulate a plan that is hopefully going to produce a different outcome than the one they experienced previously.

This video was filmed during The Aesthetic Meeting 2014 - the largest meeting of board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeons exchanging information about the latest advances in the field of non-surgical and surgical aesthetic procedures of the face and body.