Bad results from cosmetic surgeon

At what point do you take legal action after the surgery goes bad? The male brow lift did nothing, facelift pulled up to make you look like a chipmunk, and earlobes stuck out 90 degrees after surgery. Then your surgeon leaves practice, ASAPS members, and other surgeons want to charge more than original procedure to correct it. Male in Charlotte, NC.

The decision to pursue legal action is yours to choose but having results that did not meet your expectations is not considered malpractice. Now if your surgeon promised you in writing a certain outcome and you have this in writing, you can decide if you want to see an attorney or not, to see if you can recover anything from this as your revision procedure will cost more as your case is now more challenging and complex. Unfortunately, if your surgeon is no longer available, your only recourse is to have someone qualified to address your concerns at costs that are likely to exceed your original fees, especially if your surgeon was trying to undercut the market due to his credentials (or lack there of). If you want to pursue your surgeon for poor results, you will have to get a second opinion (with your pre-op photos in hand) to see if you truly are as bad as you say and to see if the standard of care was not met.

Curtis S. F. Wong MD
Curtis S. F. Wong MD
1950 Rosaline AveReddingCA96001US

Curtis S. F. Wong MD

1950 Rosaline Avenue, Suite F, Redding, CA,
96001, US

I can't advise you about taking legal action, but it certainly sounds like you didn't get results that you're happy with. Unfortunately, in your case the horse is out of the barn already. The best chance for a great result is during the first operation. Of course, you can't go back in time and start with an ASAPS member surgeon. Revisions have limitations due to the existing scarring and the choices of technique made during the first operation. I would recommend you find a surgeon with whom you have confidence and feel comfortable with to have a revision procedure done at the right time. In my practice I have unfortunately seen a good number of patients for revision surgery after having been to less qualified and/or experienced surgeons. Though challenging its usually possible to improve things significantly. I hope you are able to reach your goals soon.

Adam J. Rubinstein MD
Adam J. Rubinstein MD
2999 NE 191st StMiamiFL33180US

Adam J. Rubinstein MD

2999 NE 191st St., Penthouse 6, Miami, FL,
33180, US

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