Sometimes, facial plastic surgery doesn’t go as planned and patients are left with less-than-desirable results and disappointment. The good news is that these results don’t have to be permanent. A skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Allan Wulc of W Cosmetic Surgery in Philadelphia can perform cosmetic corrective surgery to improve a patient’s surgical outcome and aesthetics.
Dr. Wulc understands just how frustrating it can be to spend time and money on a procedure only to end up with poor results. He is a board-certified surgeon with 30 years in practice and is dedicated to helping each and every patient achieve their ideal aesthetic goals. Plastic surgery gone wrong doesn’t have to define a patient’s life. Dr. Wulc works with each patient on their surgery revision to create a custom treatment plan that will restore their confidence and aesthetics.
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Common Reasons for Corrective Cosmetic Surgery
There are a number of reasons a patient may decide to undergo secondary or corrective facial surgery. While some patients we see were initially pleased with their results, they may have noticed that their results didn’t last as long as they hoped. They may have new signs of aging and be in need of another procedure to rejuvenate and refresh their face or reposition sagging facial features. Although facial surgery may mitigate the signs of aging, it cannot completely stop the aging process.
Often, patients opt for corrective cosmetic surgery because of mistakes or misjudgments by their original surgeon. The original surgeon may have pulled the patient’s skin too tight and created artificial-looking results. Patients may be left with a pixie ear, which occurs when the ear lobe is tugged too far down along the side of the face. Patients may also be disappointed by distorted facial features caused by excessive repositioning.
Sometimes, a patient’s undesirable results can occur because the wrong procedure was performed. For instance, a patient may have received a traditional facelift when, in reality, they needed a deep plane facelift. All of these concerns can typically be addressed with a revision procedure.
Good Candidates for Corrective Facial Surgery
While most facial plastic surgeries lead to satisfying results for patients, there are some instances when facial surgery revision becomes necessary. Patients who did not achieve the results they originally wanted from their first facelift or other facial plastic surgery are ideal candidates for corrective facial surgery.
Dr. Wulc recommends that his prospective corrective cosmetic surgery Philadelphia patients give their face enough time to heal and get used to its new appearance before seeking secondary surgery. The bones, muscles, and other structures will settle over a period of months, rather than in days or weeks. While they may no longer have sutures and notice that their incisions are invisible, it takes at least several months for the healing process to complete.
Patients should wait between six months to a year before considering corrective cosmetic surgery. This way, they can ensure that they’re fully healed from their procedure and feel more comfortable with the physical and mental changes that come with facial rejuvenation surgeries. If they are still unhappy, revision surgery might be the best option.
What to Expect During a Corrective Cosmetic Surgery Consultation
Patients who believe they are good candidates for corrective cosmetic surgery should schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Wulc at W Cosmetic Surgery in Philadelphia. Dr. Wulc will evaluate the results of the patient’s initial procedure and take the time to understand what went wrong and why. He will provide general information about the revision process and encourage patients to ask questions.
Patients should be prepared to share how they envisioned they’d look after their initial surgery procedures and how that vision compares with their actual results. Dr. Wulc will inform patients of whether they’re a good candidate for surgery revision while helping them understand that although the corrective process can lead to dramatic improvement, there are certain limitations.
Preparing for Revision Facial Surgery
Preparing for a revision facial plastic surgery is fairly straightforward and similar to preparing for the initial facial surgery. Patients are encouraged to avoid certain medications and herbal supplements in the weeks leading up to their corrective procedure. If they smoke, they will be required to quit for several weeks prior to and following the procedure. They should also arrange for a ride home and care assistance for at least two days after their corrective cosmetic surgery.
The Corrective Cosmetic Surgery Procedure
Patients who have already undergone prior facial surgery procedures will typically have thinner skin and scar tissue buildup. Since every patient has different goals, Dr. Wulc takes a unique approach to every revision of facial rejuvenation he performs. He may use the same incision sites from the initial procedure if they are hidden well, or another location if he believes that is more appropriate.
During a revision procedure, Dr. Wulc finds the areas of scar tissue where the original plastic surgery was performed and focuses on the normal tissues that have not been operated on. He resolves any asymmetries and removes scar tissue as necessary to create results that are more youthful and natural. His goal is to create a beautiful result while using minimally-invasive techniques whenever possible.
Recovering From Corrective Cosmetic Surgery
Since every patient’s revision is unique, the recovery process varies. In most cases, patients will find that their healing process will be similar to or even shorter than that of their first cosmetic surgery. In the event that a patient’s procedure was more complex, they may experience a longer recovery period.
All patients should expect some initial swelling and bruising, which should subside over a few weeks. If they experience any pain, they may take prescribed medication to help manage it. Patients typically take a week to 10 days off of work to relax while they recover. They can usually enjoy their final results after 3 to 4 months.
Frequently Asked Questions About Corrective Cosmetic Surgery
The greatest risk is not selecting the right surgeon. It’s important to find a highly skilled and experienced surgeon like Dr. Wulc who has a track record of successfully completing many corrective cosmetic surgeries. Risks such as bleeding, infection, nerve damage, and prolonged healing may occur but are rare when the procedure is performed by an expert surgeon.
Perhaps the most significant benefit of a second surgery is that it can allow patients to look more natural and refreshed instead of artificial. It can help them feel more confident in their own skin and recover physically and emotionally from plastic surgery gone wrong.
Dr. Wulc has performed revision procedures for a variety of reasons including unappealing scarring resulting from incisions that were improperly placed, facelifts that were performed over a decade ago and have lost some of their results, lifting procedures that led to over-tightened skin, earlobe issues, and surgeries that make an individual look like someone they are not.
Sometimes, the skin is over-tightened and the underlying muscles and fat are not properly addressed during a facelift. This may lead to excessive tension on the surface skin and unnatural or pulled results. Dr. Wulc makes it a top priority to ensure he delivers natural results and corrects these issues.
Most patients feel comfortable going out in public about a week after their corrective cosmetic surgery. They are welcome to use makeup to hide any scarring or noticeable signs of the procedure once the incisions have healed.
Patients should realize that corrective cosmetic surgery is not the solution to every facial issue. While it can offer facial rejuvenation and correct the poor results of botched surgeries, it does not resolve additional concerns or signs of aging, which can include fine lines around the mouth or lips and excessive skin in the eye region. In addition, it won’t fix the inner part of the brow or the lines between the eyes. If these issues bother the patient, Dr. Wulc may suggest a brow lift, blepharoplasty, or another procedure in addition to corrective surgery. Patients requiring skin rejuvenation will typically need to combine their surgery revision with non-surgical treatments.
Patients should understand that while this procedure may resolve visible signs of aging, it does not halt the aging process. The type of results patients will receive and how long their results will last depends on their own aging process, which may be impacted by their overall health, genetics, sun exposure, and lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking. Generally, patients who are healthy and make good lifestyle choices will enjoy long-lasting results.
Corrective cosmetic surgery should only be performed by the most experienced and skilled surgeons. Dr. Allan Wulc, MD, FACS, is board certified by the ABMS board in Ophthalmology. Additionally, he is board certified in Facial Cosmetic Surgery by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, where he served as a trustee for six years. He is also board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Physician Specialists.
He is further trained in Oculoplastic Surgery, Orbital Surgery, and Cosmetic Surgery and a diplomate of the nationally recognized and highly exclusive American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and the American Academy of Surgeons.
Dr. Wulc has a keen eye for detail and knows exactly what it takes to repair previous botched surgeries and leave patients with the results they expected from the beginning.
He sees many patients who are unhappy with their initial results and designs customized treatment plans to help resolve their aesthetic issues and restore their self-confidence. Patients can count on Dr. Wulc’s high degree of accuracy and precision to create the natural and beautiful results they deserve.
Schedule a Corrective Cosmetic Surgery Consultation at W Cosmetic Surgery
If you are wondering whether or not you’re a good candidate for revision facial surgery, it is in your best interest to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wulc today at W Cosmetic Surgery in Philadelphia, PA. Call our plastic surgery office today at 610-828-8880 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and bringing your vision to life.