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What If I’m Unhappy With My Surgery Results?

So, you’ve had your chosen cosmetic surgery and the results aren’t what you expected. What do you do? Do you pretend to be satisfied with your new look or approach your surgeon and express how unhappy you are?

It’s the great big elephant in the room no one wants to feel; patient or surgeon.

Unfortunately, no surgery is 100 percent risk free and there is no guarantee your expectations will be in line with the end results. From time to time patients are dissatisfied with the outcome of their cosmetic surgery, but no one should live with a body they don’t love.

Speak to your surgeon immediately

If you’re unhappy with your results you should discuss your concerns immediately with your cosmetic surgeon. Although it may be daunting to do so, it’s important you’re honest and open with your surgeon so that he/she can suggest the next steps forward to improving your results.

In your consultation with your surgeon, make sure you present your pre-and post-operative photos so everyone is clear about your concerns. Discuss what your expectations were for the procedure and what exactly you feel is wrong about your result.

At Cosmos Clinic, if you’re unhappy with your results we’ll endeavour to help you achieve the look you’re seeking.

Allow time for the body to heal

It’s not uncommon for patients to be worried about their appearance in the early days of recovering from surgery. Depending on your treatment, there’s often swelling, pain and sometimes visible scarring. Your body may feel bruised and tender, and your movement reduced.

This is all a normal part of the healing process. The amount of time the body takes to completely heal depends on the individual patient and the time of procedure. Some cosmetic treatments take only a couple of days to recover, while others are prolonged and up to one month or two.

During the recovery time, your body will change and adjust as the swelling reduces. With many treatments, you’ll continue to see improvements in your physical appearance after a few months’ post-surgery. So, before you get too emotional about your cosmetic surgery result and rehearse your complaint to your surgeon, make sure you’ve allowed enough time for your body to recover.

Seek a second opinion

If you’re dissatisfied with your cosmetic surgery result due to a “botched” job and have concerns over your clinic’s ability, seek a second opinion. If you don’t have faith in your surgeon’s skills, you’re unlikely to want to go back under the knife at his/her clinic a second time.

Seek the guidance from a surgeon of a highly-regarded clinic. He/she can assess your results and discuss the next steps forward to improving your appearance. Depending on the problems you present, the surgeon may suggest revision surgery to correct any irregularities or asymmetry.

3 things to keep in mind about cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery gives people the ability to enhance their appearance through various techniques. From anti-wrinkle treatments to liposuction, cosmetic surgery can boost your self-esteem and confidence, changing your life in the process.

However, if you’re unhappy with your results, sadly you’re not going to experience an improved body image. In fact, you may even be more self-conscious than you were prior to the surgery. This is not the desired outcome for you or your surgeon.

There are some things to keep in mind before you commit to cosmetic surgery and as your critiquing your results post-surgery.

  1. Results can vary from individual to individual

No two cosmetic surgical procedures will gain the same results even when performed by the same surgeon. If your expectations are unrealistic from the outset, you have a high chance of being dissatisfied with the results. Keep in mind each patient will respond to cosmetic surgery differently and the procedures are designed to enhance your physique, not mimic someone else’s.

  1. No two people heal the same way

Your surgeon will provide you with all the recommendations to ensure you heal well after your treatment, however no two people heal the same way. While your friend may not have a very visible scar, yours may be more pronounced. Your friend may have recovered in just 4 days and you’re facing 10 days. Allow your body the time it needs to heal rather than give it a deadline.

  1. Your results are not going to be the same as the Before & After photos

Surgeon’s use Before & After images to give you an idea of what the specific treatment can achieve. It’s a great way to see the potential of cosmetic surgery and help you visualise your outcome, not to use it as a comparison. Your results are likely to be significantly different than the example patient’s results. This is because you have a unique physique and as such, your body’s healing capacities, tendencies to scarring and recovery process will be unique.

As cosmetic surgeons, we aspire to enhance your physical appearance so you can feel confident and happy about your body image. We take pride in our patient care ethics and our advanced surgical skills, and we’re fastidious about getting the best result for our patients. We also strive for a high level of patient satisfaction and positive outcomes.

We want you to be thrilled with your cosmetic surgery results, so if you aren’t it’s vital you express your concerns with your surgeon.