Every day we see cases of celebrities who have gone under the knife with dire consequences. And, more often than not, normal people find themselves the victims of bad plastic surgery, in part due to the fact that they are seeking a cheaper alternative from backyard operations than the qualified pricier options.
But can a case of bad plastic surgery be fixed? We consulted leading plastic surgeon, Dr.Fodor, who was a past president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, to get his expert opinion on what can and can’t be rectified.
Here is our interview with him….
Celebzter: What happens to you when someone comes in with bad surgery? How do start about fixing it?
Dr.Fodor: First, we thoroughly evaluate the patient, find out who performed the procedure, discuss returning to that surgeon, offer to be of assistance to that surgeon if she/he is Board Certified. In most instances, the patients does not wish to return and then we consider re-do surgery if the expected degree of improvement justifies it.
Celebzter: Why does bad plastic surgery happen to good people?
Dr.Fodor: In most instances because they do not do their diligent homework prior to submitting themselves to surgery. It is very common for people who can amply afford to pay for the best to end up in the hands of the untrained and unscrupulous. The appearance of many celebrities is a tell-tale sign.
Celebzter: With plastic surgery being more common now, has bad surgery become more prevalent?
Dr.Fodor: Yes, unsatisfactory results are more prevalent than ever not only because aesthetic surgery is more common but also because it can legally be performed by a physician with a license regardless of training or lack thereof.
Celebzter: What are the most common examples of botched bad surgery? And what body parts/ facial features?
Dr.Fodor: The examples are plentiful and extend to all areas of the face and body; noses, eyelids, neck, asymmetric liposuction, indentations, etc., etc. For example we have treated facial deformities such as face-lift wind tunnel lips, augmented lips that look like someone is sucking on a cap, (aka fish lips), ear lopes that have been pulled down or disappearing sideburns and the most common one, surprised eye brows. With liposuction we’ve seen indentations and divots in the skin, permanent skin discoloration, scarring, etc… and in breast augmentation, we have done re-dos for people who have had their implants placed unnaturally too high and even some who have visible implant folds. Unfortunately, we have seen, all that plus plenty more.
Celebzter: Have you ever had a case when you were unsure if you could fix it?
Dr.Fodor: In my practice, I routinely give patients a realistic percentage of the degree of improvement we can anticipate. It is a two-way street and we need to have input from the patient as to their expectations. If these are unrealistic, regardless of how much of an improvement we could obtain, we would elect not to operate on them.
Celebzter: How does it affect a patients confidence when they have had botched surgery?
Dr.Fodor: The dissatisfied patient is often emotionally and financially exhausted and it takes a specific set of skills to take guide them along the experience of re-do surgery and to take care of them
Celebzter: What is your biggest advice when someone is thinking about plastic surgery?
Dr.Fodor: Do your homework diligently, listen carefully during the consultation, make sure all your questions are answered, return for another visit if not sure, see representative before and after photographs, have an affinity for your surgeon and his/her staff, don’t hesitate to get more than one opinion, do not get lured by computer imaging and other gizmos, etc.