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Revision Surgery Beverly Hills

Revision surgery describes any cosmetic surgery or reconstructive surgery procedure that is performed after the initial surgical procedure in order to improve surgical outcomes or address complications. In simpler terms, revision surgery is a corrective surgery to correct or improve poor results and problems from a previous surgery. Unfortunately, not every plastic surgery procedure leads to perfect results. Unnatural results are among the most common complaints after surgery but other concerns include imperfections, visible and unattractive scarring, deformity, and irregular asymmetry from one side of the body to the other. Some of these unfortunate results are avoidable while others are uncontrollable consequences based on how a patient responds to their procedure. Human genetics and overall health determine how people heal after their surgery. Some heal quickly from their wounds with minimal scarring while others form thick, visible scars at their incision sites during a prolonged recovery.

Dr. Brent Moelleken, M.D., F.A.C.S., brings a comprehensive approach to this sensitive element of plastic surgery. Performing additional surgery on an area of a patient that in most cases has been previously attended to by another physician requires incredible skill and patience. Dr. Moelleken knows that a patient who has been through an unsatisfactory plastic surgery faces not only the negative physical damage; they experience emotional and psychological scarring as well. Sometimes patients even blame themselves for a failed procedure because they think they are being punished for vanity. The fact is cosmetic surgery has nothing to do with vanity because wanting to feel good about yourself and look your best is not being vain. Patients see Dr. Moelleken to have their surgery revised so that they can finally get the results they were looking for initially.

Dr. Moelleken feels that the first step is to re-instill confidence and trust in the patient-doctor relationship. He realizes why you might be wary when contemplating another operation and as a compassionate surgeon, he will understand and listen to your concerns. Dr. Moelleken believes in personalized care that begins with an interactive consultation where you will be given an opportunity to express your anticipated results, available options, and recommended procedures. This individualized approach will ensure that you are knowledgeable and confident when making your medical decisions.

People consider revision surgery for many reasons. Patients who go through unsuccessful reconstruction procedures or wish to improve the aesthetic outcome of reconstructive surgery may choose to undergo revision surgery. In some cases, revision surgery is not necessary as a result of a mistake from a previous operation but instead from pseudarthrosis (failure to achieve solid fusion) which may be due to poor tissue healing and patient related factors. Some of the more common reasons for patient dissatisfaction with their experience include: scarring or asymmetric results, unnatural results due to the use of outmoded techniques in their prior surgery, unrealistic patient expectations, and an outcome the patient was not looking for as a result of poor communication between patient and doctor prior to the procedure. Dr. Moelleken knows that performing any revision surgery is a complex field and each patient must be evaluated and treated in a very unique manner to understand what is causing the problem and how to best address it.

He has a reputation for excellence in the field of plastic surgery and patients from around the globe seek him out to correct the mistakes made in prior procedures. Through his unprecedented talent, he has developed a number of techniques that are now routinely performed in the field of cosmetic surgery. The most common revision procedures Dr. Moelleken performs are Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) and breast surgery. Unfortunately revision surgery for breast augmentation is quite common. Poor aesthetic outcomes can be due to one or a combination of factors and as with all cosmetic procedures, the best time to get an optimal and acceptable long-term breast implant outcome is during the first surgery. When patients are disappointed with the results of their first augmentation, they often experience an emotional reaction that leads them to lower their expectations. They no longer feel their original aesthetic goals are achievable and they attempt to accept their sub optimal outcome. Dr. Moelleken wants you to know this does not have to be the case however. You do not have to settle for a less than pleasing result and his goal through revision surgery is to produce an aesthetic result equal to that of any primary breast implant surgery.