A revision surgery is a procedure to revise or improve upon a previous surgery or to address new changes that have risen since the original procedure. These can include, rhinoplasty, facelifts, neck lifts, eyelid lifts, lip lifts and more.
Anyone who had prior facial surgery and is dissatisfied with their results are great candidates for a revision surgery in San Diego. Dr. Malone will listen to your particular needs and provide information about what treatment options may be best suited to preventing and reversing the signs of aging. Patients should have realistic expectations of their results. During a consultation with Dr. Malone in La Jolla, you will be able to determine if this procedure is the correct choice to address your needs.
What are the Risks?
Some of the risks involved with a facial revision surgery can include bad reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, bruising, infection, scarring, swelling and the possibility of failing to resolve the original issue.
What to Expect in a Consultation
In performing a revision surgery in La Jolla, our aim is to provide a refreshed and natural appearance and give you back part of your youthful energy. Most importantly, Dr. Malone’s aesthetic has an organic and natural appearance and does not look “fake.” She provides subtle changes that can remove stigma from prior surgeries. Dr. Malone’s aesthetic is a natural, soft, and balanced so you can feel and look your best. During your consultation, Dr. Malone will evaluate your individualized concerns and discuss all of the non-surgical and surgical options available to you so together we can achieve your desired goals.
Revision Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly sought and complex revision plastic surgery procedures. Post-operative dissatisfaction can result from a wide range of issues ranging from an “overdone” aesthetic to anatomical aberrations that were left unaddressed after prior surgery. For this reason, each case is highly individualized. You will have the opportunity to discuss in detail your dissatisfaction with a previous surgery and your concerns moving forward with further treatment given your past experiences. After an evaluation and examination, Dr. Malone will give you a more detailed understanding of how your nasal shape can be improved, a process that may be as simple as providing a little additional sculpting and contouring of your nasal bone and cartilage or as complex in nature as requiring cartilage grafting to reconstruct your nose.
Lip Lift Revision
Patients often seek revision surgery to restore a more natural appearance to their lips. Whether they previously had lip implants, silicone injections, or chronic use of temporary fillers, the lips can become permanently distorted in their length and shape. Dr. Malone treats many patients who are dissatisfied with prior lip procedures. During your consultation, you will be able to address in detail what aspect of your lips bothers you.
A revision facelift, also called a secondary facelift, concerns a patient seeking to undergo a second facelift after they have already undergone an original treatment. After a facelift surgery, patients continue to age. Facelift results have been shown to last upwards of 10 years. Often times, patients will seek a revision procedure before that time comes up. The reasons that patients seek revision procedures may be related to an unnaturally tight, stretched or “pulled” appearance from their prior surgery or due to areas of the face that were not addressed adequately.
The majority of plastic surgeons perform superficial skin or “SMAS” based facelifts. These facelifts have been shown to have a short lifespan and result in the tight or “pulled” appearance that is feared when having a facelift. The deeper fat and muscular structures that have sagged over time are not addressed in these superficial skins or “SMAS” based facelifts. Rather the deeper structures are left unsupported while the skin is pulled tightly over them causing the stretched or pulled facial appearance in this unhappy group of patients seeking revision. Another common complaint amongst patients seeking revision facelift is that they still have jowling and fullness in their necks or that their cheeks were not lifted in the original procedure.
Dr. Malone has developed techniques to lift and support the deeper facial muscles and facial fat pads through her deep plane facelift technique, thereby providing a long lasting lift that can reverse or undo the unnatural pulled appearance of the original superficial facelift while treating the residual signs of aging that were left in place after the prior surgery.
Eyelid Lift Revision
There are many reasons to seek revision eyelid surgery. It is very common for Dr. Malone to see patients who underwent eyelid lift surgery in the past and were initially satisfied with their results but noticed, over time, worsening dark circles, saggy wrinkled skin and bags occurring underneath their eyes. They may also have noticed that the shape of their eyes changed. All of these issues are very common reasons that patients seek revision eyelid surgery.
The majority of plastic surgeons perform lower eyelid lifts by removing the fat bags that initially bothered the patients. While it provides a temporary solution, it can lead to a hollowed out appearance as the aging process continues over time. Dr. Malone treats patients who have undergone prior eyelid surgery in order to lift and tighten their lower eyelid skin and create a smooth transition between the lower eyelid and cheek junction. She also addresses the eyelid position to preserve or restore the natural shape of your eyes.
A large component of Dr. Malone’s surgical practice in La Jolla is treating patients who have previously undergone aesthetic plastic surgery and are dissatisfied with their results.
Being a facial plastic surgery subspecialist in all aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck, Dr. Malone is uniquely qualified to address these complex cases with insight and expertise. She performs revision surgery for a wide array of patients regarding problems from prior treatments. Given the complex nature of these cases, each patient and their particular circumstances are highly individualized and require a consultation with Dr. Malone to assess how to address specific issues.
Dr. Malone’s Philosophy
Dr. Malone’s treatments in La Jolla are highly individualized, customized for you and address your specific concerns and needs. We aim to let your refreshed appearance reflect the youthful energy that you feel on the inside. Most importantly, Dr. Malone’s aesthetic is seamless without ever drawing unwanted attention. She provides the subtle refresher that a good night’s rest no longer produces. Dr. Malone’s aesthetic is a natural, soft and balanced letting you to always put your best face forward.
Dr. Malone is a Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. This remarkable distinction is bestowed on an elite subset of surgeons based on their exceptional training, professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct.
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