Ask Your Plastic Surgeon About Their Revision Policy

Fees for cosmetic surgery can add up. In addition to the surgeon’s fees, there are fees for the operating room, anesthesia, overhead fees, and supplies. Cosmetic surgery can be expensive. Surgery for revisions or complications as a result of the procedure are also the patient’s responsibility. The surgeon or the insurance company are not responsible for any future charges that may occur as a result of needing additional surgery.

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Complication and Revision Policies for Elective Plastic Surgery

While infrequent, complications after plastic surgery can occur. And, when results that are expected after a plastic surgery procedure are not realized, a surgical revision may be necessary. Reasons for a poor outcome from plastic surgery may include the following:

  • Lifestyle choices such as smoking, alcohol, drug use, or exposure to the sun
  • Lack of compliance with post-operative instructions
  • Poor skin tone
  • Weight gain after the surgical procedure
  • Poor circulation
  • Infection

There are certain complications that occur no matter how careful the doctor and the surgical team or how good the care. At times it may be necessary for the patient to undergo a revision, either on an emergency basis or as an elective procedure.

Some surgeons' revision policy waives their surgeon’s fee for complications or revisions as long as the revision procedure is performed within six to 12 months of the original surgery date. The patient will still be expected to pay for expenses such as facility fees and anesthesia fees. Some patients may have medical insurance that covers the cost of revisions or complications. If the patient does have coverage, the insurance company may be billed for the surgeon’s fee and the facility fee.

Patients should have realistic expectations of the outcome of their plastic surgery procedure. Patients need to carefully select the plastic surgeon that will perform their procedure. They should make sure that their surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has active memberships in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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