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In June 2014, the television channel E! Online premiered with a television show called Botched.

This is a reality TV show, which features two of California’s best plastic surgeons look into horrible cosmetic surgeries that have gone wrong. While its first season run recently ended in October, the show has featured supermodel Janice Dickinson, human Ken doll Justin Jedlica, reality rockstar Saaphyri and celebrity Lacey Wild.

Apart from these famous names, the show has also featured ordinary people who have suffered from a plastic surgery gone wrong. It includes a male rhinoplasty patient, who was left with a crooked septum that caused constant migraine, a transgender who seeks to get a reconstructive surgery for a more natural look and a woman who has suffered from a severely twisted septum from a previous nose job.

What is a Botched Cosmetic Surgery?

Certainly, no rhinoplasty or double eyelid surgery patient would ever want to be in this distressing situation. A botched cosmetic surgery definitely has a huge impact not just physically, but psychologically as well. In a 2011 Dailymail UK article, an independent study revealed that one in five patients are unhappy with their results with up to 20 percent disappoint the patient’s expectation.

However, being just “simply unsatisfied” with the results does not necessarily mean that a procedure is botched, it is definitely more than that. A botched procedure can constitute complications like necrosis, infection, abscess, wound separation or blood clots. If these can be detected early, most of these can be effectively treated. However, the worst scenario can happen, like permanent and constant pain, disfigurement and paralysis. Death can result in a bad cosmetic surgery, however, it is important to note that death rates in cosmetic procedures are extremely low and rare.

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) President Dr. Shan Baker, “Recent reports of cosmetic surgeries gone awry and wrongful deaths proves that the choice for undergoing facial cosmetic surgery should be taken seriously. Whether undergoing a surgical operation, such as a face lift, or a non-surgical procedure like Botox injections, patients need to be mindful that these are all medical procedures that should be performed by the hands of a well-trained, qualified, and experienced facial plastic surgeon.

6 Ways to Avoid a Botched Cosmetic Surgery

That is why when you are bent on getting your features enhanced with a surgical procedure, always put your safety at the forefront and ensure that you protect yourself. As they say prevention is better than cure. So here are a few tips to help you out to put a bad surgery result or, worse, a botched cosmetic surgery to happen.

1. Play detective and learn everything you can about your procedure

One of key things about going into the clinic for a cosmetic procedure done is to have a better understanding of what the procedure is and what it entails. This means knowing the basic information, as well as the possible risks, complications and side-effects that come with it and the best ways to properly heal. This will give you a better perspective about your procedure even before you step into the doctor’s clinic. This allows you to ask educated questions during your procedure.

2. Be realistic with your expectations

It is important that you should know that cosmetic surgery is not about achieving perfection. It is about enhancing a certain feature that is balanced and in harmony with the rest of your face. It is still about celebrating uniqueness and individuality, after all. So, do not expect to have a new nose exactly like that of Natalie Portman or Angelina Jolie with your new bold eyelids.

3. Pick the board-certified and experienced surgeons

Just like playing detective about your procedure, you should also put emphasis in doing so when it comes to your surgeon. Only approach qualified cosmetic surgeons. In Australia, you should look out for accreditation with the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon and/ or The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery. This ensures that your surgeon has completed the required number of years of training and professional practice of a specified procedure. An added credential should be appreciated for those with affiliations with international medical boards and accrediting bodies. Also, ask how long the surgeon has been performing the procedures and the success rates of his procedures.

4. Consider the cost

This is the time when skimping on cost should be at the least of your priorities. Be wary of clinics that offer extremely low rates compared with the rest of the market. This also goes to say that you should take time to ask around for rates of the procedure in your area to get a good idea.

5. Have the right reason

Cliché as it may said, you should never get a cosmetic procedure done to look like a famous celebrity or to please your loved ones. If you have to brave this invasive procedure, do it for yourself.

6. Take time

Think things through before you finally make a decision. Do not rush and evaluate your options. This will also help you clear things out whether you really want to get a rhinoplasty or double eyelid surgery done or not. And also, a good cosmetic surgeon will not pressure you to make an instant decision.

5 Steps You Can Take When You Have a Botched Cosmetic Surgery

Putting these tips in mind can save you money, future disappointment or disfigurement. But what happens when you are one in the few statistics that are in the predicament of a bad cosmetic surgery result? What should you do?

Rhinoplasty or double eyelid surgery may seem like a very body part to operate on. But in actuality, it is as complex as the more extensive full facelift. A slight tweak or mistake can significantly have an effect on the aesthetic outcome of your procedure. Look for signs of infection, blood clot or unusual reactions.

If you are in this situation, here are steps you can take to address a bad or botched cosmetic surgery.

1. Allow your body time to heal

Before jumping into conclusions, make sure that you allow your body time to heal itself. Swelling, bleeding and minor pain are part of the earlier stages of the recovery process, which happens on the first week after your procedure. If any discomfort or pain lingers on the second week, you need to move on to the next step.

2. Talk and approach with your surgeon

Approach your doctor and openly and honestly discuss with him on what happened. It is important to have an open mind and reserve bias or judgment when seeking this kind of consultation. It is also important to understand the solutions that are being offered.

3. Consider getting a revision or secondary procedure done

If you are still unsatisfied with results or still experiencing complications after the healing period, it may be time to seek out a second opinion for a revision procedure. Surgeons will usually cater to revisions at no added cost, except for facilities and anesthesia fee. Similarly when you go into this step, make sure that you do advance research on secondary procedures, as this usually entails different approaches and risks.

4. Same doctor or another doctor?

This question is the most important of all. But at the end of the day, it is still up to you. If you are still confident with the skills and expertise of your first surgeon, then you can still have your revision done by him. However, if you think that he can no longer effectively perform a procedure, you can always approach a better qualified and experienced doctor.

5. Contact the Medical Board and Legal Action

This step should be your last resort. If making a resolution with your surgeon is impossible, you may file a complaint to the Medical Board of Australia or the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, especially when the procedure is due to the surgeon’s gross negligence. You may also file a lawsuit, but remember that this can be emotionally and financially draining on your part.

Botched cosmetic surgeries can always be remedied. But sometimes, aesthetics may play as the last factor in performing revision procedures. What is important is that complications are eliminated and that normal functioning is achieved at the end.

If you are considering getting a rhinoplasty or double eyelid surgery done, you can find the best cosmetic surgeon here at Advance Beauty Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Andrew Kim is a board-certified surgeon who has an extensive experience in both procedures. Dr. Kim has pleased his patients with only the best results that meet their realistic expectations with safe approaches and techniques.

He will discuss with your personalized procedure during your free consultation with him. Advance has clinics in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. To schedule your consultation today, simply fill out our inquiry form.