Woman fixes undesired plastic surgery results

Monday, July 7th 2008, 11:20 pm
By: News 9

By Kirsten McIntyre, NEWS 9

An increasingly popular trend in the nip and tuck world is going under the knife to re-do a previous plastic surgery. Experts said it's a backlash against that feeling of being too 'done.'

Georgette Deandressi was thrilled with how she looks after her fix-it surgery, but that was not always the case. She was so self-conscious about her nose she decided to get plastic surgery.

"I was hoping that it would look pretty much the same with all the irregularities taken out of it," Deandressi said. "I didn't want it to look ‘done.'"

But, after going under the knife, Georgette was not happy. She thought her nose now looked unnatural.

"It became too small and it looked whittled away," Deandressi said. "It didn't look normal."

Deandressi went in a couple more times trying to get the look she originally hoped for, but it wasn't until she went to Doctor Andrew Jacono's office, where she now works, that she finally got the results she wanted.

"I do think my nose looks very natural," Deandressi said. "Actually, when I tell people that I've had surgery, they don't believe it."

There are so many people are going in to re-do plastic surgeries these days, there's a name for the field: Revision plastic surgery.

"It's often done because a patient is not happy with the way the procedure turned out," Dr. Jacono said. "Although patients are not disfigured, they don't look irregular, they're just not getting what they expected."

Dr. Jacono now devotes up to 40 percent of his practice to the cases. He said patients come in because they feel their new look is too sculpted or the procedure was done too aggressively, like an over-pulled face or too much skin removed from the eye area.

"They want to look more beautiful, more enhanced," Jacono said. "They just don't' want to look like they went under the knife."

When the result is not what the patient expects it can lead to serious anxiety, embarrassment and withdrawal.

"They were times I did not want to go out," Deandressi said. "I did not like my picture taken. I was very uncomfortable and I just felt depressed."

Kathy Kater is a psychotherapist who specializes in body image disorders. She says when the changes are unexpected, there's an actual grieving process.

"I think that people just don't realize how much just a little change can really change the whole overall picture," Kater said. "When they look in the mirror, they don't look like themselves anymore and that could be disturbing."

Since Deandressi's last surgery, she's grateful the results are finally right.

"Words cannot express how I feel," Deandressi said. "I'm absolutely thrilled."

So patients are not disappointed after a plastic surgery procedure, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends asking important questions before you go under the knife. They advise to make sure to always find out a doctor's credentials, experience, and outcomes by requesting to see samples of the surgeon's work.