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Hi, it’s Dr Murray back again, today we’re talking about what is botched and what is not. A lot of people are confused and think a lump, swelling or some unevenness is a botched procedure when it’s not. The biggest cause of a botched procedure is poor or no aftercare. You must be very careful of fly-in-fly-out surgeons, as we have seen in Sydney recently and overseas surgery where you are not near your doctor after the procedure. Something can become absolutely botched when a small complication turns into a big one and sometimes into a disaster. When you read a consent form and it says that you can get swelling, lumps, unevenness etc. you need to be aware that this is often a normal process of healing and can be a complication that can occur and is not truly botched.
With breast implants for example, bottoming out and double bubble can be due to your tissue and have nothing to do with the procedure, although the procedure can also affect these problems as well.
You can read the consent form from John Tebbetts, a famous American plastic surgeon. He says things such as sagginess and double bubble in some cases are completely unpredictable. That is not botched but a procedure that has had a complication partly caused by your genetics. I have noticed that there are inexperienced doctors around that are reviewing patients who have had lumpiness in the lips or bad bruising claiming that is necrosis or botched job when it is not. It is important that you have a look at their cv and how long they have been doing practicing for, two or three years does not make them an expert. 20 years and lots of lecturing experience can make someone an expert.
Make sure if you do have lumps or bad bruises and someone advises it hasn’t been done right by another practitioner that you look at their cv and see if they’re just upping themselves.
We had a patient in today who had their lips done last week with a nurse and they didn’t like them due to lumps and swelling. I said to her this can happen and you can expect lumps and swelling for up to a week and not to be so harsh on the practitioner even though they turned out to be very inexperienced.
We had a patient come in a few months ago with very bad bruising, which was a result of a treatment performed by me. The patient was on anti-inflammatories. Another doctor had told her he thought it was necrosis. It was not necrosis. Necrosis or death of the skin has very distinct symptoms that differ from a bruise. Always be fair to your practitioner. Read the consent form carefully, be aware that complications can occur, swelling and bruising are often a normal side effect after a procedure.
A post that was uploaded on Facebook copped a lot of criticism because people thought her lips looked terrible but they didn’t read the post to see that she had swelling and the point of the post was to show what can occur after a procedure. People were too quick to judge. Dr Naomi who is a very experienced practitioner put up a post very soon after to also show the swelling that can occur which I thought was very responsible.
I am not a fan of Photoshop or facetune. I think they has been used too much. They are giving people unrealistic expectations. It is impossible to never cause bruising or swelling. If you have never had complications, you’re either lying or you haven’t done enough.
We are of course not saying that botched jobs happen, they do. If you would like some examples of the truly botched jobs we have seen over the years please see our “Know the Risks of Travelling for Cosmetic Procedures” page.
Take care, for any more information do not hesitate to contact me on 9389 9099.