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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY


Posted November 14, 2019 in Breast Surgery, Scars

Read time 5 minutes

Plastic surgery is typically considered to be a tried and true way to get a better appearance.

Millions of people go under the knife every year to enhance their bodies and faces, entrusting their fates to the surgeons performing these procedures.

But unfortunately, bad plastic surgery happens, leaving patients with less-than-stellar results.

In some cases, more surgery may be needed to correct what went wrong.

Dr. Taranow offers procedures that can correct bad plastic surgery, repairing deformities for the beautiful results patients deserve.

Common Surgery Mishaps

Most plastic surgery procedures are designed to be as safe as possible.

Coupled with responsible surgeons who are good at pinpointing what their patients need, plastic surgery is typically a safe venture that results in beautiful enhancement.

Yet, unscrupulous players may recommend procedures patients don’t need or push patients towards enhancement that’s too much for their bodies or faces.

Some of the most common surgical mishaps include:

Visible Scarring

Before and after image of a young woman who needed breast revision surgery due to irregularities from previous implants.

There will always be a bit of scarring after most procedures, but the best surgeons aim to make sure incision scars are discreet.

Patients who undergo too many surgeries, especially at the same time (such as with a Mommy Makeover), may be left with more scars than they’d like.
Irregularities, Deformities, and Dents
Liposuction is often used to melt unwanted fat away from nearly every area of the body and even the face.

However, liposuction can sometimes be overdone and leave an unnatural-looking tightness behind that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the body.

Deformities or dents are more likely to occur with time as patients bodies’ naturally change.

Implant Issues

Breast implants are still the most popular plastic surgery procedure performed every year, but issues with implants can still occur.

Implants can ripple or move into unnatural positions. Leaks or ruptures (which typically require immediate attention) can also lead to a deflated appearance.

The “Overdone” Look

Too many injectable fillers or too much Botox—used to add youthful volume and smoothness—can instead create a swollen or frozen appearance.

How Can Surgery Correct Botched Results?

It can be ironic to think about more surgery to fix surgical mistakes.

While not all surgical mishaps can be repaired, certain plastic surgery procedures can be used to correct previous surgery that left patients feeling less than pleased with their results.

Dr. Taranow offers several procedures that can all be used for corrective plastic surgery in several ways, such as:

Breast Lift

How It’s Used: The breast lift procedure is typically used for women whose breasts could use a boost. The procedure tightens and removes excess breast tissue to lift breasts, creating a firmer appearance.

What It Addresses: Sagging, drooping breast tissue, excess drooping skin, excess fat, loose or hanging breasts.

Breast Implant Removal

Before and after image of a young woman who previously had breast augmentation and minimal lift performed by another surgeon and unhappy with her results. Revision surgery was performed for a better outcome.

How It’s Used: Breast implant removal surgery is used to remove implants for several reasons. The procedure will completely remove a breast implant and any surrounding scar and breast tissue, if needed.

What It Addresses: Implants that must be removed. Implants may be removed because they cause issues such as moving, wrinkling or rippling, or they have started to leak and rupture. Implants can also be removed simply because women do not want them anymore, have gained weight and thus breast fullness or simply want them replaced.

Fat Transfer

How It’s Used: Dr. Taranow will use fat transfer to correct irregular body contours from previous liposuction or in the breasts from biopsies or previous surgery. Fat transfer uses fat extracted from other areas of the body for correction, often resulting in natural-looking contours.

What It Addresses: Irregularities from liposuction or other body contouring procedures, dents, or deformities in shape.


How It’s Used: Liposuction is often used to remove fat from unwanted areas of the body for a smoother, slimmer outline.

What It Addresses: Unwanted fat from problem areas, including the abdomen, thighs, hips, arms, back, neck, and chin.


How It’s Used: A Brazilian Butt Lift directly addresses the buttocks, using fat transfer to enhance and increase the butt for a rounder, firmer booty.

What It Addresses: The buttocks, especially patients that have previously undergone failed BBL procedures.


How They’re Used: Injectable fillers are used to enhance facial features. Dr. Taranow offers his patients JUVÉDERM®, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, and RADIESSE® injectable fillers.

Each is formulated with hyaluronic acid or hydroxylapatite to address aging concerns and restore skin to a youthful look.

What It Addresses: Wrinkles, deep creases, sagging skin, dark spots, scarring, and other deformities. JUVÉDERM® is typically used to smooth out creases on the cheeks and around the mouth (“marionette lines”) as well as plumping the lips. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC specializes in filling in hollowed-out cheeks, restoring a youthful appearance. RADIESSE® offers powerful rejuvenating effects that continue their work long after their application.

Have More Questions?

Interested in learning more? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Taranow by calling our office at 212-772-2100 or using our contact form online.