American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

I paid 20000 to a plastic surgeon for cosmetic surgery and backed out the night before

Question: I paid $20,000 to a plastic surgeon for cosmetic surgery and backed out the night before the surgery due to being scared. The Dr. has not returned my money and I have called the office twice. Is it legal for him to keep it?

Answer: Obviously, I cannot answer this question because I do not know what contract you signed with him. Sometimes individuals sign contracts that state a no-refund policy or that no refund is possible if done within 2 weeks of surgery or something to that effect. I do not know what agreement you have signed. Obviously, $20,000 is a lot of money. However, also understand that when someone cancels the night before surgery, the surgeon has paid for staff and OR time and cannot get that back either. I think it is always best to speak with your surgeon about what agreement you guys had before hand.

i have asymmetry in my face from a previous surgery is there a possiblity to reconstruct these little deformations in skull

Question: i have an asymmetry in my face from a previous surgery caused little deviation in eyes leveling.and alapse in left cheek.is there a possiblity to reconstruct these little deformations in skull?

Answer: somethings are possible and somethings are not. asymmetry is one of the hardest things to manage with satisfaction. in my consent forms i have “the two sides of the body are not the same and can never be made the same.” when people chase asymmetry they can get into problems. however, clearly if something is truly asymmetric by more than a few millimeters then that can be unattractive or disfiguring. whether that asymmetry that you have can be fixed or improve really requires an in-person consultation and discussion with a qualified facial plastic surgeon. i always encourage you to go back to your physician for evaluation to make sure that he has a chance to help you, as i certainly would want to know when a patient is dissatisfied so that i could help them.

I have a question about Reconstructive Surgery.

Question: Hello~ I am writing this morning because I need to find out some information. I was molested tramatically as a child for 13 years and what he did to me, came to the conclusion that I needed like a reconstructive surgery at UCLA of my anal and vagina. When you looked at it, it was one hole, so the doctor went at made it two. Well here we are 12 years after the surgery and I and very insecure about the outcome. I never really worried about it before, because I was married and my husband was with me through the whole process and the aftermath. I am now going through a divorce and this issue is causing a problem with me dating. I am very insecure with what everything looks and feels likes. The main problem seems to be the huge lump towards the back. Another huge concern and this is so embarrassing, but my anal hole is inside a deep pocket. This can also be a sanitary problem…..OMG so embarrassing. I think this is why I have not pressed the issue earlier cause of the embarrassment of everything. My question is I would like to know if it is possible to make me look normal down there like a woman should. I am almost 40 and just beginning to live a happy life after a miserable marriage. If you don’t do this kind of work, can you refer someone that might. They need to be good lol…..see the results from a doc I thought was going to be marvelous from the get go. Please get back to me, for I am hopefully looking to get this started right away.

Answer: hi,
thank you for your very sensitive question regarding your past trauma and reconstruction. unfortunately, two things: 1) the rules do not permit me to give direct medical advice to an individual. 2) this Web site is dedicated only to face and neck cosmetic and reconstructive surgery questions. you need to ask your question to a body plastic surgeon, an OB-GYN, or a colorectal surgeon. good luck in finding the right person to help you with your delicate situation.

My friend just got her nose done

Question: Should I have a rhinoplasty?

Answer: That question is a bit open ended. Obviously, rhinoplasty is not something you just dive into. You should base your decision upon long-term thinking and desire rather than a short-term whimsical idea. If you have functional breathing problems or other issues, you might get part of the procedure covered by insurance. The best thing to do is to discuss this desire with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is skilled at helping you achieve your cosmetic desires but also by either improving or maintaining your nasal airway. Since facial plastic surgeons have as much knowledge inside as outside the nose, they are well skilled to help you achieve all of your nasal goals.