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Reversing plastic surgery

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Undoing beauty regrets

Cosmetic surgery has become extremely commonplace, but that doesn't mean that it comes without regrets. How can you regain your pre-surgery look? Is it even possible?

Lip injections

Turn back time?

Not always. Dr. Myint explains some myths and realities about reversing plastic surgery.

Priscilla Presley - bad plastic surgery

Some of the worst cosmetic botches are with eyelid surgery. Dr. Myint says, "If too much skin was removed in an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, for instance, I cannot reverse it back to its original appearance. This is a common complication I see from other surgeons. This type of patient will need a skin graft. They may or may not look better, but they will surely look different from their original appearance."

As you might imagine, over-inflated lips are pretty common, too. Dr. Myint says that lips can be restored in some situations with the right doctor and technique, although it's challenging.

"If a filler such as an HA (hyaluronic acid) was used, I can reverse it with hyaluronidase enzyme," explains Dr. Myint. "The lip will return back to its original position and shape. If a more permanent filler was used, it is very difficult to reverse. The filler must be surgically removed, which can lead to more complications. Depending on the implant, some can be removed easily, while others are extremely difficult to remove."

if you've had plastic surgery

Do you regret it? We'd love to hear your story in the comments below.

And remember, plastic surgery is serious business. Do your research before you go under the knife for any procedure.

More about plastic surgery:

Are you a good candidate for cosmetic surgery?
Terrible celebrity plastic surgery
Expert tips on plastic surgery

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