Sometimes, due to the passage of time or because of the unique way a patient can react to surgery, there may be a need to revisit and correct cosmetic procedures – this is also called corrective, or secondary surgery.

The most common secondary surgery procedures are breast surgeries, and also face and neck lifts. Other procedures are entirely possible and can be discussed at a consultation. The process of correcting and improving upon previous cosmetic surgery is an area of expertise for the surgeons at North Bristol Private Hospital. 

On this page, we look at:

  • What is corrective secondary surgery?
  • The unpredictable nature of surgery
  • Frequently Asked Questions about corrective surgery

What is corrective secondary surgery?

Corrective or secondary surgery is any procedure that becomes necessary at some stage in the future following an initial treatment. This form of surgery is different from a planned follow-up. Corrective surgery can be something wholly unplanned: the result of the unpredictable nature of treatment or surgeon error.

In all cases it can be challenging for the patient. It is, after all, surgery they never imagined being necessary. The skill of the corrective surgeon lies in being able to carry out all procedures but also to act with empathy and understanding towards anyone seeking secondary surgical procedures.

The unpredictable nature of surgery

World leading surgeons are judged by their results, but human tissue is unpredictable. Different people can react in different ways. Some patients might show signs of ageing more quickly than would typically be expected, others might suffer from poor scar formation.

The reason secondary surgery is required may not ultimately be of primary importance. It can be enough for a patient to know that it is possible and that a surgeon can remedy the impact of time, poor surgery or unpredictable initial recovery.

Frequently asked questions

At a detailed consultation our surgeons will assess the suitability of secondary surgery and talk you through any procedure and its likely results.

It’s important to remember that ageing continues after cosmetic surgery. The initial surgery might have been performed to the highest of standards, but the passing of time, and the unpredictable nature of ageing, can lead to the results changing as the years go by. 

Areas that were lifted might sag once again, or the shape of breasts might change in following implants or a reduction. Your original surgeon should have made these possibilities clear, outlining that over the decades it might become desirable to have secondary surgery. 

In our experience, if the initial surgery was motivated by a desire to lessen the impact of ageing, it is not uncommon for further ageing to require further treatment.

It can be very upsetting for a patient to have to seek a remedy for a flawed initial procedure. It is easy to say that this should not happen, that any qualified cosmetic surgeon should always deliver excellent results, but sadly this is not the case.

When this happens, the manner of the secondary surgeon is of vital importance. The job of this surgeon in this case is two-fold. To help the patient receive the results they wanted in the first place, but also to wipe away the impact of that initial bad experience. They will do this through empathy, calmness and kindness, and the highest standards of pre and after care that North Bristol Hospital is known for.

This is not the same as the surgery being performed badly, in that the complication could not have been predicted. (An outcome that should have been predicted by a competent surgeon would be considered  surgeon error.) An example would be an infection that affects the end result of the surgery. It might be that this infection was completely unpredicted, and unrelated to the surgery. Regardless of what the complication is, the impact can be detrimental for the surgical procedure so a secondary operation is required

Breast surgery is one of the most common areas for secondary procedures, often involving re-positioning of the implants or downsizing from implants that were too large (and perhaps should not have been used by the initial surgeon). Changes might have been brought about by ageing, or pregnancy or even implant rupturing can be rectified, with the breasts ultimately re-shaped, lifted and internal scar tissue removed. 

Only a surgeon capable in all modern techniques and with complete knowledge can be sure to achieve the highest levels of results. Breast secondary surgery can also be combined to form a Mummy Makeover, this potentially including a Tummy Tuck and liposuction.

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How much does Corrective Secondary Surgery cost?

The total cost of the surgery will be confirmed after the first consultation.

The cost includes the hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees. It also covers all post-operative visits. The initial consultation fee will be invoiced separately. The prices apply only at the time of publication and are subject to changes without notification.

Initial Consultation


This fee will be invoiced separately.

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