After spending countless hours in front of the mirror lamenting over the appearance of your nose, you finally decided to have a nose job. But months, or even years, have passed since your initial operation, and you still are not happy with the way it looks. Whether it’s the result of a botched procedure, or your nose job just did not heal properly, you are not stuck with your current nose forever. Through rhinoplasty revision, it is possible to improve your appearance and obtain more desirable results.
Rhinoplasty Revision, Also Known as Secondary Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty revision, or secondary rhinoplasty, is a procedure that is performed to correct problems that occur following rhinoplasty and problems that were not correctly addressed during the initial operation. Though most people are happy with the results of their nose job, it is estimated that up to twelve percent require revision at some point. Rhinoplasty revision can be used to correct numerous problems including excess scar tissue and dips and bumps in the nose. Because the original nose is no longer in tact, corrective procedures must be performed by a highly skilled surgeon who knows how to deal with the complex issues involved in rhinoplasty revision.
Dr. Schlechter did a revision on a botched rhinoplasty that I had done several years ago by another plastic surgeon. I’m glad I made the decision to have him do the surgery because he did a beautiful job. I can’t say enough about how happy I am with not only how I was treated as a patient but for the excellent results! I highly recommend Dr. Schlechter. – CE
How is Rhinoplasty Revision Performed?
The exact technique for performing a rhinoplasty revision varies greatly depending on the nature of the problem being corrected. In instances where major repairs are required, the procedure is very similar to, or more complex than, the initial rhinoplasty and may require extensive removal, augmentation or repositioning of the bone and cartilage that make up the nose. In other cases, the operation may be as simple as making a small incision to remove a small amount of scar tissue that is obstructing your breathing.
Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty Revision?
Most people who have undergone an initial rhinoplasty procedure are candidates for rhinoplasty revision. Be sure to let your surgeon know if anything relating to your health has changed since your initial surgery.
While it is possible to correct a multitude of problems with revision surgery, it is important to remain realistic about your goals. If a significant portion of the bone and cartilage in your nose has been removed, it will be difficult to drastically alter its shape or size.
Rhinoplasty Revision Recovery
Like the procedure itself, the recovery for rhinoplasty revision varies. If major corrections are made, you can expect a recovery period similar to what you experienced following your initial nose job. You may have to avoid strenuous activities with a few months while your nose heals. For minor corrections, healing could take as little as a few weeks. In either case, most patients are happy with the results of rhinoplasty revision.