Sometimes, a rhinoplasty doesn’t turn out quite like you envisioned. Whether it’s a major disappointment or just in need of a few minor tweaks, you deserve to have the nose of your dreams. This is what is called a revision rhinoplasty. And sometimes a revision is necessary to improve the function of the nose, not the visual aesthetic.
Revision rhinoplasty is a corrective surgery done to recorrect or reshape a nose that has previously been operated on. It is also referred to as a secondary rhinoplasty. People choose to get corrective nose jobs for a variety of reasons. It’s not always about the way a nose looks. Many times it’s about the way a nose functions. It can also be necessary for someone who had a nose job many years ago. Why? As time progresses, new techniques evolve and some of those new techniques yield better results. Long ago, nose jobs would remove a lot of cartilage. We’ve since learned that this isn’t ideal because the cartilage gives support. Without it, things can change and become asymmetrical as time goes on.
Whether or not you’re a good candidate to get another rhinoplasty should be discussed with your cosmetic surgeon. Every nose is not a good fit for revisions. Your surgeon will look at your medical history, overall health, the amount of scar tissue, nasal function and more before deciding to operate again or not.
- Time matters. If you’ve had a rhinoplasty procedure done less than a year before requesting another one, you may be asked to wait. It takes at least a full year before everything settles into place. Everyone heals at their body’s own pace, so you’ll need to be patient with the healing process.
- Patients who are experiencing decreased nasal function may need revision surgery. A revision can increase airflow, reduce snoring and more. A beautiful nose that doesn’t allow you to breathe properly is not ideal.
- The condition of your skin is also important. If your skin doesn’t have enough elasticity or has become too thin, it would be difficult to have a revision.
- Irregular complications like prolonged swelling or a chronic runny nose may be signs that something isn’t right and may need to be revised.
For many surgeons, the number of corrective surgeries isn’t part of the criteria for having another revision. It most often depends on how much loss has occurred and health. Time is also a big factor. Although it can take a year for a rhinoplasty to fully heal, it may be better to have a revision sooner than later. That’s why it’s important to start talking about a revision as soon as you start thinking about it. Consider multiple surgeons when entertaining the thought of revision, and look through their portfolio of work. Know exactly what you want out of your revision surgery. Be able to verbalize what you want and your expectations. Lastly, you’ll need to understand the risks that come along with a revision.
There’s a lot that comes along with having a rhinoplasty, and just as much that comes along with a revision rhinoplasty. In a perfect world, everyone would be happy with their cosmetic surgery, luckily there’s corrective surgery for the imperfections.