Reasons to Undergo a Revision Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that changes the size, angle, or shape of the nose by rearranging the bone, tissue, and cartilage. Most people who have a rhinoplasty procedure are happy with their results and don’t need any follow up procedures. However, some people undergo revision rhinoplasty after their first surgery to correct mistakes or make more improvements. Here are six of the most common reasons people get revision rhinoplasty surgeries:
- Botched Rhinoplasty
Unfortunately, surgeons sometimes make mistakes or use poor technique, which can have a big impact on the results of the procedure. The surgeon may remove too much or too little cartilage or cause the nose to be lumpy or asymmetrical. They also may have not communicated properly with the patient about the goals of the surgery.
Because your nose is visible to everyone, a botched rhinoplasty can cause mental distress or trauma. Many people who have had botched rhinoplasty are hesitant to have another surgery on their nose, but revision rhinoplasty with a different surgeon can fix the damage of the first surgery and give them the nose they were hoping for.
- Healing Problems
Even the best surgeons can’t always accurately predict how your nose will heal. Your surgeon can do the best they possibly can with the procedure, but it may not heal properly. There could be too much scar tissue or an improper amount of cartilage. You may not have followed all the post-operative instructions, or your doctor may have given you bad advice for taking care of your nose as it heals. It sometimes takes up to two years for your nose to fully heal from rhinoplasty surgery, and by the time it’s completely healed, it may not look right anymore.
- Difficulty Breathing
Rhinoplasty surgeons are careful to preserve the nasal function even as they alter the shape and structure of the nose. However, as they remove or shift cartilage, bone, and skin, the nasal structure may weaken. A nasal valve may collapse or an airway could become blocked after rhinoplasty, causing serious breathing difficulties. You may develop a chronic snoring problem if this happens, or you may have to breathe through your mouth constantly.
Going through life unable to breathe is a terrible problem, and a revision rhinoplasty is worth it to correct the issue. Your surgeon will identify and fix the cause of the breathing problem while maintaining your new nose shape as much as possible.
- Improper Nose Width
Many people undergo rhinoplasty to make their nose wider or thinner. In some cases, the surgeon may overcorrect the problem, leaving the patient unsatisfied with the results. Revision rhinoplasty can reduce the effects of the first surgery and achieve a more balanced look for the patient.
- Damage or Injury
Because it can take so long for your nose to heal from rhinoplasty, you may be more vulnerable to nose injuries in the first year or two following the surgery. Even once your nose has fully healed, it can still get broken or be damaged in some way. Accidents happen, and your nose won’t be invincible after the surgery. Even if the damage has nothing to do with the surgery itself, a revision rhinoplasty can fix the problem and restore your nose to your desired shape.
- Unhappiness With Results
Some people undergo revision rhinoplasty even though the first rhinoplasty heals fine, their surgeon didn’t make a mistake, and they have no problems breathing. Even if there are no major problems with your rhinoplasty, being unhappy with the results is a perfectly valid reason for having revision rhinoplasty.
Surgeons usually use computer imaging before the procedure to show their patients what their new nose will look like. However, this is just a best estimate of the results. After your nose heals, you may realize that you don’t actually like the way it looks. You may have loved the way the virtual photo looked before your surgery, but you might not like it as much on your actual face.
It can be hard to predict with complete certainty how you’ll feel about the results before you see them in real life. When you undergo a revision rhinoplasty, your surgeon will help you pinpoint and fix exactly what it is that you don’t like about the results.
If you’re considering rhinoplasty or are unhappy with your first rhinoplasty results, consider making an appointment at Becker Rhinoplasty Center. Dr. Daniel G. Becker, MD is a clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania and specializes in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and he has 20 years of rhinoplasty experience. You can visit his site here: