Revision Rhinoplasty Options

Rhinoplasty is successful in the vast majority of cases. But, like many forms of cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty is a combination of art and medicine. This means that the surgeon creating the newly shaped nose is able to rely on medicine, but he or she must also allow years of experience and careful artistry to work when creating the new nose.

Rhinoplasty Results

In the operating room, surgeons aren’t always able to determine the outcome of a surgery while the patient is on the table. As the surgery begins to heal, the patient’s nose and face will begin to swell and bruise. The swelling can persist for up to a year in some form although most swelling will be reduced in just a few months.

At that point, the patient is able to see what the final result would be from the surgery. In the vast majority of cases, the patient is satisfied with the newly shaped nose and he or she is pleased. At that point the surgery is complete and the patient’s recovery is complete.

In a small percentage of cases, however, the rhinoplasty procedure is not as successful. The nose may be lopsided or the transformation not as dramatic as the patient intended. For these fifteen percent of patients, a revision rhinoplasty may be necessary to correct any medical problems that have occurred.

For others a follow-up surgery with another rhinoplasty procedure allows the surgeon to make even more subtle changes to the shape of the nose in order to create the final result that the patient has been seeking.

Revision Rhinoplasty Concerns

There are some concerns about revision rhinoplasty, but primarily in regard to the amount of surgical intervention the nose can handle. Removing too much tissue or bone from the nose, there is a risk of collapse or an unnaturally thin or small nose following surgery. Be sure to discuss concerns with a qualified surgery before seeking the procedure.