Understanding Revision Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one part surgery and one part art. When a surgeon works on a patient’s nose, there are any number of procedures he can try to straighten the nose, to make it wider or more narrow. The surgeon can scrape off bone or break it and completely reshape the nose as necessary. This means that the typical patient isn’t always able to decide exactly what she wants her nose to look like prior to the surgery.


The first procedure for rhinoplasty is a bit of gamble for most patients. Even the most skilled doctor can’t create a nose that appears to have come from a mold. There is a chance that the rhinoplasty created may not appear exactly the way the patient anticipated. Surgeons are often hesitant to make changes that are too dramatic – preferring instead to make smaller changes to play down elements that are less attractive. Working small gives surgeons greater control of the surgery, but it can lead to some surprise for patients who were hoping for a result that was decidedly more dramatic.

Revision Rhinoplasty

For patients who are unsatisfied with the effect of the surgery, many surgeons offer a follow-up surgery where additional changes can be performed as a means of fine-tuning the results. Patients are discouraged from having many surgeries on the nose as this is a small area, but as many as fifteen percent of patients who have sought a nose job have gone on to have a revision rhinoplasty to further develop the look they seek.

Patients who go into rhinoplasty with a realistic expectation for results are far more likely to have a satisfactory outcome than those who are anticipating an entirely new face or a hugely dramatic change. However that bit of mystery and gamble that comes with a rhinoplasty can often inspire patients who were open minded going into the surgery to improve their looks even more.