Are you unhappy with your rhinoplasty results? We wish we could tell you that everyone is happy after plastic surgery, but the reality is, sometimes things go wrong. To avoid these mishaps, we recommend choosing your rhinoplasty surgeon carefully and working closely with them to establish goals for the procedure. This can dramatically reduce your chances of revision rhinoplasty down the road. If you do need revision surgery after rhinoplasty, call our offices to schedule a consultation with one of Durham’s top plastic surgeons or keep reading for answers to common questions about revision rhinoplasty.
What Is Revision Rhinoplasty?
If you’ve had a previous rhinoplasty and want to modify the results, you need revision rhinoplasty. Revision rhinoplasty is the term used for any rhinoplasty other than a first-time procedure. It is used to correct structural, functional, and aesthetic issues that remain after or were created by a previous rhinoplasty.
What Are the Top Reasons for Revision Rhinoplasty?
If you choose your rhinoplasty surgeon carefully and clearly communicate your goals for surgery before the procedure, your chances of revision surgery are much lower. Top reasons for revision rhinoplasty include:
- Breathing Difficulties– If it isn’t done properly, rhinoplasty can create breathing problems and airway obstructions. These breathing difficulties can lead to uncomfortable symptoms including noisy breathing, snoring, difficulty breathing through the nose, frequent headaches, recurrent sinus infections, etc. If you have signs of a breathing obstruction after a rhinoplasty, come see us.
- Unhappy with Aesthetic Results– Many patients choose a second rhinoplasty because they are unhappy with the results from their initial one. The new nose may be too big or too small, too thick or too thin. Clear communication of your goals for surgery can increase satisfaction after surgery. Rhinoplasty is an art form and it is important for both patient and surgeon to share a common goal for surgery. If your rhinoplasty was recent, give it time. After the swelling goes down, you may find your results are exactly what you were hoping for. If it has been a year or more and you’re still unhappy, come see us.
Am I a Good Candidate for Revision Rhinoplasty?
If you were a candidate for a first-time rhinoplasty, you may be a good candidate for revision surgery, provided you remain in good health. Men and women that have realistic expectations for surgery, are in good health, and are unhappy with previous rhinoplasty results may be good candidates for revision surgery. Come see us and we’ll help you decide if revision surgery is right for you.
Is Revision Rhinoplasty More Difficult than a First-Time Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is always a complex, delicate procedure, and revision surgery is usually even more complicated. Scar tissue can develop after a first-time surgery, complicating the process. Structural problems resulting from a botched rhinoplasty can also make revision surgery challenging. If you have problems from a previous rhinoplasty, your choice of surgeon is critical for a successful procedure. Choose an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon that has extensive experience performing revision surgeries.
How Long Should I Wait Before Scheduling a Revision Rhinoplasty Consultation?
Healing from a plastic surgery takes time. It can take up to a year for your nose to fully heal after rhinoplasty, although you’ll look and feel better much sooner. We generally recommend waiting at least a year after rhinoplasty before scheduling a revision surgery. If breathing problems are severe, we may be able to do revision surgery sooner.
What Is Recovery Like After Revision Rhinoplasty?
Recovery after revision rhinoplasty is similar to recovery after an initial rhinoplasty. Some patients find that recovery is shorter and easier for revision surgery. You’ll need someone to take you home after surgery and to help care for you. Most patients take a week off from work and about 4-6 weeks off from exercise and strenuous activities.
How Do I Choose a Surgeon for My Revision Rhinoplasty?
Get your rhinoplasty right the second time around! If you’ve had problems after an initial rhinoplasty, come see Dr. Coan, a top rhinoplasty surgeon in the Triangle area. He is double-board certified and has extensive rhinoplasty experience. If you aren’t in the area and can’t come to CARE Plastic Surgery, look for a plastic surgeon with the following characteristics:
- Experienced plastic surgeon
- Extensive rhinoplasty experience
- Board certification
Patient reviews and testimonials are a valuable tool for evaluating patient satisfaction. Also look at before and after photos to get a better idea of the type of results you can expect from your rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty becomes more difficult with each subsequent surgery. Choose your surgeon carefully and get the results you deserve.
Schedule your revision rhinoplasty consultation at CARE Plastic Surgery today.