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Summary: Why would anyone get a revision rhinoplasty procedure? If the first nose job didn’t go well, isn’t that just a bad omen? Shouldn’t you stop then? Well, patients can be unsatisfied with their rhinoplasty results for a wide variety of reasons. In many cases, those reasons are correctable, via surgical and non surgical means.

Why Would Anyone Get a Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure?

Rhinoplasty is a divisive procedure. It tends to produce great results, but it also tends to be accompanied by a long (and sometimes uncomfortable) recovery period. So why would anyone get a revision rhinoplasty procedure? Isn’t that just like going through two separate rhinoplasty surgeries?

Well, yes, and there’s still no guarantee that the results will be exactly what the patient is looking for. That’s just because some types rhinoplasty tend to be slightly unpredictable, mostly on account of how your nose heals. Sometimes the nose heals quickly, but in other cases it can take a while. There’s a lot of natural variability in this process, which can frustrate both surgeons and patients alike.

That’s why revision rhinoplasty exists, and it’s probably why it’s one of the most popular revision procedures among patients. (Popular may not be the best term; perhaps most used is a better fit.) Usually, revision rhinoplasty is used to make small and subtle changes to the nose. For most patients, it’s not completely starting over with a brand new nose or anything like that. That said, much depends on the desires of the patient, so if you have questions about rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty, the best place to find those answers is with your plastic surgeon. This article is intended for entertainment purposes only, not as personalized medical advice.

The Purpose of a Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure

So when we start to think about why anyone would get a revision rhinoplasty procedure in the first place, it’s helpful to discuss the purpose of that revision rhinoplasty procedure. For a wide variety of reasons, plastic surgery is a business and profession that relies on patient satisfaction. A revision rhinoplasty procedure is intended to provide patients with that satisfaction after the initial nose job does not.

Now, that lack of satisfaction could arise for any number of reasons. Sometimes it has to do with the way the nose has healed. In some cases something happened to the nose during the initial recovery that caused healing to occur in a sub-optimal way. In still other cases, the patient’s preferences simply change over time.

Not all of the variables of rhinoplasty surgery can be accurately predicted. Even though a very small percentage of patients decide to undergo a revision procedure, it’s still reassuring for many patients to know that this is an option. After all, many people undergo rhinoplasty so they can stop thinking about their noses! But the nose is complicated. Sometimes what you think you want isn’t actually what’s going to work best for your nose–and it’s only after everything has healed that you realize that.

Revision Rhinoplasty Non Surgical Option

Recovery from rhinoplasty surgery can take up to twelve months. For a variety of reasons, the swelling in the nose after surgery can persist for a long, long time. Your nose is just funny like that. So patients who are unhappy with their rhinoplasty results will have a fair amount of time to consider their next steps.

That’s why many patients elect to undergo something called non surgical revision rhinoplasty. This particular procedure is an offshoot of the non surgical nose job, which uses dermal fillers to alter the overall shape of the nose.

Revision rhinoplasty is a variation on that, only it’s often used as a way of correcting a surgical rhinoplasty procedure. Here’s what happens, basically:

  • A patient will undergo a surgical rhinoplasty procedure
  • Once the healing is complete, the patient will then evaluate the results of that surgical procedure
  • If the patient is or becomes unhappy with the results, the patient can seek out a non surgical revision rhinoplasty
  • A non surgical revision rhinoplasty procedure is used to make slight alterations to the surgical results
  • The results from the non surgical rhinoplasty will wane over time, so if you want to maintain them, you’ll have to schedule regular injections.

Surgical vs. Non Surgical Revision Rhinoplasty

Non surgical revision rhinoplasty is a fantastic option for patients who don’t want to again go through the process of surgery. But there are some drawbacks. First and foremost, only subtle changes to the nose can be made (now, those subtle changes may be quite noticeable, but it’s important to keep in mind).

Second, non surgical procedures can only ever add volume. And that volume will dissipate over time, usually between 18 and 24 months. So maintenance injections will be necessary if you want to keep your results.

But the benefits are also pretty clear. You get your results right away. And there’s no downtime necessary. The cost is also significantly less. So whether a surgical or a non surgical revision rhinoplasty is better will really depend on you as an individual. The best way to get answers is to talk to your local cosmetic or plastic surgeon. Why would anyone get a revision rhinoplasty procedure? Depends on the patient.

References

  • “Revision (Secondary) Rhinoplasty: Are You a Candidate?” Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery, www.yourplasticsurgeryguide.com/rhinoplasty/revision-rhinoplasty.htm.
  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. “Revision Rhinoplasty.” EHR National Symposium, med.stanford.edu/drmost/aesthetic-services/procedures/revision-rhinoplasty.html.
  • “Secondary Rhinoplasty.” Rhinoplastysocietyorg, www.rhinoplastysociety.org/secondary-rhinoplasty/.

About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for nearly twenty years. He is constantly in consultation with surgeons to ensure he’s writing about the latest and most up to date procedures.

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