3 Goals of Revision Rhinoplasty

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I am often sought out by patients who have had disappointments with rhinoplasty procedures performed elsewhere by other surgeons. Rhinoplasty is often regarded as one of the most challenging cosmetic procedures a plastic surgeon can perform. Revision rhinoplasty, or a second procedure to correct the initial nose surgery, can be even more technically complex. After a disappointing first surgery, it is only normal to have high hopes for your second rhinoplasty. As a surgeon, I encourage my patients to focus on three main goals for their revision rhinoplasty.

1. Improved Aesthetics

The primary reason why patients consider revision nose surgery is that they are unhappy with the way their new nose looks. Whether you see too much correction, too little, or there are other aesthetic concerns that you feel detract from your appearance, revision rhinoplasty can help. Even very minor adjustments to the nose shape and profile can have a positive impact on your appearance.

2. Improved Function

Sometimes an initial nose surgery may fail to improve an existing sinus problem, or there may be new concerns with compromised airflow due to structural changes that occurred during your first procedure. Revision rhinoplasty can be performed to improve the functional aspects of your nose, even if you’re otherwise satisfied with the results of your earlier nose surgery.

3. Realistic Expectations

The saying that the goal is for “improvement, not perfection” is a common one among plastic surgeons, particularly those who specialize in revision surgeries. One of the reasons why revision rhinoplasty requires such a high level of technical expertise is because your surgeon may be facing limitations such as existing scar tissue, reduced cartilage structure or other factors. It’s important to understand that the true goal of revision rhinoplasty is to improve upon an earlier surgery so you feel more positive about your final results.