Not everyone is pleased with the results of their first nose job. This dissatisfaction could be due to:
- Results aren’t what you expected
- Original surgeon was inexperienced/too aggressive
- Complications developed after initial surgery
The two main reasons people opt for revision rhinoplasty are because the surgeon was overly aggressive, or the results were far from what was promised. A recent study found that around 15% of rhinoplasty patients are dissatisfied with the results from their first operation. An interesting finding from this study indicated that young people tend to be less satisfied with the results than older people.
What is revision rhinoplasty and what does it fix?
Revision Rhinoplasty, also referred to as “second rhinoplasty”, is the term used to describe any rhinoplasty performed subsequent to one’s primary or initial rhinoplasty. Revisions can address problems in either form or function.
Most revision procedures are done to correct the excessive reduction of the nasal bridge, asymmetry of the nasal tip, as well as poorly placed implant materials. It fixes the contours, shape, and functionality of the nose. In most cases, the revision surgery revolves around the surgeon performing various tweaks and minor corrections to augment and fine tune the results of the initial surgery.
Why get revision rhinoplasty?
For many people, the results of the first surgery appear quite normal and acceptable. The problem is that inexperienced surgeons will achieve these results at the cost of weakening the nasal support structure. As time goes by, the nose will continue to change shape – long after the nose has appeared to heal up fully.
Much like a heavy building with a weak foundation, if the nasal structural support systems were damaged or weakened during the initial surgery, scar formation and unsightly irregularities will form. The average revision rhinoplasty patient will start to become dissatisfied a few months to a few years after the initial procedure.
The revision rhinoplasty procedure
Depending on your goals, revision rhinoplasty is an in-office procedure performed under local anesthetic, or alternatively can be a multiple hour procedure that requires the use of cartilage grafts harvested from your septum, ear, or rib. Occasionally, a revision can be performed just a few months after your first surgery, but most often a full year of healing is necessary before your nose can be operated upon again.
Rhinoplasty has been labeled one of the more challenging aspects of plastic surgery. This is why it’s critical that you select a surgeon who not only specializes in revision rhinoplasty but has been doing it for a very long time. At Baltimore Center, Dr. Capone is one of the leading revision rhinoplasty surgeons in this country – he not only performs surgery but is a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Revision rhinoplasty involves extensive pre and post-op procedures. For starters, it’s highly recommended that you wait until your nose is fully healed from the original surgery. While you may be eager to get the procedure underway, it’s important that you listen to the advice of your new surgeon and not become impatient.
The timeline for healing from your second rhinoplasty will most likely vary from your original procedure. Many people report that the second procedure is nowhere near as painful as the first. Depending on the amount of work needing to be done, bruising may be less than before as well. It can take upwards of 1 year to fully and completely heal from a second rhinoplasty procedure.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of the procedure will vary from patient to patient. This is due to the amount of work that the surgeon will need to perform. It’s impossible to give an accurate ballpark figure until the surgeon examines your nose and learns what you would like him to fix.
Since Dr. Capone is a recognized nose expert, The Baltimore Center is a destination for revision rhinoplasty patients. His experience is not diluted by doing breast augmentation or tummy tucks because he is focused on faces. Through experience, meticulous examination, and a keen aesthetic eye, Dr. Capone will answer your questions about revision rhinoplasty and help you regain confidence. He will help determine what will be necessary for you to achieve realistic goals, as well as the proper timing for when to undergo your plastic surgery.
Dr. C gave me a beautiful nose! I’m glad that I chose to go to him. He is very friendly, supportive, and does amazing work. I recommend Dr. C to everyone. He really does a great job! -JK34DS
Regardless of the reasons why, the good news is that it is possible to fix your nose if you undergo a second surgery. It’s important that you select your surgeon based on their expertise level. Otherwise you’ll wind up in the same exact spot you’re in now.
At the Baltimore Center, Dr. Capone has dedicated his entire practice to rhinoplasty. This is where you need to come if you want your nose job to permanently be fixed.