When many people decide to have rhinoplasty, they go into the surgery with the assumption that it will be the only procedure they’ll need to correct the size or shape of their nose. While plenty of rhinoplasty patients are completely satisfied with their results, that’s not always the case. For a number of reasons, some people decide that they would like a "do over" when it comes to their nose. In those cases, a revision rhinoplasty procedure can be just what a patient needs.
Why Would You Want a Revision Surgery?
While there are a number of specific reasons why a person would want a second rhinoplasty, there are two main or general reasons. A person might have never been happy with her or his initial results or something might have happened to the nose in the years (or even months) after the first surgery, altering its shape.
A person might end up with a nose he or she is not satisfied with after a primary rhinoplasty for a number of reasons. It could be that the patient saw a surgeon who wasn’t very experienced with the procedure and who wasn’t able to produce the results a patient had wanted. It could also be that a patient wasn’t fully sure of what he or she wanted before the surgery and that he or she finds the new nose somehow not quite right.
The reasons for a revision rhinoplasty that are out of a patient’s control are numerous. For example, a patient might have been involved in a car accident a couple of years after the first surgery and the damage from the accident might have negatively affected the nose’s appearance. A patient might be an athlete whose nose was injured during play, too.
Just as primary rhinoplasties aren’t only performed for appearance sake, it’s also possible for a patient to want a revision because the function of his or her nose is somehow affected after surgery. While rhinoplasty can be performed to fix breathing problems, it’s also possible that, when performed by an unskilled surgeon, the surgery can create breathing or functional problems in the nose, meaning an additional surgery is needed to correct them.
Who Should Perform the Surgery?
Picking a surgeon for a revision rhinoplasty isn’t as simple as finding a name in an online directory and booking an appointment. You want to take your time to find the right doctor. Depending on the reason for your revision, it might be acceptable to see the same doctor again. If you’re considering a revision to correct a nose that has been injured after a primary rhinoplasty, the surgeon who performed your first procedure can be a good pick, but only if he is experienced in performing revision surgeries as well as primary rhinoplasties.
Of course, if you weren’t happy with the results you got for the initial surgeon or if you felt that the surgeon-patient relationship wasn’t what it could have been, finding a new surgeon for your second surgery is probably the better option. When looking for a new surgeon, you’ll want to find out how many revision procedures he’s performed, ask to speak to past patients, and review before and after pictures of patients.
How Long Should You Wait?
Revision rhinoplasty isn’t a procedure that can be performed right after the first surgery. It takes time for the nasal passages to heal and for a final result to be visible. Even if you think you dislike your nose a month after surgery, it’s typically recommended that you wait for about a year, to give the nose time to fully heal and to give any inflammation time to decrease.
Is It a Lot Different from a Primary Rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty can be considerably different from a primary rhinoplasty. The surgeon has to navigate around tissues that have already been operated on, which can make the process somewhat more challenging and is one of the reasons why you want a doctor who is familiar with the procedure.
While the surgeries are different, they also share a lot in common. You can expect the recovery period to be somewhat similar after a revision rhinoplasty as it was after your first surgery. You’ll want to take a week or two off from work and will have to take it easy for another weeks after that. There might be more swelling and bruising after a revision surgery, but that can also vary from patient to patient.
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To learn more about rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty surgeries, contact Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists. Dr. Rubinstein is one of the top facial plastic surgeons in New York and is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is also an active member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery.
Dr. Rubinstein brings to his practice a diverse background and expertise in lasers and cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyes, face, neck. Furthermore, he has been an assistant professor at the very prestigious Columbia – New York Presbyterian Hospital for over 15 years where he has participated in training future surgeons. Dr. Rubinstein has been recognized by his peers as one of the leading trainers for esthetic laser & injectable procedures. He is one of the most sought after physician trainers in the northeast. More information about Dr. Rubinstein can be found at www.yourfacemd.com . To schedule a consultation call 845-863-1772 or email info@YourFaceMD.com.