Rhinoplasty is a complex and delicate facial plastic surgery that has a high rate of success and satisfied patients. It can be performed as a way to:
- Repair nasal damage
- Change the appearance of the nose
- Improve nasal function
- Or some combination of the items listed above
Rhinoplasty is not a surgery that needs to be updated throughout the years, yet some patients do find themselves in a facial plastic surgeon’s office seeking advice about revision rhinoplasty. There are many different reasons that a patient might seek a revision nasal surgery sometime after their first surgical results have healed.
The Most Common Reason
Unfortunately, disappointing results from a primary rhinoplasty surgery rank among the most common reasons for a revision surgery. These can occur when the patient feels that the facial plastic surgeon was unable to deliver the promised results, either because of his own errors or as a result of a miscommunication.
In some cases, a patient may have an ideal nasal shape in mind that the surgeon misinterprets given the patient’s verbal description. Visual aids, such as pictures or even drawings you do yourself, can help to eliminate these misunderstandings.
Some Other Reasons
The nose is an intricate system of very small, intricate parts, comprised of bone, cartilage, skin, and tissue. Rhinoplasty surgery must be performed with the expert, skilled hand of a board certified facial plastic surgeon. The possibility of errors grows smaller and smaller based on your surgeon’s level of skill, so it’s important to choose a reliable, highly trained professional to perform your rhinoplasty, whether it is a primary or revision procedure.
Mistakes, though rare, can happen during a rhinoplasty surgery. Some of these may involve a change in your nasal function, like breathing problems, sinus congestion, uneven shape, or excessive scar tissue. Other more serious complications do sometimes occur, although these are extremely rare. Talk with your facial plastic surgeon at your rhinoplasty consultation for clear expectations for your surgery and what potential complications you may be at risk for. In the right hands, you can minimize all of these unwanted outcomes.
If you have already undergone a primary rhinoplasty that left you with one of these unwanted side effects, consult with the right facial plastic surgeon to perform a revision rhinoplasty that will set everything right again. Dr. Rubinstein can improve your nasal function and aesthetics following a poor first rhinoplasty surgery.
Take Care Not to Break That New Nose
Sometimes, life gets in the way of your perfect rhinoplasty results. Accidents can happen, even if you go to great lengths to protect your nose following surgery. Of course, there are ways to minimize the risks you expose your new nose to, but it’s impossible to wear a nose cup all day, every day. When your first rhinoplasty results have been ruined by injury or trauma, a secondary rhinoplasty will likely be performed to correct the damage.
Because this has nothing to do with the outcome of your first surgery, which was presumably very satisfactory, many patients in this situation will return to the same facial plastic surgeon for a re-do. Others, however, might seek out a specialized facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience in revision rhinoplasty procedures. This can be a smart choice if you have a lot of damage to repair and you’re hoping to achieve your first results for a second time around. The strategies may be slightly altered in order to achieve this result, but a skilled surgeon will be able to deliver the nose you loved before your injury.
Schedule Your Revision Rhinoplasty Consultation Today
Learn more about rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty surgeries contact Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists. Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein is a facial plastic surgeon that can provide the guidance you need. Please contact us either by email or calling 845-863-1772. Dr. Rubinstein’s practice, Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, has two locations in New York, one in Newburgh and one in Manhattan.
Dr. Rubinstein has been practicing in the Hudson Valley for more than 15 years and specializes in esthetic laser producers, facial plastic surgery, nasal, and sinus disorders. He uniquely combines his medical and surgical expertise to help patients feel better and look better. He holds dual board certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, and is an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.