People have many reasons for undergoing rhinoplasty. Whatever the reason, everyone wants to be happy with the results of this procedure. But what happens if your rhinoplasty procedure has left you disappointed, embarrassed, or feeling insecure about the appearance of your nose? For such cases, revision rhinoplasty may be the only solution. If you're unhappy with your rhinoplasty and think you may need a secondary procedure, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Los Angeles facial plastic surgeon Geoffrey R. Keyes.
What Is Revision Rhinoplasty
Revision, or secondary, rhinoplasty is performed to correct a prior rhinoplasty procedure. When the results of initial rhinoplasty are unsatisfactory, whether due to appearance or functionality, revision rhinoplasty is often the only option to repair any damage. There are two types of revision rhinoplasty: the open or closed technique. The type that is performed depends on the extent of revision required. Because bone, cartilage, and skin tissues have been removed during the initial rhinoplasty procedure, revision rhinoplasty can prove more challenging. Some revisions will require bone or cartilage grafting.
Reasons for Revision Rhinoplasty
There are many reasons revision rhinoplasty may be needed. The most common is disappointment with the initial rhinoplasty. A patient may be unhappy with their nose after because the nose is too small or still too big, the shape may be asymmetrical or the nose looks crooked. Sometimes rhinoplasty interferes with the functionality of the nose, making breathing through the nose difficult. Possible reasons for revision rhinoplasty include:
- Unhappy with the results of initial rhinoplasty
- Poorly executed rhinoplasty
- Asymmetrical looking nose
- Impaired nose function including difficulty breathing or having a continual “stuffy” feeling
Candidates for Revision Rhinoplasty
Revision rhinoplasty may be necessary when the final results of a primary rhinoplasty procedure do not meet expectations. Candidates for revision rhinoplasty should in good general health and be unhappy with the results of their initial rhinoplasty. Revision rhinoplasty patients must wait at least a year after their first procedure before undergoing any secondary surgery. It is necessary to wait a year in order for the nose to fully heal and for the full results of the first rhinoplasty to be realized.
Scar tissue may develop as a result of rhinoplasty. This scar tissue tends to soften over time, yet another reason why possible secondary rhinoplasty candidates must wait a year before undergoing additional treatment. In the event the scar tissue remains hardened, revision rhinoplasty may prove more difficult.
Another reason for revision rhinoplasty is decreased nose functionality. Some people have difficulty breathing through their nose following rhinoplasty. Revision rhinoplasty may be able to repair this.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you're in Los Angeles, rhinoplasty surgeon Geoffrey Keyes can perform revision rhinoplasty. We welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Keyes today. You deserve to be happy with your appearance. Let Dr. Keyes evaluate the appearance and function of the nose so he can develop a rhinoplasty treatment plan that will produce beautiful results and leave you feeling more confident about your appearance.