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What Is a Revision Rhinoplasty?

Revision rhinoplasty, is exactly what it sounds like: a second rhinoplasty operation (more generally known as a nose job) to repair or modify a previous procedure that didn’t go as planned. The nose is a delicate balance of shape and function and those two things are sometimes in opposition with each other. It’s critical to maintain patient communication.

Cosmetic failure (the nose looking different than desired or even worse than before the treatment) or functional failure (the nose looking different than desired or even worse than before the procedure) are both possible outcomes of rhinoplasty (compromised nasal airflow or internal disruption). Revision rhinoplasty can take numerous forms, some of which are quite simple to correct and others that are extremely difficult.

It’s crucial to remember that unsuccessful rhinoplasty isn’t necessarily the fault of the plastic surgeon. Outside influences are constantly present.

Because cartilage has a memory, there’s always the possibility that a nose will revert to its original shape over time. Another non-surgeon-related concern is external valve collapse, which occurs when the tip cartilages collapse after surgery, resulting in nasal blockage. The anatomy of the nose is quite intricate. Regardless of faults, a revision rhinoplasty can be a fantastic way to address residual concerns, depending on your objectives.

The most crucial component in a revision rhinoplasty is realistic goal-setting. The patient’s sensibility is crucial to the procedure’s success. That impatience speaks if someone is trying to switch surgeons soon after their initial surgery. Being a good candidate and, as a result, having a successful outcome lies almost as much inside the patient’s head as it does outside the patient’s nose.

On a more basic level, optimal candidates should be one to two years post-op to ensure that the problem isn’t caused by swelling or is only transitory. It’s also worth noting that all of the hazards associated with rhinoplasty apply as, if not more, to revision rhinoplasty. Patients may notice additional scarring, a worsening of their previous disease, or a failure to resolve the problem they were trying to resolve. Both experts emphasize that patients should be aware of these dangers before undergoing surgery.

Revision Rhinoplasty’s Advantages

When it comes to revision rhinoplasty, there are no certainties about clinical outcomes.Both experts agree that patients should weigh the benefits and hazards before making their judgments. While no revision rhinoplasty can ensure that all concerns will be resolved, the following are the main goals and benefits assuming all goes according to plan: Revision rhinoplasty operations can repair abnormalities that are caused by a lack of structure or medical issues.

Maximum nasal function: A beautiful nose is meaningless if it does not operate properly. The most important benefit of revision rhinoplasty is frequently improved nasal function. Compromised function could be the result of a previous nose job, or it could be natural and overlooked during the initial operation.

Improved appearance: It’s disheartening when your nose operation doesn’t turn out the way you expected it to after thousands of dollars and a long recuperation. For many people, revision rhinoplasty is a way to get closer to their cosmetic goals.

A successful rhinoplasty, silences our inner critic, at least when it comes to our nose. If an initial rhinoplasty fails to eliminate the voice, and the physician is skilled and believes the patient and his or her nose are appropriate, a second procedure may be necessary.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that perfection is impossible to achieve. The goal of a revision rhinoplasty isn’t to improve on an existing effective procedure. It’s corrective, which implies that due to issues with past rhinoplasty treatments, the desired results may not be feasible. It’s crucial to keep expectations in check. Find out the cost of rhinoplasty.

Secondary rhinoplasties are more difficult than first rhinoplasties. A good rhinoplasty candidate should have a nose, not be their nose. If your identity is so entwined with your nose that the only potential outcome is perfect, you were never a suitable candidate for rhinoplasty in the first place and should consider twice before undergoing a subsequent treatment.

More more information about revision rhinoplasty contact Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr William Portuese of The Seattle Facial Plastic Surgery Center.

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