Revision Rhinoplasty

Everything You Need to Know About Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty is a secondary cosmetic surgery that aims to revise and improve the results of a patient’s initial rhinoplasty. If a patient dislikes the result of their first rhinoplasty due to the surgeon’s inadequate technique, poor healing, or structural issues, they may have the option of undergoing another rhinoplasty to get the desired result.

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Rhinoplasty Revision: A Second Chance for Beauty

Rhinoplasty is a highly personalized, delicate procedure in which the most minor changes can yield transformative results. Nose surgery can completely change the patient’s face—for better or worse.

Because an initial rhinoplasty is so nuanced, the unfortunate truth is that it can go wrong. If you’ve undergone a primary rhinoplasty only to dislike your results, don’t worry. There’s still hope with revision rhinoplasty.

What Is Revision Rhinoplasty?

Revision rhinoplasty, sometimes called secondary rhinoplasty, is a subsequent nose surgery that aims to improve the results of the first procedure. Rhinoplasty (the initial surgery) is already regarded as a more challenging cosmetic procedure—a secondary procedure is even more so. 

Your initial rhinoplasty would have required the slightest surgical alterations to reach the aesthetic that you desire: shaving down a millimeter of cartilage or shifting the bone ever so slightly. But even these tiny changes probably altered your entire face’s appearance, symmetry, and profile! 

But when these changes don’t yield the desired results–or your healing process goes awry—you might be left with a nose you did not sign up for. That’s where revision rhinoplasty comes in. 

Who Might Need Revision Rhinoplasty?

There are a few reasons someone may be unhappy with their primary rhinoplasty result:

  • Improper Surgical Technique: Rhinoplasty can be a complex surgery, and if a surgeon does not have enough experience, they may use inadequate techniques that yield unsatisfactory results. Choosing a surgeon with extensive experience performing rhinoplasty–ideally a rhinoplasty specialist–is essential to ensure you receive the best possible outcome.
  • Poor Healing: Rhinoplasty is also tricky for the patient and can have an extensive recovery process. If a patient does not adhere to their surgeon’s aftercare instructions, the healing process can even reverse the procedure’s results. It’s still possible for a patient to follow instructions, yet the nose may still heal inadequately.
  • Structural Concerns: Some patients seek rhinoplasty to fix a structural concern, such as a deviated septum. In this case, rhinoplasty can be both cosmetic and medically necessary, as the procedure can be performed to improve breathing problems. In this case, it’s possible that the initial surgery is unsuccessful at addressing the structural problem, or it can even create a new structural issue.

Depending on the concern (or concerns) that arise after your initial rhinoplasty, your revision surgery may need to be adjusted.

What Is the Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure?

If you are unhappy with the results of your first procedure, the first step is to find a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing secondary rhinoplasties. 

Dr. Jason B. Diamond is a celebrity plastic surgeon specializing in facial rejuvenation, including revision rhinoplasty. During your consultation, Dr. Diamond will examine your nose, listen to your goals and concerns, and create a customized surgical plan to help revise your previous result. 

The revision rhinoplasty procedure will differ for each patient, as your surgeon must adjust the surgical plan to your goals and the condition of your current result. 

For initial rhinoplasties, your surgeon chooses either an open or closed procedure. An open rhinoplasty allows more of the nose to be visible and revised. A closed rhinoplasty is ideal for minor concerns. With revision rhinoplasty, it’s most likely that your surgeon will need to use the open method to provide more visualization and control.

With the care and expertise of a facial specialist like Dr. Diamond, your secondary rhinoplasty can completely transform your face, improve the balance and symmetry of your appearance, and give you the confidence and aesthetic you deserve.

Are You Thinking About Revising Your First Rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills, CA?

If you want to improve the results of your initial rhinoplasty, it can be a troubling and disheartening experience. The best way to ensure an ideal secondary result is to schedule a consultation with a highly qualified expert in the procedure, such as Dr. Diamond. Our team at the Diamond Face Institute is ready to answer any questions about revision rhinoplasty and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Diamond. Call (310) 859-9816 today or fill out our online contact form to get started.