When you decided to have rhinoplasty, or nose shaping surgery, you most likely spent a good amount of time picking out your surgeon, describing what you wanted to have happen to your nose and weighing the pros and cons of the procedure. Even if you were incredibly careful, had the most realistic expectations and chose a top surgeon to perform the rhinoplasty, you might find that you need a second procedure.
A revision rhinoplasty is often performed to correct or adjust the results of the first surgery. It may be performed for a number of reasons.
As you did when getting ready for your initial nose surgery, it’s important to take your time when preparing for a revision surgery and to make sure you’ve chosen the right surgeon and that your reasons for wanting the surgery are clear.
You Don’t Like the Results of the First Surgery
One of the major reasons for wanting a secondary or revision rhinoplasty is that you’re unhappy with the results of your first surgery. There are several reasons why you might not like your initial results. If you and your first surgeon weren’t on the same page when it came to what you could expect, you might have thought that your nose would look one way when, in reality, it looks completely different.
In some cases, you might be dissatisfied with the results of your surgery because of a lack of skill on the surgeon’s part or because of a mistake made by the surgeon during the procedure. Rhinoplasty is known to be one of the most complicated plastic surgeries, meaning that a surgeon who is less than skillful might not be able to perform the procedure as well as you had hoped.
You’ve Been Injured
In some cases, a patient is completely happy with the results of the rhinoplasty surgery. But if a car accident or other incident occurs, the nose can be injured and the results of the first surgery affected. Unfortunately, having nose surgery doesn’t offer adequate protection to the nose. It can still be disfigured by a sharp blow or being knocked. In the case of injury, a revision surgery can restore the nose to its previous state.
You’re Having Trouble Breathing
Primary rhinoplasty may not have given you the results you hoped for when it came to the way your nose functions, not just the way it looks. Your nose might look amazing after the procedure. But, if you are struggling to breathe through it, you’ll most likely want a second procedure so that you can have a nose that looks great and functions as it should.
There are a few ways that the function of your nose can be impacted by rhinoplasty. Too much scar tissue might form as the nose heals, blocking the airway on one side. Although in many cases, the surgery is performed to correct a deviated septum, it is possible for you to end up with a deviated septum after the procedure.
What to Expect
In many ways, revision rhinoplasty is similar to primary rhinoplasty. But, it’s also different in a few ways. The surgery is often more complicated than a primary procedure, as there can be more scar tissue that the surgeon needs to work around and less overall nasal tissue to work with.
Often, the surgery itself takes several hours to perform. Recovery from it can take about a week and you’ll most likely be told to put off vigorous physical activity for a few more weeks after the procedure. It’s worth noting that bruising, swelling and discomfort tends to be less pronounced after a revision rhinoplasty. No matter how your nose feels, it’s a good idea to follow your surgeon’s instructions exactly.
Choose your surgeon for the revision procedure with care. You want a doctor who is experienced with both primary and revision procedures, such as Dr. Michael Schwartz, a double board certified facial plastic surgeon with more than two decades of experience. Dr. Schwartz is committed to giving patients the nose they want and the nose the works best on their face. To schedule a consultation at his West Palm Beach, Florida practice, call 561-228-5888.