Revision Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, also known as nasal surgery or a “nose job,” is considered by many to be one of the most intricate and challenging surgical operations performed today.  This complexity can lead to a number of complications, especially when the procedure is performed by an unqualified medical professional.

Do you have persistent breathing problems after rhinoplasty surgery; dissatisfaction with the size, shape or overall appearance of the nose after rhinoplasty surgery; or new breathing problems after rhinoplasty surgery?

If you are dissatisfied with the result of a rhinoplasty, you have the option of revision rhinoplasty to address issues that have resulted from the original procedure.  Revision, or secondary, rhinoplasty is more complex than primary rhinoplasty.  The nose has more scar tissue and weaker tissues.  Revision rhinoplasty should be performed by a Fellowship-trained Facial Plastic Surgeon who is trained in revision procedures.    

I recommend waiting at least six months to one year before pursuing secondary rhinoplasty. This should be enough time for postoperative swelling to fully subside, after which time you will be able to see if your expectations were met by the original procedure.  In rhinoplasty, we do not consider the final result to be until one year after the procedure. 

If you have specific questions about your nose and/or rhinoplasty, please call our office for a consultation!    

Kaete Archer, MD Facial Plastic Surgeon

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