Choosing A Revision Surgeon
Choosing a Surgeon for Revision Nose Surgery
Revision rhinoplasty is a more complex procedure than primary rhinoplasty. Not all rhinoplasty surgeons are revision rhinoplasty experts. It takes many years of specialized training and experience to become skilled in revision rhinoplasty.
Revision rhinoplasty is the correction or alteration of the nose after a previous rhinoplasty surgery. It is performed on 5-12% of patients who have had rhinoplasty before. With every surgery, the procedure becomes more complicated since structures within the nose have already been altered. Revision rhinoplasty experts are capable of creating excellent results during secondary rhinoplasty surgeries.
Revision rhinoplasty may be necessary when the previous surgeon did not account for anatomical or functional abnormalities of the patient’s nose that will impact the results of surgery. A revision nasal surgeon has the difficult job of assessing what the previous surgeon did or did not do, and deciding what can be done to improve the nose. A pre-operative evaluation by the surgeon will enable him or her to identify any abnormalities and design a surgery plan that addresses them, as well as generate a plan to reshape the nose.
Some nose jobs must be revised because the previous surgeon was overly aggressive. Small changes can have a dramatic effect on the nose and the patient’s overall appearance. Today, rhinoplasty surgeons are taught to take the “less is more” approach to cartilage removal and repositioning so the nose does not look surgically altered. Surgeons should continue training throughout their careers to stay informed of the latest techniques. If a more aggressive technique was used, revision rhinoplasty experts can often use more advanced methods to restore structure to the nose and provide the patient with a more natural appearance.
How Do I Know I Need A Revision Rhinoplasty?
Issues warranting revision rhinoplasty may include pinched nostrils, a progressive nasal obstruction, scar contracture during the healing process, or the results of aggressive surgery. Every patient heals differently. As a result, a revision may be necessary even when the surgeon performed the first surgery correctly.
Every revision rhinoplasty surgery changes the nose more and more. It is not recommended to have more than two to three rhinoplasty procedures. After that point, the results are unlikely to improve and the procedure becomes far more complicated and risky, even for revision rhinoplasty experts.
Dr. Nassif and Dr. Yoo are revision rhinoplasty experts with many years of experience repeating rhinoplasty for a variety of reasons. They perform a nasal evaluation before every surgery and take photographs to help design a surgery plan for each patient. They use the latest techniques and tools to improve the appearance and function of the nose.