Steps to a Successful Nose Job – Getting the best results from a Revision Rhinoplasty
A Rhinoplasty or Nose Job is once of the most difficult surgical procedures which separate the best surgeons from the average ones. It’s one of the most technically demanding and most sought after procedures in the history of plastic surgery. Due to its complexity, which often covers both the functionality and the appearance of the nose, surgeons can work for years on mastering rhinoplasty surgery.
However, a lot of patients turn to a revision procedure after the initial rhinoplasty due to unsatisfying results. That’s why it is important to choose the right surgeon in the first place, and if you are already at the point to look for the revision, the right surgeon to carry it out.
At our Plastic Surgery clinics in Australia, we have several peer-respected and highly experienced plastic surgeons and an ENT Surgeon who are experts in rhinoplasty and nose revision surgery. With a great deal of training and experience, our plastic surgeons customize every surgery for each patient to meet their needs and provide the desired outcome.
Why Is Rhinoplasty Revision So Common?
Due to the complexity of rhinoplasty, it is pretty common that people who undergo the procedure aren’t always happy and satisfied with the outcome. Rhinoplasty is one of the procedures with the highest rate of revisions. Research Numbers suggest that maybe 1 to 2 out of 10 patients ends up getting a further revision – an additional nose surgery.
Often, patients who don’t follow the recovery instructions can end up developing issues that can cause aesthetic and functional obstructions. But it’s not always the patient’s fault.
Troubled breathing, the collapse of cartilage, or excessive scarring are just some of the functional issues that can be caused by a lack of surgeons’ knowledge and experience. There is also a psychological factor that causes patients to feel like their results are too far from the natural look they were expecting and that the new nose doesn’t blend in with the rest of the facial features. On the other hand, some expect more dramatic changes and feel that the surgeon could have done more.
What Causes Patients To Ask For Nose Revision?
Miscommunication, in line with a disconnect between the patient’s and surgeon’s expectations and abilities, affects this disappointment in patients. Desires, expectations, and pre-fabricated images in the patient’s mind of a new nose combined with surgeons’ experience, technique, skill, and knowledge create a complex combination that makes rhinoplasty different from routine surgeries that end up with concrete results with a predetermined outcome.
When Should I Start Thinking About Revision?
Rhinoplasty results take time to develop. Your surgeon should let you know that the results you hope for should start showing up after 6-12-18 months after the procedure is conducted. Noticing issues past that timeline is usually a pretty good sign that you should start thinking about revision. The main reasons to contact your surgeon are:
- Irregularities and deformities in the structure of your nose
- Breathing problem that occurred for the first time after the surgery
- Breathing problem that wasn’t fixed
- Unsatisfactory aesthetic outcome
What Can a Revision Rhinoplasty Do For You?
Revision is the correction of previous nose surgery for any of the reasons mentioned above.
As every patient is different and requires a different amount of work during their first rhinoplasty, the same applies for revision procedures. Some patients will need to undergo minor correction that will adjust and polish up the results of the primary rhinoplasty. Through revision, the surgeon can tweak the esthetic appearance of the nose, for example, remove the excess of the tissue that makes the nose look wider, longer, or bigger in general. Also, revisions are often used to improve not just the esthetical characteristics of the nose, but also the functionality since changes in the nose form and shape can cause nasal breathing issues and other functionality-related troubles. Septoplasty is one of the common procedures performed together with rhinoplasty and its revision. The unwanted build-up of scar tissue can also be resolved by revision surgery.
Real Patient Nose Job Before and After
Choosing the best Revision Rhinoplasty Surgeon
As mentioned, Rhinoplasty is one of the most complicated plastic surgery procedures. Therefore, the revision is as equally challenging, and in some cases even more than the primary rhinoplasty. When choosing the right plastic surgeon for the revision, the patient should always keep in mind that the experience, training, and credentials have greater importance than the price tag. Special deals, fixed prices, and big discounts should raise a red flag. Usually, those kinds of procedures lead to another disappointing result and in the end line cost more and produce more stress, pain, take more time, and discomfort than one procedure conducted by the professional and experienced surgeon.
Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist). Dr Stephen Kleid consults in three Melbourne practice locations here at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery in Hawthorn East, St Kilda East and East Melbourne. Dr Kleid has a passion for rhinoplasty and Rhinoplasty Revision.
Dr Richard Sackelariou is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Nose Expert operating in Melbourne and Sydney.
Download Our Guide to Rhinoplasty – Nose Job Surgery
Always Choose a qualified, experienced Expert in Rhinoplasty Revision
Be sure to find out if your surgeon is FRACS qualified and has proven and relevant surgical experience.
Don’t choose someone who studied a different area of medicine as they are unlikely to have the same rigorous surgical training required to become recognized as a Specialist in Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery.
We are an Australia wide Specialist Plastic Surgeons Group, with the appropriate qualifications and members of recognized associations. Look for members of FRACS, ASPS, ASAPS or ISAPS as some of the Qualifications of your Plastic Surgeon. Our Surgeons operate in an accredited hospital, not in the back-room of a clinic.
Proven experience and examples from real patients or recommendations from your friends, family, or GP are available.
The Next Steps – What to do Next
- Visit the FAQs pages and read patient reviews to learn more about your intended procedure.
How to Book your Initial Consultation
- Email us or call on 1300 264 811 to arrange your consultation with Your Surgeon
- A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential
What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- You are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents provided
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.