Rhinoplasty is one of the more complicated and delicate of facial plastic surgeries, requiring the utmost skill and experience from its surgeons. It has a very high success rate among its patients and the results are meant to last a lifetime. Yet there are some patients who find themselves considering a second surgery to reshape and refine the nasal structure. There are many different reasons to have revision rhinoplasty — perhaps just as many reasons as there are to have a primary surgery — but three reasons emerge again and again.
If Your Results Disappoint…
Every rhinoplasty patient and his or her facial plastic surgeon plan for the best results. Still, a disappointing result can happen when a patient’s expectations were misguided before surgery. If you were expecting to see larger scale changes that weren’t physically possible with your nasal structure, you might not like the nose you see after the bandages come off. Similarly, if you and your facial plastic surgeon weren’t communicating well, the results you have in mind might be way off base compared to reality. In other cases, a facial plastic surgeon might lack the skill or know-how to create that ideal nose you’ve had in mind. Mistakes, while rare, do happen and your results might have left you feeling a little let down in the past.
A second rhinoplasty procedure is often sought under such circumstances as a second chance at reaching those optimum results. Typically, such patients will turn to a second facial plastic surgeon to do what the first could not, so they will carefully choose a surgeon with high satisfaction rates for revision rhinoplasty procedures, like those that Dr. Andrew Frankel is able to provide his patients through second-time-around nasal surgeries.
If Your Surgery Led to Complications…
The nose is one of the most delicate and intricate areas of the entire human body, which means that only the most experienced and skilled facial plastic surgeons should ever be chosen to perform any rhinoplasty procedure. When surgeries like this are planned hastily or with a less-skilled surgeon, post-surgical complications may result that require a second trip to the operating table. Some of these unwanted side effects can include:
- Bumps or depressions along the bridge of the nose
- Excessive scar tissue growth
- A deviated septum
- A collapsed nasal valve
- Breathing or sinus difficulties
If your first rhinoplasty surgery affected the functionality of your nose, a revision rhinoplasty must be scheduled to repair the damage or correct the issue. Choose your facial plastic surgeon wisely to help you plan the quick, safe, and effective surgery you’ll require to achieve a nose that is both cosmetically pleasing and fully functional.
If You Have a Post-Surgical Nasal Injury…
Even the most perfect of rhinoplasty results can be ruined in the blink of an eye by facial trauma and nasal injury. Your nose won’t be any more or less vulnerable following surgery, so you take precautions against such damage any time you play contact sports or engage in activities where facial injury is likely. Patients seek primary rhinoplasty to repair injuries all the time. The same can happen just as easily to post-surgical rhinoplasty patients as well.
In this case, a revisit to your first facial plastic surgeon might be a smart choice, provided he or she is experienced with revision rhinoplasty and confident that your first results can be achieved for a second time. Occasionally, a patient may turn to a facial plastic surgeon who has a higher degree of skill for trauma repair and revision rhinoplasty.
Where to Learn More About Revision Rhinoplasty
To learn more about the revision rhinoplasty procedure, plan your initial consultation now with a facial plastic surgeon who can help you to achieve your best results. Dr. Andrew Frankel is board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (Ear Nose and Throat), and has been recognized for his original research regarding vasculature to the nose and rhinoplasty’s effect on it. Schedule your appointment today with a world-renowned facial plastic surgeon to guarantee your best rhinoplasty results. Contact Dr. Frankel’s office, located at 201 Lasky Drive in Beverly Hills, California, by calling (310) 552-2173.