Anybody had a third revision?!

  • dan66
  • 11 months ago

I am a 47 years old man, and I currently live in Europe. I had my first rhinoplasty done in Iran when I was only 20 (in 1986). The results were extremely satisfactory, and I had 22 years of happy life with that nose;  until 2008 when I decided to do a revision to correct a minor deviation. Five years ago I had a first revision done in Europe which happened to become the worst decision I have ever made in my life. As a result of this surgery, I got a very large so called “poly beak”, and a few other complications. One year later, in 2009, I underwent a third surgery (again in Europe, but with another surgeon).  The poly beak was corrected, but the doctor gave me a nose which does not belong to my face. Things got even worse, and during the last four years I have got a lot of scar tissue.  I haven’t been able to look into the mirror for five years now. I am a very unhappy person, and the shape of my nose has had a major effect on my self-confidence, my private life, and even my career. I am very scared to undergo a third revision, but at the same time I just can’t keep living like this … I am looking for a doctor in the US who can perform a third revision on my nose. Can anybody in this forum help me with that? Have any of you had three revisions? I really appreciate any comments …

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I'm also looking into having my 3rd revision, because my first dr ruined it. I do nothing but cry every time I look at myself in the mirror. I hate taking pics because it reminds me of how bad my nose looks. I am also considering dr Oleh S, but it's hard finding happy patients when it comes to the nose :( I am afraid of ending up with a worst nose! Would love to see pictures of his happy patients.
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I've been reading any info on Dr. Rizk and Dr. Pearlman because I am looking into a lip lift here in NY and not sure which of is the right answer. No one in NY has ever posted a photo or mentioned a surgeon who is good at this like Dr. Heyworth and others on the West Coast. If anyone has any information, I would love to hear from you.
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Hi dan66, I have had 4 done, with 2 doctors. One doctor made it thinner and then I wanted the second to raise the tip and fix the nostrils being crooked. He did that but but a spreader in my nose and made it wider! It looks different and almost worse. It does not have definition anymore. He tried to thin it out but only did very little. So now I am looking into getting one more. It's a very tough decision obviously. If I knew it could just get thinned out I would do it but I am afraid of other problems and it looking bad and different again. Let us know what you decide! I am looking into doctors now for opinions. One doctor told me he wouldn't touch it because I had 4.
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Hi Dan66, I'm sorry about your ordeal. I can relate - I actually just had my third revision in November. My nose was very damaged from my primary rhinoplasty seven years ago, the surgeon removed way too much cartilage and gave me an unnatural and unattractive result. I had two "revisions" to correct the primary but it just looked worse after both. I developed a great deal of scar tissue and a pollybeak deformity. I just wanted my old nose back. I knew I ran the risk of making it even worse with a third revision, which I knew would be my last - regardless of the results. But it was a risk I was personally willing to take because of the toll this whole thing had taken on my confidence. I was more self conscious than ever, and as a grown woman with a life and goals this was taking up way too much space in my brain. I felt guilty and responsible for putting myself in this situation to begin with , and wished I had never touched my nose in the first place. It was upsetting and frustrating to say the least. I consulted with several rhinoplasty specialists in NYC and I decided to go with Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj. None of the surgeons I consulted with - including the one I chose - could really guarantee anything. There is definitely some risk involved with multiple revisions, but again, it was one I was willing to take. And I am so glad I did! I am thrilled with my results. He repaired a significant amount of the damage I came in with, and was able to build a refined tip out of cartilage from my ear. The imperfections I still have are ones I can live with. I feel like I just have a naturally nice looking nose. It was what I wanted all along, it just took me a lot of unnecessary grief to get it. What's most important to me is that I am not insecure about my nose anymore (now I have time to be insecure about other things lol) so again I really have to extend my gratitude to Dr. Slupchynskyj. I hope it all works out for you too. I can relate to what you're going thru and it is not pleasant. But to speak to your original post, yes, it is possible for a third revision to work out. It did for me. Take your time and if you have any questions about my experience feel free to ask. Best of luck to you...hang in there.
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I had 3 successful rhinoplasties but 6 months after the 3rd I got hit in face and broke my nose. My 4th rhinoplasty was a nightmare and I hate my nose, looking for a 5th revision since I don't even look like myself at all anymore.
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Doubledee, I am really sorry that you are having breathing problems, but believe me your nose looks good. Scar tissue generation seems to be the biggest challenge for any revision rhynoplasty surgeon, and the biggest nightmare for the patients. I am in the process of consulting several surgeons, and it seems that nobody can give any guarantees regarding this aspect of the procedure. Question is: how much risk are we willing to take?! As soon as I receive a concrete answer from a surgeon I will let you know.
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Yes please do, I'm consulting with Dr Ghavani and Dr. G in glendale and since my nose might be to be of a risk I'm going to see Dr Hayworth to see maybe a lip lift would give me a softer look. I also explained my story to Dr Frankel and the email said he works with many that have scar tissue but I know he is very costly ... so please keep me updated and I will also update you.
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I'm sorry you've been through so much with your nose. I hope you're able to find a surgeon you trust soon. Here's what some doctors say about finding the right revision rhinoplasty surgeon for you.

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Angiemcc, thanks a lot for the link. Lots of useful information there ... As the community manager, have you ever come across posts/stories about third revisions?!
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Yes, I have, though much less commonly than first or second revisions. If I was a perfectionist I would probably be in line for a second revision now, but I'm not so... :D

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Angiemcc, your nose looks very nice … you definitely don’t need a second revision. ;-) I myself am far from being a perfectionist; I just want my old nose back! :-( I have to admit; it is quite scary that I haven’t managed to find any success stories from people who have undergone third revisions on the Internet! Not even a single one! Discouraging …
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Thanks for your kind words. I'll keep a lookout for you for happy folks who've had third revisions and if I see one I'll send it your way.

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Please add me to this list, especially Asians patients or those with implant removal. I am aware Dr. Sam Rizk, Dr. Steven Pearlman, and Dr. Oleh Slupchinsky use medpor. I was hoping specifically for reviews from Dr. Thomas Romo.
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I'm sorry to bother you--is there a way to easily search the forum for specific questions, specifically about implant removal/replacement? I've decided on two surgeons; I'm frightened of going forward or what to expect.
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