Open Rhinoplasty 3 Months Ago, when Can I Get Revision to Refine the Tip and Breathing Difficulties?

I had a deviated septum and a hump on the bridge of my nose. The physician was supposed to break my nose but said that it wasn't necessary. After the cast was removed I noticed my nose had bones stick out where my hump was originally. I asked for tip refinement and my tip is extremely bulbous, a sloped profile but its straight w/a slight hump, but most of all I can't breathe at all through my nose anymore. When would be an appropriate time to inform my physician he needs to redo the surgery?

Doctor Answers (5)

When is it time for revision rhinoplasty

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It's a bit early to be having revision surgery. We usally recommend waiting about a year after surgery before doing revision work. The idea is to get a better idea of your baseline result and also allow the tissue planes and scar inside the nose to soften.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Wait at least 12 months before another surgery

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The swelling takes at least a year to go down completely and return to normal. Therefore, it is best to wait 12-18 months to see how the nose turns out before returning to your surgeon. I would also recommend that you seek out the advice of a surgeon with experience in revision rhinoplasty.

Babak Azizzadeh, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Problems after rhinoplasty

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Sounds like you have an open roof deformity, over resection of the dorsum, and no resolution to breathing problems.  I would recommend seeking another opinion from a board certified plastic surgeon with experience with revision rhinoplasty. 

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Revision of nose

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At three months it is a bit early to undergo a revision.  You should wait about one year to allow for swelling to dissipate.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Revision 3 Months Following Open hinoplasty

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We recommend that patients wait about 1 year to determine the final appearance after healing before a revision rhinoplasty. I think that time is especially necessary in a patient like you who unfortunately has many complaints and apparent problems.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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