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Revision Rhinoplasty - How Many is Too Many?

I have already had two revision rhinoplasties and think I might need a third? Is that too many?

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No one likes to think about going through surgery and...

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No one likes to think about going through surgery and recovery more than once. At Profiles Beverly Hills, patients who have not been entirely happy with prior cosmetic results often are referred to us seeking revision surgery. This is not to say that many patients are unhappy after surgery…quite the contrary is true.

A great majority of patients are happy with their outcomes and most are not looking for perfection. What is a minor imperfection to some, though, is not so to others. Still fewer patients are left with a more significant deformity.

Conditions that may increase chances for a suboptimal result are:

  • Poor technique or lack of surgical experience
  • An uncommon complication, such as an infection
  • The unpredictability of healing

An honest dialogue between you and your surgeon regarding desires and expectations can go a long way toward avoiding postoperative disappointment. If you have a suboptimal result, it can often be improved upon.

However, you should be aware that the chances for unbridled success must be downgraded slightly in this situation. This is because we are faced with having to revise surgical alterations against a background of scar tissue and distorted or lost anatomy. Scar tissue also tends to build upon itself with each subsequent surgery while normal structures or layers within and below the skin may thin out or atrophy.

Nevertheless, in well-considered cases, we have had numerous successes in third, fourth, or even fifth rhinoplasty revisions. There is no magic number for allowable procedures. We consider each patient on an individual basis. If we believe that a person’s concerns are clear, motivations are honest, and desired improvements are achievable in our hands with acceptable risk, we'll recommend proceeding.

Sometimes, though, things are better left alone, and we will be frank with you in that event. If you have questions about revision surgery, feel free to contact us for a more detailed discussion.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How Many Revisions?

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Revisions are an unfortunate potential in surgery, whether discretionary or necessary.  The number really does depend on what it takes to get the job done and realistic expectations.

Discuss your expectations, goals, risk/benefit and cost/benefit with your surgeon.

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Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Number of revision rhinoplasties

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There is no hard and fast rule regarding the number of revision rhinoplasties. It depends on what is done at each surgery. Obviously a small trim of the alar base is different from a rib catilage graft.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Too many rhinoplasties? Don't ask Michael Jackson

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You need to visit a well established rhinoplasty specialist. There is no magic number for revision rhinoplasty, but as I have said so many times in this forum, please choose your rhinoplasty surgeon most carefully. Unfortunately, many patients spend more time picking out the color of their new car interior than they do on choosing their surgeon.

Your nasal deformity needs to be diagnosed by a specialist with experience who will then share with you the plan for revision. In the Midwest, Dean Toriumi, MD in Chicago; in the south, Jack Gunter, MD, or Russell Kridel, MD in Texas; in the west, Rollin Daniels, MD in California are among the giants in revision rhinoplasty.

Stay away from Michael Jackson's surgeon.

Be well and good luck.
Dr. P

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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revision rhinoplasty how many as too many?

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 It's important for you as the patient to have realistic expectations upon what can and cannot be accomplished with revision rhinoplasty. Remember there is no perfect nose, but as long as there are structural or breathing problems that require additional surgery,  it is acceptable to proceed. Also important to make sure that patient's are in excellent health prior to undergoing another elective cosmetic surgical procedure. It is critically important that you find an expert revision rhinoplasty surgeon who is dedicated a significant portion of their practice to the discipline of rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty

Web reference: http://www.seattlefacial.com/photogallery/rhinoplasty_photos24.html

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

As the number of surgeries increases, so do your risks of complications.

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Hello,

Thanks for your question.  The reality is that it may only take one more surgery to get it right.  The problem is that each surgery makes it harder to reach your goal because of changes in blood supply and increase scar deposition in the nose.   Healing and recovery take much longer in general.  Also because of the scar the nose tends to become more stiff and not feel like your original nose.  Some times it is better to settle but consult an expert in revision rhinoplasty to make sure you aren't being overpromised success.

Good luck,

Dr. Shah

Web reference: http://www.shahrhinoplasty.com

Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

How many is too many revisions

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One revision is too many for some. After a few the nose isn't pliable and fixable anymore. Every case is different. Perfection is the enemy of good.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Revision Rhinoplasty - Each case is different

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There is no definite rule, and each case is different.  The number of revisions will depend on the scope of each surgery, and the condition of the nose. During the consultation process, expectations, goals, risk/benefit and cost/benefit are all factors to be discussed.

West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Number of revision surgeries

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There is no magic number to tell you how many surgeries are too many. I have personally seen patients who had undergone 8 rhinoplasties, and were still seeking a revision! That being said, multiple surgeries can disrupt the blood supply and lead to an increased risk of skin damage. The surgeon has to be very careful with all of these surgeries. 

Fort Lauderdale Facial Plastic Surgeon
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There is no absolute number of rhinoplasties that's too much.

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The bigger question is why you think you may need a third rhinoplasty.  There is no magic number that's too many rhinoplasties.  I have operated on patients that have had 4 and 5 prior rhinoplasties.  The main thing is why do you think you need another surgery.  Can you not breathe?  Are the specific cosmetic concerns that you want addressed?  Next, you need a surgeon that has experience in revision rhinoplasty and performs a complete exam.  It is important to determine if what you want can be accomplished with another surgery.

Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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