Third Rhinoplasty for Droopy Tip?
- Asked by Anonymous01 in New York, NY
- 4 years ago
I have had two Rhinoplasty surgeries prior. The first one was last year in February (to remove the hump, straighten the nose and septum, and tip refinement), and the second one was 5 months ago for shortening of the nose and rotating the tip. I think I may need to go back because my nose still droops a little. Would this be okay to do, or would this be detrimental to my nose structure, like would it grow weird or have an abnormality?
No, it won't grow wierd.
You need to wait 6-12 months and then it would be best to see an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon. This will give you a second opinion before choosing further surgery.
Tip swelling after revision rhinoplasty usually takes 12-14 months to resolve. This swelling may cause the tip to look like it droops. If the appearance does not meet you expectations after one year, see a surgeon experienced in revision work.
Too much nose surgery, too soon!
More than any other surgery, a little swelling can have a significant effect on the overall look of the nose. More important than the looks for the surgeon is the fact that this swelling will make it hard to perform any revisions in a successful manner. Think of it this way - if your nose is swollen and I treat it while it is still swollen, my correction will be inadequate because my judgement will be based on that swelling as part of your nose. So, when the swelling resolves, the result will not be what I saw in the operating room.
As a surgeon that performs many revision rhinoplasties, I advise patients to wait at least 18 months in between surgeries and sometimes more. My rule of thumb is to feel the tissue on the tip of the nose - when it is soft and pliable - then you are ready for revisions.
So, my advice to you is to wait and see a good surgeon accustomed to treating revision issues.
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