Revision with Ear Cartilage, removal of silicone, one year post op.

My nose was crooked because my old implant was...

My nose was crooked because my old implant was wrapped around tightly with scar tissue. The tip was protruding. The whole situation made my nose looked very short and the nostrils can be seen from the front view, like a pig nose. 

I came to Dr. Lee and he fixed it. Dr. Lee removed the silicone implant and reconstructed my nose using cartilage from my ears. The operation took about 2-3 hours and I was on total total anesthesia. The recovery time took 12 days (I stayed home for 12 days before returning to work). At first my face was a bit swollen and I was afraid that it would not turn out good. But after 2 weeks the real shape showed and I am now totally happy with the outcome. I can't thank Dr. Lee enough for his skills. This is the perfect nose for me and I hope this is the one I will grow old with.

Beautiful results! Thank you for sharing on RealSelf. How long was it after surgery that you went out in public?

10 days
Great revision!

Pic of 3 months post op

This pic was taken in May 2013. The nose was 3 months old.

One Year has passed!

It has been about a year since I had my revision. Here is what my nose looks like right now. I am still very happy about it.
do you think perhaps your nose is starting to look like before the revision?
No I don't think so. It looks much better than before. I mean I see that it is still a little crooked but it is better than before the revision.

Before revision

Here are the pictures of my nose before the revision. Taken in January 2013.

This is what it looks like today.

Hi There! I have the exact same issue with my current implant. I had rhinoplasty 18 years ago, and over the years the implant has shifted (is now completely crooked), and is also protruding out the tip :( I'm hoping to get a revision to remove the implant, and reconstruct my nose with my own cartilage as well. Your nose looks very natural! Thanks for sharing, this gives me hope that this issue can be fixed!
Good luck to you. I hope you find a good doctor who can give you a beautiful nose.
Congratulations on your results.


A few people asked me about how long it takes to recover and how many days I took off of work. So I am posting the pictures here for you all to see how it healed each day. I went back to work after day 11.
Your nose looks great. I have a revision next Tuesday and I might need ear cartilage. How has been your ear after the surgery?
Both of my ears look fine. Even my husband forgot that my ears have their cartilage taken out. When I touch my left ear, it feels perfectly normal. My right ear feels s bit softer but I notice it is firmer now than when it was first got cartilage removed. I think my body is building it back.
That's great! happy healing.
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