Rhinoplasties, also called nasal reconstruction or nose job, for short, are one of the most difficult cosmetic surgeries to perform. This is because your nose is central to how your overall face looks, so creating a pleasing result requires years of specialized training. In addition, your nose comprises sensitive and precisely aligned tissues that influence how you breathe, speak, and smell. Thus an inexpertly performed rhinoplasty may result in a nose that not only hinders one’s ability to breathe, but affects the appearance in a dramatic way. In this blog post, we’ll explore what to do in the event that you’re unhappy with your rhinoplasty result.
Who to Look For
Because of the skill and expertise required to perform nasal reconstruction, I recommend that you work with a surgeon who specializes in nasal reconstruction. In fact, your revision rhinoplasty will be more difficult to perform than the primary procedure, which explains why few surgeons have the expertise to correct the problems
My training includes Board Certification in two surgical specialties that provide training to perform rhinoplasty. One is Otolaryngology, or Ear, Nose and Throat and the other is Plastic Surgery. For many years I have been teaching rhinoplasty at the UCLA and USC.
As a result, I can confidently offer my services to patients in need of this specialized care.
It’s imperative that for your second-time around, you work with a surgeon who is equally as well qualified.
While many plastic surgeons may say that they can perform your revision surgery, truly bona fide experts are uncommon. Thus your search will require a time commitment and extensive research. Visit the Rhinoplasty Society website, for surgeons specializing in nasal surgery.
To be a member of this society requires an invitation by world experts and demonstration of surgical competence and training.
Consider making appointments with a couple of doctors. During your consultation ask about their qualifications, specialized training, academic work, before and after photos, and how they would address your particular case. There are many more important factors required to evaluate the competency of the doctor, but these are a solid start.
What to Expect
A revision rhinoplasty will require your surgeon to work with scar tissue from the previous procedure. In addition, the degree to which your doctor will have to address prior problems will influence your recovery period. In general, you should expect a recovery period that will take longer the second-time around.
In most cases, swelling will subside in about six months. Although your nose should look good immediately after dressings are removed, in some instances, it can take a a while for the swelling to go away. Furthermore, you may experience more swelling than you did during your initial rhinoplasty, and it may be asymmetrical. In other words, one side is more swollen than the other.
My patients come to me because months and years after their procedures, they’re unhappy with how their noses look and their quality of life has diminished because their noses aren’t performing correctly, or both. I’m proud to have a track record of successfully performing nasal reconstructive surgeries initially done by other doctors. A skilled and ethical plastic surgeon will be honest and clear about the benefits and drawbacks of undergoing your rhinoplasty revision.