How Long After Revision Rhinoplasty Can I Have Another Revision?

My first operation was done in 2008 and my last Rhinoplasty revision, which I had done this year, wasn't very major, just removal of scar tissue and re-touching the tip. How long after this surgery can I have another revision?


Doctor Answers 13

Revision Rhinoplasty

I would suggest waiting at least a year prior to any revision surgery on your nose. In situations where the cartilage and/or bone is clearly displaced following rhinoplastic surgery, revision work may proceed sooner that this. The reason for your first revision was for scar tissue. Removal of scar tissue is relatively unpredictable and waiting at least a year will let your nose heal to a more settled point in the overall healing process. You may even like your final result and will not consider a revision at this point.

Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Revision Rhinoplasty

Hi Freya, Contrary to most views, I believe revision rhinoplasty can be done soon after the initial surgery. I have performed revisions as soon as 2 months after the first surgery with good results. That being said, there are certain cases where is is best to wait 6 months to a year for swelling to resolve. Swelling, especially in the tip area, can take up to a year to resolve. However, if there are issues not related to swelling, then revision can be performed soon after the initial surgery My view is that it is better to revise non-swelling realted issues before scar tissue sets in which can start within 6 weeks of the initial surgery. The most important question to answer is: what are you seeking in a revision rhinoplasty. Best of Luck!

Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Technically there is no time limit

It depends on what needs to be revised. Most things after rhinoplasty settle down with time as the reduction in swelling occurs. Anything subtle that may be bothering a patient I would wait for 6-12 months to ensure that it is not just from swelling. If there is something very obvious that is wrong and is not going to correct itself it can be revised sooner. For example if a patient with a recent rhinoplasty broke their nose again, I would wait at least 2-3 months and then proceed. If you have very small things that you would like corrected, utilizing hyaluronic acid fillers may also be an option.

Samson Lee, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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The bigger question is "why are you already looking for yet another revision?"

Revisions shouldnt be done sooner than roughly a year apart but more importantly why was the last revision not adequate to address all your concerns? Take a few steps back and re evaluate your nose and your plans and your goals before you head down the slippery slope of revision after revision. Then make sure you find a skilled Rhinoplasty Specialist to get it all done in one shot.

Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How long after revision rhinoplasty can I have another revision?

  It is a good idea to wait at least one year before undergoing any revision nasal surgery especially in the tip. When performing a revision, you want to make sure that the nose is fully healed  and is not changing any further. For many examples of rhinoplasty, please see the link below

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Wait one year for revision rhinoplasty if tip work was done


There will still be swelling after the procedure, and it is best to wait one year to perform any other revision work, especially if tip work was done. Hope this helps answer your question.

Dr. Nassif

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Wait one year after revision Rhinoplasty for another revision

I agree with my colleagues above, that the usual recommendation is one year. the nose changes for a least a year after surgery (actually for two to three years). Usually, the nose gets smaller and revision rhinoplasty may not be necessary. There are a few instances where revision surgery can and should be done more quickly than one year, but this is uncommon.

Lane Smith, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Revision rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty should definitely wait at least 1 year after a previous rhinoplasty. The tissues need to soften and the swelling needs to come down. 

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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How long after revision rhinoplasty can I have another revision?

I TOTALLY agree with Dr. Naderi.

Ideally one should have but one rhinoplasty. Unfortunately, a certain percentage of people require a revision rhinoplasty to address issues the original operation did not address well OR correct issues related to the first operation. A minimum 8-12 months need to be spaced between operation to allow swelling to subside and scarring to mature.

From you response it is not clear WHY you had your revision NOR why everything was not addressed at that time.

Put the brakes on.

Instead of thinking :"How long my 2009 revision rhinoplasty can I have another revision? " - stop and think your plans over. Otherwise you will end up having yet another "revision" , followed by another "revision",followed by another "revision",followed by another "revision"...each looking worse than the first operation result.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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For most patients I suggest at least a year before revision rhinoplasty

This is the usual amount of time to wait before a revision rhinoplasty. This is for a number of reasons: 1. Scar tissue needs to soften 2. The nose heals for at least a year so you want to make sure most healing has taken place 3. Other areas that may need revision my become evident much later as the swelling goes down, so it can hopefully reduce the number of revisions 4. A the nose heals, areas the may seem too large may reduce in size, asymmetries may be from swelling 5, As the swelling goes down things may warp or appear to warp since the swelling may camouflage asymmetries.

It also seems that you have had a number of procedures. Especially for revision rhinoplasty, it is important to seek out a revision specialist.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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