Crooked Nose After Rhinoplasty - How Soon Can I Get a Revision?

How soon can i get a revision rhinoplasty to correct the crookedness of my nose? 3 weeks before having rhinoplasty i got hit by a ball and it made my nose turn slightly to the right. I was told that it would be corrected during surgery but 6 weeks after rhinoplasty it still looks crooked.

Doctor Answers 7

Revision Rhinoplasty Timing

Hi nancy30-

It would be best to wait 8-12 months before another nose surgery to allow time for all swelling to subside and the tissues to heal properly. The surgeon will also be better able to evaluate the nose and plan accordingly. Being patient will the likelihood of a successful second surgery.


Tom Kaniff

Sacramento Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Crooked nose after rhinoplasty

As frequently stated it is a good idea to wait before most revisions - in cases of severe deviation I have done early revision surgery

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 221 reviews

Depends on why it is not strait

the nose is a complex 3 dimensional structure with forces acting both inside(septum) and outside(bone/cartilage/nasal tip)  timing depends on which element(s) are causing deviation

David V. Martini, MD
Elkton Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Revision Rhinoplasty for Crooked Nose

The most challenging thing to achieve in rhinoplasty is making the crooked nose perfectly straight. What usually is realistic, and what I tell my patients, is to expect, with a combination of techniques during surgery which may include the use of cartilage grafts and/or Goretex implants, is a 70% straightening of the nose- something I can typically meet or exceed.

Jeffrey Epstein, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 128 reviews

Timing of revision rhinoplasty surgery

I would recommen waiting about a year to allow the nose to heal more before going ahead with revision surgery.

This would allow for a better assessment of what your baseline is and what needs to be corrected. If surgery is done too soon, other issues that were initially masked may become evident down the road.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Crooked nose after rhinopalsty

Most crooked noses before and after rhinoplasty are the result of crooked septum. Even though, the nasal bones are broken and reset, the septum may still be crooked and will pull the nasal bones with it to the side. We should also remember that all faces are asymmetric and as such, the nose is inherently slightly curved towards the short side of the face. You will need a revision rhinoplasty in 6-9 months after your surgery.

Mohsen Tavoussi, MD, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Correction of crooked nose after rhinoplasty

Hi Nancy,

In general, it is best to wait 6 mo to 1 year after first-time rhinoplasty before performing a revision. Why? Because of residual swelling and continued healing, the nose may look different than it does at the 6 week period. It is always best to perform surgery when the appearance of the nose is stable, because we don't want you to ever need surgery again! Sometimes, if there is an obvious deformity that we know wont be improved with time, it is acceptable to perform a minor revision at 3 months, but that really requires a full evaluation. Hope that helps!

Anand D. Patel, MD
Brookfield Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

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