One Year Post Op Rhinoplasty. Worst Results Ever. Need Advice? (photo)

What are my options with this? I'm so depressed. I don't know how to confront my surgeon?

Doctor Answers 13

Asymmetry at 1 Year after Rhinoplasty

      Your asymmetry can be corrected and your nose can be improved - no doubt about it.  Do not think about this as confronting your surgeon.   Your surgeon will want to fix it.  If not, I want to fix it.    

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 496 reviews

Revision rhinoplasty, strong cartilage, thin skin

Not an insurmountable problem.  Indeed an unfortunate outcome from elective rhinoplasty, but the problems that are visible are not impossible to correct.  In your favor it appears that you have strong cartilages that have become misshapen, but not over resected.  This means that there is an adequate amount of tissue to reshape and reconstruct your nose.  This sometimes requires cartilage grafting from the ear or rib.  Another issue that adds some complexity is that the nasal skin is relatively thin and it may be necessary to try and camouflage the cartilage abnormalities by grafting.  Grafting may be performed with cartilage or soft tissue.  I would try to find a surgeon whose practice includes at least 20% revision rhinoplasty.  In the right hand your nose can be made to appear symmetric and normal.

Edward Farrior, MD
Tampa Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Revision or Secondary Rhinoplasty

So sorry you are unhappy with your result. Your feelings are understandable. If you still have confidence in your original surgeon, go back to that office and voice your thoughts. I would hope he/she would be receptive and agree that revisional rhinoplasty is clearly needed.  This is not a simple case, however.  From studying your photos, without the opportunity to examine you, I see this surgeon employed an open approach, as the stairstep scar is visible.  The major problem is that almost the entire lower lateral cartilage on the right side has been amputated leading to collapse of the alar rim and leaving what's left to spring up to an obvious point. There is subsequent notching of the rim with what appears to be a bit of a hang to the columella (the part of skin and cartilage that separates the 2 nostril openings). Repairing this problem is detailed and complex requiring septal or ear cartilage to recreate and support the deficit in the right alar rim. This is called secondary rhinoplasty and requires significant skill and experience.  All the best to you and I hope you can look forward to a successful repair. Barry M. Weintraub MD, FACS.

Barry M. Weintraub, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Revision work

I am sorry that you have problems withyour surgery. Clearly this is not the look you were hoping for.


You will need revision surgery. Normally this is not considered before 12 months and you are beyond that.


If your surgeon is very experienced and this was a total mishap you canspeak to them about revision. In either case you should get a second opinion.


Seek out a board certified doctor (AAFPRS or AAPRS) who does at least 30-50 cases per year and ask to see their revision results. If they cant show you great cases then move on. You MAY need to travel to find a qualified doctor.

Benjamin C. Marcus, MD
Madison Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Revison of bad rhinoplasty result

To correct this deformity will require an OPEN tip revision.  It can be corrected.

Talmage Raine MD FACS

Talmage J. Raine, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

How to proceed when unhappy with results of rhinoplasty

When was the last time you followed up with her/him?  I would guess that your surgeon would not find your result satisfying.  First start by following up with your surgeon and sharing the concerns you have regarding your nose.  She/he may offer revision surgery.  If you have lost faith in your surgeon, do your research for revision rhinoplasty specialists.  In the right hands, your nose can be restored to an attractive appearance.   

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

Poor outcome with deformity after rhinoplasty

This result needs to be be corrected.  The revision should provide you with a much more normal shape and could be performed as early as 12 weeks after the primary surgery.  If you like and trust your surgeon he/she should be the one to fix this.  If he/she does not feel confident, or if you have lost confidence, you should see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has had a significant amount of experience with revision rhinoplasty.  Make sure to see a comprehensive portfolio of pre- and post-op rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty pictures so you can gauge the surgeon's experience and expertise.  DON'T PANIC.  This can be fixed.  Just make sure you find the right surgeon.  I personally do not post pre- and post-op face pictures to protect patient confidentiality, so don't just go by web pictures.

Daniel Greenwald, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

One Year Post Op Rhinoplasty. Worst Results Ever. Need Advice?

You need revision with cartilage grafting to correct the displace rotated lower lateral alar cartilage. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

Suboptimal Results One Year After Rhinoplasty Surgery

You really only have one option, unfortunately. That is to undergo a revision rhinoplasty procedure. At one year out, you can entertain this option at any time now since adequate time has passed. If you don't feel comfortable having your surgeon perform the revision procedure, you are best off just getting your medical records and seeking another opinion.

John M. Hilinski, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Rhinoplasty revision

Sorry for your issues. A revision rhinoplasty may be possible. Best to seek out opinion form several surgeons in person to formulate a plan. Good luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

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