How Long Does a Good Rhinoplasty Last? A Lfetime? 20 Years?

I am curious. Reading many posts about people having troubles years down the road after having rhinoplasty. Some with a collapsed mid section, scar tissue that obstructs breathing,pinching, twisting, or buckling. I understand there are risks, but going in to this (my surgery is in less that 2 weeks) I just want some opinions from Doctors who have been doing this for many years and what they have seen and experienced.

Doctor Answers 7

Better than the original

The changes after surgery are permanent and your nose will stand up to the aging process better than a nose than an nose that never had surgery.  During the aging process the tip of the nose typically droops and the hump on the dorsum of the nose becomes slightly more prominent because the tissue around it thins.  Tip elevation and dorsal hump reduction are common requests during rhinoplasty so those changes have better chance of standing up to the aging process after surgery. 

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A Good Rhinoplasty Lasts A Lifetime

With advanced techniques of rhinoplasty that maintain structural support of the nose the result should last for the rest of your life.  

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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In general, a rhinoplasty can last a lifetime.  It all depends upon what is needed to be accomplished. That be said, sure some patients can have complications or unfavorable results but that is surgeon dependent and patient dependent as well.

Steven Wallach, MD
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A good rhinoplasty will last a lifetime. You will always look better than you would if you did not do the surgery. However, like the rest of your body you will experience normal aging of the nose with some sagging of the tip and lengthening of the nose. I have seen some noses that I did 30+ years ago and they have not changed (I know that's not a lifetime, but...)

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