How Many Revisions Can One Safely Get for a Nose Job?

I have had 3 nose jobs and my nose is still very long. Is it unsafe to try and have a 4th revision? What makes it look really long is the hollowed out area between my eyes and the thick bone between my eyes. Also, it looks like the tip is starting to fall. Thx.

Doctor Answers 12

It gets harder with more, but not impossible

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I get asked this question a lot. There is no absolute number after which rhinoplasty becomes impossibly dangerous or doomed to fail.

However, it is a rule of thumb that the surgery is wrought with more difficulty, has a higher complication rate, and has the potential to lead to permanent problems the more surgeries one undergoes.

There are several reasons for this:

The first, scar tissue - each time the skin envelope is elevated from the underlying infrastructure of the nose it is traumatized it undergoes soft tissue contracture and it potentially weakens. The soft tissue contracture may thin the skin rendering it stiffer and thinner and less forgiving to hide any underlying imperfections.

Secondly, revision rhinoplasty if done in a reductive manner or done in a way that does not restore structural support to the nose has a possibility of weakening the infrastructure of the nose. Not all revision rhinoplasty is done is this way, in fact, in my practice, most of the time revision is performed to strengthen support that has been lost. However for other revisionists, further reduction is a rule leading to potential further weakening of the nose.

Also to take into consideration, the emotional condition of the individual changes when undergoing multiple revision procedures; it’s quite a different story when one is seeking primary rhinoplasty. The patient is full of hope, full of expectation and seeking to create improvement to the shape of the nose. The revision patient is one who has undergone disappointment, has potentially been injured or even impaired by a previous surgery. This causes this person, understandably, to be more skeptical, to be more anxious, and to be more risk adverse undergoing revision or multiple revised procedures. In some cases it causes the individual to pay undue or excess attention to the nose – in some cases becoming obsessive over very small details. In those situations it transforms a person who was once quite reasonable and had realistic expectations into a one who is unreasonably perfectionist about the outcome of the procedure.

Lastly, the anatomy has changed. The natural landmarks of the nose in primary rhinoplasty serve as guideposts for the surgeon, though which he or she can navigate through the anatomy of the nose – allowing them to create changes that are safe predictable and reliable. When the anatomy has been distorted by previous surgery, these familiar landmarks are no longer available causing a compromised baseline. In some cases this increases the complexity and difficulty of the surgery.

I would advise to seek out a consultation from a rhinoplasty specialist who performs a high volume of revisions.  Despite these challenges, in the hands of an experienced surgeon, even a multiple revision rhinoplasty can lead to a great outcome!

Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Maximum number of revision rhinoplasty procedures

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The number of revision rhinoplasty a patient can get is limited by the soft tissue envelope.  With subsequent procedures, some patients can get thinning of the skin and may have blanching and/or cyanosis (nose turning blue) either with exercise or cold weather.  In these cases, the nose is probably not a candidate for another procedure.  

The number or revision rhinoplasty surgeries a patient has had typically corresponds to the difficulty.  However, this is not a hard and fast rule.  There are patients with multiple rhinoplasty procedures who only need an endonasal tweak to the nose.  There are also primary rhinoplasty patients who may need costal cartilage or extensive reconstruction of the septum which may be much more complex than a revision rhinoplasty.  

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Number of revision rhinoplasties one can get

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The more times the nose is operated upon the less predictable the results are. It is extremely important to find a nasal surgeon who is very well versed in the rhinoplasty procedure. Look for a surgeon who has performed thousands of rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty procedures. Make sure you have realistic goals and expectations prior to undergoing rhinoplasty.  

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

Considering 4th Revision Rhinoplasty

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With a rhinoplasty surgery, less is always more. You do not want a nose that looks overdone, or it will start looking noticeably fake. Though there is technically no acceptable number of times to get a revision rhinoplasty, at some point it is best to draw the line and accept the results of your surgery. Also, as a general rule of thumb, each proceeding rhinoplasty surgery becomes more and more complicated, with higher risks of complication and failure. My best advice would be to consult a board certified surgeon in person, knowing that he or she may ask you to just accept and embrace the imperfections of your nose. Computer imaging however is a good way to communicate visually, especially showing the profile of the nose.

Sam Rizk, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 79 reviews

No absolute limit to number of rhinoplasty surgeries

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There is no fixed number of rhinoplasty procedures you can undergo.

The surgery becomes more complex as the tissue planes are disrupted with each surgery. This doesn't preclude additional surgery, but a risk benefit decision has to be made to assess whether further surgery is worth it. This can only be done with an in-person exam. I would recommend consulting with a few experienced rhinoplasty surgeons who you feel have good before and after results.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How Many Revisions Can One Safely Get for a Nose Job?

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That depends entirely on the problem being solved.  Please see a facial plastic surgeon who specializes in revision rhinoplasty and review your options. 

Ramtin Kassir, MD, Facial Plastic Surgeon NY, NJ

Ramtin Kassir, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 179 reviews

Number of Rhinoplasty Revisions

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The actual number of revisions is less important than what was done during each operation. My best advice is to see a very experienced revision surgeon because risks increase and expectations decrease with each intervention.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Revision rhinoplasty

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Depending on the type of revisions you've had done, it may be possible to have additional revisions without significant disruptions to your nasal architecture. Of course, the extent of surgery plays a factor as well as the type of proposed revision. I would definitely seek an expert on revision rhinoplasty so hopefully this will be your final procedure.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Rhinoplasty revision

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Revising a nose several times can be problematic.  The soft tissue and skin can not usually handle too many procedures. 

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Too many revisions?

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Although revision surgeries gets progressively more difficult with multiple surgeries (scarring, loss of potential grafting material) , there is no absolute limit to how many rhinoplasties one can have

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 231 reviews

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