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Who is a Candidate for Revision Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can significantly improve the functionality and appearance of a patient’s nose

While rhinoplasty can dramatically improving their self-esteem and quality of life, it is one of the most difficult cosmetic procedures to perform. As a result, approximately 10% of patients who have undergone primary rhinoplasty ultimately decide to pursue a second rhinoplasty, called revision rhinoplasty. Due to the highly complex nature of the procedure, a number of factors should be taken into consideration when determining whether a patient is a good candidate for secondary rhinoplasty. Regardless of the reason for your revision rhinoplasty, it is important to wait at least a year before undergoing a second procedure. This gives your nose sufficient time to heal.

Revision rhinoplasty can help you achieve your desired results

Complications during primary rhinoplasty

In some instances, patients seek revision rhinoplasty due to complications from their previous surgery. Complications may include infection, a reaction to anesthesia, rejection of implants or grafts, poor wound healing or excessive scarring, nasal septal perforation, or even the collapse of internal nasal structures. If you experienced complications because of your primary rhinoplasty, Dr. Torgerson is the best facial surgery expert to evaluate your individual circumstances to determine safety related to a second procedure. It is crucial that you are aware of all of the potential risks and complications before moving forward with revision rhinoplasty. To minimize the risks of further complications, it is critical that a highly qualified, experienced rhinoplasty surgeon with a specialty in facial plastic surgery performs your revision procedure.

Overall health

To ensure the success of the procedure, patients should be in good overall health. Smoking or taking other substances or medications can lead to complications, risking the likelihood of success, so the surgeon will discuss eliminating these influences before planning your procedure.

Revision Rhinoplasty

Secondary rhinoplasty can repair a bent or broken septum to improve your breathing

Results of Primary Rhinoplasty

Most patients who are seeking revision rhinoplasty because they are unhappy with the results of their primary procedure have concerns about the appearance or functionality of the nose. If your nose surgery does not meet your expectations for aesthetic reasons, revision rhinoplasty can help you achieve your desired results. For some patients, this may be a minor tweak to repair a small bump or dent, while for others it may be a more involved surgery that requires reshaping the tip of the nose.

If you are satisfied with the appearance of your nose but have difficulty breathing as a result of your primary rhinoplasty, you are also a good candidate for revision surgery. Secondary rhinoplasty can repair a bent or broken septum or rearrange internal cartilage to improve your breathing.

Expectations of revision rhinoplasty

Candidates must have realistic expectations of what can be achieved with revision rhinoplasty. During your initial consultation, Dr. Torgerson will listen to your concerns, examine your nose carefully, and present a clear surgical plan outlining what can be achieved with the revision surgery. It is important to understand that there are limitations to revision rhinoplasty depending on how the nose was previously operated on. As a result, good candidates should be open and cognizant of the fact that while improvement is the goal, perfection is not realistic.

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