Revising the Imperfect Nose

Research shows approximately 15 percent of primary rhinoplasty procedures require revisions for one reason or another. Many patients are left feeling their procedure went too far, while others feel like it didn’t go far enough. Others may experience breathing problems following their rhinoplasty procedure. If any of these reasons sound familiar, revision rhinoplasty may be right for you. A secondary rhinoplasty procedure can make corrections and improve the appearance of the nose in order to achieve the results you desire. Read on to learn more about revision rhinoplasty.

Ideal Candidates

Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. David Sayah has met with many people who have undergone rhinoplasty but were left unsatisfied with the results. Many patients feel their new nose is too big or too small, making their overall facial appearance look unbalanced. Other patients seek to refine just the tip of the nose. Then there are patients who seek revision rhinoplasty for medical reasons. Improper healing from the initial rhinoplasty procedure can lead to functional problems, including difficulty breathing. Improper healing can also affect the look of the new nose; one or both of the nostrils can collapse or the nose can look droopy. Here are some of the problems revision rhinoplasty can correct:

  • Asymmetric tip
  • Droopy nose
  • Wide or narrow nose
  • Crooked nose
  • Deviated septum
  • Collapsed nostrils
  • Wide or flaring nostrils

If you are considering pursuing revision rhinoplasty, it’s recommended you wait at least one year after your first procedure. Most of the nasal swelling goes away within the first few days or weeks after the initial procedure; however, it may take a year for all of the swelling to subside. It also takes at least a year for scar tissue to soften and fully heal. Not giving enough time for your scar tissue to heal can prevent your surgeon from making an adequate correction.

About the Procedure

Most revision procedures take longer to perform than initial rhinoplasty procedures, depending on what needs to be corrected. Dr. Sayah will perform the procedure with local anesthesia and sedation, or general anesthesia. There are two ways the incisions for revision rhinoplasty can be made. Closed rhinoplasty involves making the incisions inside of the nose, while open rhinoplasty requires making the incisions on the underside of the nose between the nostrils. Each technique has benefits that Dr. Sayah will discuss with you during your initial consultation. Dr. Sayah will determine which technique is best for you depending on your needs, goals and the anatomy of your nose.

Schedule a Consultation Today

As a highly-trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Sayah has helped countless Beverly Hills patients achieve the beautiful, refined nose they seek following primary rhinoplasty. To learn more about revision rhinoplasty, schedule a one-on-one appointment with Dr. Sayah. Please call (310) 905-8405.

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