It some ways it’s inevitable: the rise in the popularity of plastic surgery has meant that there are more people seeking cosmetic surgery procedures such as rhinoplasty, otherwise known as a nose job. Given that any surgery has some chance of failure, there are likely to be a number of cases where some kind of repair work is needed. However, there are a number of reasons why people decide to go back for further rhinoplasty work, which leads them to seek the advice of a top professional like Dr. Naderi.
What is Revision Rhinoplasty?
Many people tend to think of it as the correction of a botched job. This is a bit unfair to the industry as a whole, as there are many talented individuals working to improve people’s looks and self-esteem by correcting flaws in their most prominent feature – the nose.
Nevertheless, it’s a fact that a small percentage of nose jobs just don’t work. In fact, rhinoplasty has one of the highest complication rates among plastics surgery procedures, with averages placed at an estimated 15%. That can be due to a number of reasons, but is not always the result of surgical error.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most complex and intricate procedures to perform. Likewise, revision rhinoplasty is an extraordinarily complex procedure, since the surgeon must:
- correct any issues arising from the first procedure;
- satisfy the patient’s (often higher) expectations;
- maintain or improve the function of the nose; and
- ensure that any problems do not recur.
All of these things are performed on a nose that has had to heal once, contains scar tissue, and may have cartilage grafts or other foreign objects that have been used to reshape the nose or an absence of cartilage.
The end result will therefore rely almost as much on the preparation as the surgery itself – that will include patient history, details of the initial procedure, x-rays and so on.
Reasons for Revision Rhinoplasty
Revision rhinoplasty is often performed for aesthetic reasons. In other words, any slight imperfection is noticed, which may make the nose look out of place or overdone. Of course, choosing a surgeon like Dr. Naderi will reduce the chances of revision rhinoplasty on purely aesthetic grounds. Dr. Naderi takes pride in being ethnically sensitive, always trying to achieve the perfect natural nose, rather than adhering to some vague notion of the perfect nose.
Revision rhinoplasty may also be performed for reasons related to the function of the nose. The first procedure may have damaged the way that the nose works, leading to breathing difficulties. In many cases, aesthetic and functional problems result after a primary rhinoplasty procedure not because of surgical error but because the nose simply healed unpredictably. In other cases, poor aftercare may be to blame.
Finally, it may be that the end result really isn’t what the surgeon or patient had agreed on. In some cases there may have been a lack of communication between patient and surgeon. Dr. Naderi takes great care to make sure that this doesn’t happen, and that all promises are realistic, but other surgeons might be more eager to please and inadvertently make promises that they cannot keep.
Avoiding Revision Rhinoplasty
There are many ways to minimize your risk of needing revision rhinoplasty, including the following:
- choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon;
- computer imaging – showing predicted before and after photos;
- following pre-surgery and post-surgery instructions; and
- talking openly and honestly with your surgeon.
Revision Rhinoplasty Recovery
Recovering from the procedure is much the same as from any other surgical procedure – you will need time off work, you will likely experience bruising and swelling, and the scars will take time to heal. Within a week or so, the splints will be removed and the stitches taken out, and the surgeon will take a look at the healing process and decide if any further post-operative care is needed.
Choosing the right surgeon for revision surgery is vital. If the initial procedure suffered technical failings, you’re unlikely to want to go back to the original surgeon. But, be aware of the complexity of revision rhinoplasty, and select a surgeon who has specialized training and experience in the procedure.
Dr. Naderi is renowned for his expertise in revision rhinoplasty. He teaches revision rhinoplasty and other techniques related to rhinoplasty to other respected professionals in the field, including top surgeons.
To learn more about rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty and plastic surgery, as well as non-invasive procedures such as fillers, please contact the Naderi Center at 703-481-0002 in Virginia or 301-222-2020 in Maryland for a consultation today.