It takes to courage to bring your dream look to life with a rhinoplasty, and it’s an unfortunate reality that the outcome isn’t always what you envisioned. When it comes to your nose, you should never settle for anything less than results you are thrilled about, and with revision rhinoplasty, you don’t have to.
At my Orlando facial plastic surgery practice, I often have the honor of revising previous rhinoplasty results and giving people a second chance at confidence. While each case is unique, there are a few common reasons people visit me to discuss a revision. Here are a few signs a revision rhinoplasty procedure may be right for you.
You Aren’t Happy When You Look in the Mirror
The main reason anyone pursues a cosmetic rhinoplasty is that they want to love the face they see looking back at them in the mirror. If this isn’t the case for you once your nose has completely healed after your first surgery, you may want to think about having a revision done.
Keep in mind that it takes 6 months to a year after surgery for swelling to subside and your final results to develop. If you’re still within that time frame, give yourself a bit of time to decide whether a secondary surgery is right for you.
You’re OK With How You Look From Certain Angles But Not Others
Experienced rhinoplasty surgeons create rhinoplasty results that look great from all angles. This is part of the reason I use computer imaging during rhinoplasty consults: I want to give both you and me the opportunity to assess your nose from many different angles and plan for the best results.
Unfortunately, some surgeons aren’t successful in this area. They may shape the nose in a way that looks fantastic in profile but asymmetrical from the front, for example. You may be left with the narrow tip you desired, but not enough of a reduction in your dorsal hump. Take photos from different angles to get a 360° look at your new nose, and bring them to discuss with your surgeon during your revision consultation.
The Breathing Issues You Had Haven’t Been Resolved—Or You Have Issues You Didn’t Before
You went into your rhinoplasty with a deviated septum, ready and excited to breathe freely, and then that wasn’t the case once you recovered. It’s understandable to feel let down. Breathe easy knowing you aren’t stuck with that outcome forever. Revision rhinoplasty gives you the opportunity to fix things and enjoy the result you desired and deserved.
If you had no issues before surgery and now find your airways are blocked, that’s also a sign a revision may be necessary. Swelling may cause some initial difficulty breathing through your nose, so it’s best to wait a few months to assess whether that is the cause or whether you are dealing with new structural issues that may require surgery.
You’ve Had Some Trauma to Your Face That Has Compromised Your Results
It’s no fun to admit, but accidents do happen, even after you have invested in your nose with a rhinoplasty. If your nose has been injured or broken since your surgery and now looks uneven or altered, you may need revision surgery to correct it. An experienced revision surgeon will work to restore your nose to the way it looked after your first rhinoplasty and before your accident.
You Don’t Feel Like “You”
Even if your nose looks technically attractive, symmetrical, and beautifully shaped, it’s no good if it doesn’t feel like your nose. You may feel the size is off, the shape doesn’t harmonize with the rest of your face, or you have lost certain ethnic characteristics you identify with.
In many cases, the beauty of rhinoplasty is that it allows people to feel more like themselves than ever―like they are finally seeing the version of themselves they always felt like inside. You deserve to feel that way, too. If that is not the case, it may be worthwhile to look into a revision.
To see examples of revision rhinoplasty results I’ve created for my patients, please visit my before-and-after photo gallery.
If you would like to learn more about the possibilities of a secondary “nose job” at my Orlando practice, please contact me online or call (407) 333-3040 to get in touch.