Rhinoplasty is one of the most transformative elective surgery procedures in the world! It can boost a patient’s self-esteem and allow them to focus on the facial features they love. If you are wondering what this procedure can do for your life, we’ve outlined some of our favorites rhinoplasty benefits below:
Provides flattering facial contours.
Corrects any bumps or lumps.
Refines the tip of the nose.
Changes the width of the nostrils.
Produces a balanced nasal profile.
Corrects any breathing obstructions.
Schedule your consultation to learn more about rhinoplasty and the benefits it can provide you.
In an ideal world, every surgery would turn out exactly as expected. Unfortunately, when it comes to rhinoplasty, a number of variables exist that are beyond even the most skilled surgeon’s control. Most notably, the way scar tissue contracts can differ substantially from person to person, and this can make it difficult to predict the results of rhinoplasty with 100 percent accuracy. Fortunately, if you’re not happy with your rhinoplasty (or you develop breathing problems after having a rhinoplasty), you can have what is known as a “revision rhinoplasty.” During this procedure, structural and/or cosmetic issues created by your prior rhinoplasty will be corrected. Here’s what you need to know before you book a consultation:
5 Things to Consider Before Having a Revision Rhinoplasty
1. You will need to let your initial rhinoplasty heal completely before having revision surgery.
Before you decide to have revision rhinoplasty surgery, you should be aware that it takes a long time for the results of rhinoplasty surgery to “settle.” It can take up to one full year for your nose cartilage to completely heal, and before that occurs, your rhinoplasty may not look as good as you hoped it would. Waiting until your nose surgery has healed will help you determine whether or not you actually need revision surgery.
Furthermore, operating on the nose too soon after rhinoplasty can cause damage to the delicate structural tissues within the nose. You must wait until your nose is strong enough to handle a second round of surgery before proceeding with a revision rhinoplasty.
2. You should choose the most experienced and skilled surgeon you can find when having this procedure.
Revision rhinoplasty is much more complicated than initial rhinoplasty surgery. Revision rhinoplasties often need to be performed as “open” surgeries. This means that the surgeon will need to make additional incisions around the nose and lift some of the nasal tissue in order to make the desired alterations. As such, finding a highly skilled surgeon who is deeply familiar with advanced surgical techniques is of paramount importance. Take the time to verify your chosen surgeon’s credentials and make sure he or she has performed successful revision rhinoplasties in the past.
3. You’ll probably need to take more time off work in order to recover from revision rhinoplasty surgery.
Many patients feel better about one week after having revision rhinoplasty surgery. However, the initial stages of recovery from this procedure sometimes last as long as two weeks because of the more invasive nature of this operation. It’s therefore a good idea to err on the side of caution and plan to take at least two weeks off work.
4. There’s a limit to how many revision rhinoplasties you can have.
The tissue of the nose gets progressively more fragile with each subsequent rhinoplasty operation, so you won’t be able to have a succession of revisions until you are 100 percent satisfied with the appearance of your nose. It usually is not possible to have more than two revision rhinoplasties without risking serious damage to the nose.
The best way to make sure that you will be satisfied with the results of your surgery is to choose a skilled surgeon and develop realistic expectations. It’s important to realize that while rhinoplasty surgery can make your nose much more photogenic and proportional, it cannot give you a nose that is completely different to the one you were born with. Plastic surgeons cannot, for example, make a very large hooked nose into a tiny button nose. They must work with the structural tissues that are already in place while making changes to the shape of your nose.
5. You will need to budget for the additional cost of this surgery.
The complex nature of revision rhinoplasty surgery adds substantially to its price tag. As such, you will probably need to research what kind of financing options are offered by your chosen plastic surgery practice before proceeding with this operation. (Note that we can arrange financing through Care Credit in order to help you afford complicated surgeries like revision rhinoplasty.) You may also be eligible for assistance from your insurance company if you are having trouble breathing due to your initial rhinoplasty.
Having revision rhinoplasty surgery can improve the functionality and appearance of your nose, but only if you choose your surgeon carefully. Selecting a surgeon with decades of experience, such as PSSF’s board-certified surgeons, is strongly advised when considering this type of procedure.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most versatile facial surgeries in use today. In addition to being capable of meeting diverse aesthetic objectives, this procedure can correct a number of different functional problems with the nose. Some of the most popular forms of rhinoplasty are discussed below:
Functional rhinoplasty is used to correct structural problems with the nose, though it is usually possible to combine cosmetic alterations with this type of procedure. Functional rhinoplasty is often necessary when a patient has breathing problems as a result of a congenital abnormality, such as a deviated septum or an unusually flat nasal bridge. By altering the nasal passageways, a surgeon can help the patient achieve better air flow through the nose, thereby allowing him or her to breathe more easily. This has a range of secondary benefits for the patient; it can, for example, cure sleep apnea and make it much easier for the patient to exercise. Functional rhinoplasty can also be used to remove nasal polyps (growths that sometimes form within the nasal passages and interfere with breathing).
Cosmetic rhinoplasty is a type of nose surgery that is performed with the specific intention of altering the appearance, rather than the functionality, of the patient’s nose. There are several “sub types” of cosmetic rhinoplasty that serve different aesthetic goals:
The reduction rhinoplasty. As the name suggests, reduction rhinoplasties are used to reduce the overall size of the patient’s nose. When a person has a nose where either the bridge or the tip is too prominent (or both of these features are too prominent), he or she can choose to have these features reduced in size via rhinoplasty surgery. Reduction rhinoplasty is also used to correct an overly “bulbous” nasal tip by making it thinner and more refined. These alterations will ensure that the patient’s nose no longer distracts observers from his or her other features. They also help the patient to look better in photographs (as camera lenses tend to accentuate the nose). This is why reduction rhinoplasties are popular with those in the entertainment industry.
The augmentation rhinoplasty. While most people think of rhinoplasty surgery as being used exclusively for the purpose of nose size reduction, this operation can actually be used to make the nose larger as well. When a person has a broad face and a narrow nose, for example, rhinoplasty can be used to build up the bridge of the nose so that it’s more proportional with the rest of the face.
The ethnic rhinoplasty. The ethnic rhinoplasty is a type of rhinoplasty procedure that is optimized for a particular ethnicity, e.g., African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Caucasian, or Middle Eastern. It’s important to make sure your rhinoplasty surgeon takes your ethnicity into account because people from different ethnic groups have very different nasal structures. People of African-American descent, for example, have thick, strong nasal skin and cartilage, whereas people of European descent have thin, delicate nasal skin and cartilage. These differing tissue compositions pose unique challenges for rhinoplasty surgeons. As such, it’s strongly recommended that you make sure the surgeon you choose has prior experience performing rhinoplasty surgery on people of your ethnicity.
Revision rhinoplasty refers to rhinoplasty surgery that is conducted in order to correct the unfavorable results of a previous nose operation. Revision rhinoplasty may be used to achieve either functional or cosmetic goals. For example, if the patient has had a reduction rhinoplasty and ended up with a nose that is too small for his or her tastes, revision rhinoplasty can be used to make the nose slightly larger. Likewise, if a patient has had a cosmetic rhinoplasty and experienced complications (such as impaired breathing), revision rhinoplasty can restore the functionality of the nose.
Post-traumatic rhinoplasty is used to rebuild the noses of patients who have been severely injured. If a patient has had his or her nose badly broken in an automobile accident, for example, he or she can turn to post-traumatic rhinoplasty in order to have both the appearance and functionality of his or her nose repaired. Note that if you have been in a bad accident and need to have your nose repaired, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask your surgeon to make your nose more attractive than it was before, if you wish to. In this way, you can make the best of a bad situation and hopefully emerge from your accident with improved confidence.
If you have any further questions about rhinoplasty surgery or wish to book a consultation, feel free to contact us for more information.
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Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can fix droopy eyelids with excess sagging skin or bags. It has an impact on the entire face and can make patients look years younger. Blepharoplasty has a 93% RealSelf.com Worth It Rating.
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Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose in order to improve its appearance. It can reduce the size of the nose, refine the tip, decrease the width, and correct nose asymmetry. Rhinoplasty has an 89% RealSelf.com Worth It Rating.