Revision Rhinoplasty: Appearance, Timing and Candidacy

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on revision rhinoplasty and who it might be right for. A secondary procedure following an initial rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty is used to correct a variety of issues, from breathing and other practical concerns to appearance problems from the first procedure.

At the offices of Steven Warnock MD, we’re happy to offer a variety of rhinoplasty services to a wide range of clients, including to those who have had a previous such procedure that hasn’t turned out as-desired. Here are a few of the other common reasons why patients often choose to have a revision rhinoplasty done, plus some basics on how to line things up here timing-wise and whether you’re a good candidate for this procedure.

Appearance Issues

While certain issues like breathing trouble and others are more practical, there are also many patients who simply won’t be satisfied with the appearance from their previous rhinoplasty. These are difficult procedures where the precise look desired might not always be achieved, but a quality surgeon with experience in revisions will be able to tweak the results so they’re precisely what you desire.

It’s important for us to note, however, that patients must be realistic in their expectations in this area. There may be certain details that are not possible with a rhinoplasty or even a revision rhinoplasty depending on your nose’s shape and other factors. In these cases, Dr. Warnock will be happy to suggest alternatives that are realistic.

Timing Concerns

For revision rhinoplasty, it’s important to consider timing. The days, weeks and even initial months following surgery may feature several periods where your nose doesn’t look right – but this does not mean that it will never return to form.

This is because the nose needs time to heal from surgery, including to allow swelling to dissipate. You also need to allow bruising to fade, which can take weeks in many cases. In fact, some patients find it takes up to a year for the ultimate final results to appear – with this in mind, we typically recommend waiting at least a year between a first rhinoplasty and a revision rhinoplasty.

Surgery Candidate

Finally, you will need to consult with Dr. Warnock and our staff to confirm you’re a good candidate for a revision rhinoplasty, because not everyone is. Those who have developed certain medical conditions between procedures might be ruled out, for instance, and certain changes or nose injuries might also eliminate you from candidacy. We’ll go over your medical history, current health and your current nose status to determine if you qualify.

For more on revision rhinoplasty, or to learn about any of our body sculpting, liposuction or other plastic surgery methods, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Warnock MD today.