Revision Rhinoplasty: Basics, Breathing Trouble and Damage

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While the majority of plastic surgery procedures are completed after a single session and will not require any further work, there are some cases where secondary procedures are either necessary or desired. One good example here is the revision rhinoplasty, which is generally done as a follow-up for those who either are not happy with the results of their original rhinoplasty or have experienced certain negative side effects from it.

At the offices of Steven Warnock MD, we proudly offer a wide range of rhinoplasty and related nose alteration services, including revision rhinoplasty for any situation where the original results were not acceptable or caused some kind of issue. How do these two procedures compare, and what are some of the situations where you might be a good candidate for a revision rhinoplasty procedure? This two-part blog series will go over all the details you should be aware of.

Rhinoplasty vs. Revision Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is a procedure that can be done on many patients looking for changes to their facial and nose appearance. It can correct a variety of visual concerns, from large or upturned nostrils to hooked tips, nose bridge humps, asymmetrical nostrils and more. In addition, the rhinoplasty procedure may be used to correct certain breathing issues or a deviated septum.

Revision rhinoplasty, on the other hand, is a secondary procedure that follows the initial one, and only in a small percentage of cases. It can be necessary in some cases if a previous rhinoplasty has created certain physical issues in the nose area; in other situations, the patient will simply not have achieved the results they desired with the original rhinoplasty, and revision rhinoplasty will be used to correct this issue.

What are some of the potential issues that will make you a potential candidate for a revision rhinoplasty? Our next several sections will dig into this question.

Breathing Trouble

In certain cases, a primary rhinoplasty may lead to functional problems in the nose – or could worsen such problems that already existed beforehand. One of the most common here is a collapse of nasal tissue, but there are others that can take place depending on the state of your nose and the surrounding areas.


In other cases, damage to the nose at some point after rhinoplasty may have nothing to do with the procedure at all, but rather some other kind of accident or impact to the nose. Whether in a car accident or some other area, heavy impact to the nose or surrounding facial areas may change the look of the nose in some way, making it crooked or bringing a bump – and may also impact breathing or other functionality. A revision rhinoplasty will often be done to correct issues from this sort of damage.

For more on the revision rhinoplasty, or to learn about any of our tummy tuck, mommy makeover or other plastic surgery services, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Warnock MD today.