When you first decided to have rhinoplasty surgery, you were probably excited. You were also maybe a little bit (or a lot) nervous. That’s totally normal. Rhinoplasty is a complex procedure that can result in complications, even under the best of circumstances. The good news? Most patients who go to qualified surgeon are very happy with their results. Unfortunately, a few are not. Going into your surgery, you probably never dreamed you’d be unhappy with your surgical results, but it happens from time to time. If you’re unhappy with your results, then you may be wondering if you need a revision rhinoplasty procedure. Here are a few questions to ask yourself that can help you make that decision.
How Long Has it Been?
The first question you need to ask is very simple. How long has it been since your initial procedure? If it’s been less than a year, you need to be patient for a while longer. Especially in the first few months, your nose will go through many changes. You won’t see the final results until the swelling has resolved and you have healed completely.
As you probably know, it can take a year or more for all of the swelling to resolve itself after a rhinoplasty. For this reason, you’ll need to wait at least that long before having a revision consultation. An expert facial plastic surgeon will not operate on your nose a second time until all the swelling is gone.
If it’s been a year or more, and you’re still unhappy, it may be time to talk to a plastic surgeon about revision surgery.
What’s the Problem?
There are several different complications that can occur, depending on the procedure. Since rhinoplasty is so custom, there could be any number of things affecting the appearance and function of your nose. Cartilage grafts, skin, bone, proportion—all of these factors influence the nose’s aesthetics. On top of that, some patients experience difficulty breathing, or problems with nasal structure.
Before you discuss your case with a revision specialist, figure out exactly what the problem is. It may be very obvious, or it could be something you’re having a hard time pinpointing. It’s easier to decide that you need a revision if you can point to a specific problem. If you can’t, it may mean you’re just still getting used to your new look.
Is it Major?
Revision rhinoplasty is major surgery. It’s even more complex than the initial procedure, thanks to scar tissue and changes to the structure made during the first surgery. It also tends to be more expensive than primary rhinoplasty.
If you’re thinking about undergoing a revision procedure, then you need to weigh the benefits and drawbacks. How major is the problem? Is it something that just annoys you, or is it something that causes you embarrassment or discomfort? Sometimes, it’s worth going through a second surgery. Sometimes, it’s better to just leave things as they are. Only you can make that decision.
Are You Emotionally Prepared?
Having a revision rhinoplasty can be a very emotional process. You not only have expectations for the results, your worries are generally heightened from your previous rhinoplasty experience. Before you decide to pursue revision rhinoplasty, it’s important to make sure you are emotionally prepared for a second surgery. In most cases, it’s okay to wait a while until you feel ready to go through the process again.
Can You Commit to Aftercare?
While some problems are caused during surgery, other complications occur after. Sometimes, poor healing can cause complications outside the surgeon’s control. For this reason, patients considering revision rhinoplasty will need to commit to following their surgeon’s instructions to the letter to promote optimal healing and results.
Trusting Your Surgeon
One of the biggest hurdles revision patients have to overcome is trusting their surgeon. When you’ve had a bad experience, it’s understandable to be wary. It can be difficult to trust that the second surgery will be a success. However, whether you go back to your surgeon or choose another surgeon, you need to be able to trust them to fix the problem and help you feel great about how you look.
Consulting with expert facial plastic surgeons is the best way to cultivate that trust. Talk to them. Ask questions. Look at examples of their revision rhinoplasty work. Don’t choose a surgeon who makes you feel uncomfortable or uncertain. Because revision rhinoplasty is so complex, it is key to take your time and make a decision you feel good about.
Not sure where to turn for a trustworthy opinion? Dr. Edward Buckingham is a renowned, double board certified facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Buckingham has decades of experience in primary and revision rhinoplasty, and has helped countless patients get the beautiful, natural look they want. To schedule a revision rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Buckingham at Buckingham Center in Austin, TX, call 512.401.2500 today.