Corrective Rhinoplasty for Previous Surgeries

It is an unfortunate reality that not all procedures go according to plan.  Sometimes, patients will go to less reputable clinics to save money and these procedures can often end with the patient even worse off than before the procedure.  A good number of our patients at Mina Plastic Surgery are patients who are having poor work corrected.  As is the case always, it is important to research your surgeon, no matter where you go.

Because of the complex nature of operation, rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult to perform.  There are several mistakes a physical can make that will cause unsightly problems.  Corrective rhinoplasty faces its own set unique challenges. First and foremost, the baseline of the nose has already been altered by a previous nose surgery, thus it is more demanding and generally results in longer operation and recovery and almost always costs more money.  Medical literature in plastic surgery has suggested that the revision rate of rhinoplasty can be as high as 15 percent.

Should the patient require major correction after a primary nose surgery, most doctors treat it as more like a reconstructive procedure due to its complexity. The goal is to improve nasal beauty, preserve normal breathing functions and deliver results that are in line with the patient.  Despite best efforts from the surgeon, sometimes corrective rhinoplasty becomes necessary due to unexpected healing or changes in facial proportions. For some patients, a secondary surgery might also be needed due to the natural aging of their nose...

While there is no hard rule on how many times a patient can safely undergo rhinoplasty, it is important to note that each subsequent surgery can lead to more scar tissue, which has a significant impact on healing and cosmetic results. Thus a great surgeon knows how to avoid or at least minimize additional scarring.

A good number of patients seeking major corrective rhinoplasty both have functional and aesthetic issues, which are generally addressed by creating a strong underlying nasal structure. The use of grafts or “living tissue” harvested from other areas of the body—such as the septum or wall between the nostrils, bowl of the ear and rib—is a good way to achieve a stable framework.

The grafts collected from septum are believed to be the best material to create a stable nasal structure and to address a wide range of cosmetic and functional issues. However, some patients have theirs completely depleted during their primary nose surgery, so other donor sites are considered instead.

All efforts must be used to avoid another surgery. Thus good rapport and honest communications between the surgeon and patient are of utmost importance.  Board-certified plastic surgeons who routinely perform revision rhinoplasties are in the best position to execute these rather complex procedures. They understand that complete evaluation of the nose and review of the previous surgical techniques are critical steps to achieve satisfying results.

Whether you are having your nose repaired from a previous operation, or this is your first time under the knife, the friendly staff at Mina Plastic Surgery will guide you all along the way.  Since we have a 100 percent satisfaction rate, we will tirelessly until all your needs are fully met.

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