Is your nose looking unnaturally thin after your Rhinoplasty? Or are you having difficulty in breathing after the ‘nose job’ ? Don’t get despondent. All you need to do is to meet your Rhinoplasty surgeon again to discuss the possibility of a Revision Rhinoplasty. And don’t feel that you are the only one who is going through this. Around 25% of Primary Rhinoplasty patients come back for the second time to undergo what is called a Revision Rhinoplasty.
Why would I do a Revision Rhinoplasty?
There are times when the primary rhinoplasty is unable to fulfill the goals set previously. Or the result of the primary rhinoplasty is not as per the expectations. In such cases, candidates opt for a revision Rhinoplasty. This is done for more specific cosmetic reasons. Following are the popular reasons for which candidates decide to go for the Revision Rhinoplasty:
Nose too Thin or too Broad – After the primary Rhinoplasty, sometimes the patient feels the nose look either too thin or too broad. Rhinoplasty is a fine art and reshaping the nose to exact specifications in the first attempt is never easy even for the most experienced nose plastic surgeons. Also each person’s nose heals different and this affects the final shape.
Obstruction to the nasal airways – Sometimes the primary Rhinoplasty, if not done properly, can cause difficulty for the patient in breathing. The altered nose could lead to a narrowing of the nasal airways thereby impacting breathing. Sometimes, the internal structures of the nose are altered in the initial surgery leading to a deviated or perforated septum (the cartilage that divides your nose into the 2 nasal passages). Though this doesn’t hinder breathing normally it could cause snoring or difficulty in breathing while exercising and, in severe cases, can even lead to sleep apnea.
Unfavourable nasal tip shape – Nasal tips are notoriously difficult to re-shape and, even in cases where the nasal tip is not reshaped, the nasal tip can change due to changes in the rest of the nose (eg. a drastic increase in the height of the nose can make the nasal tip more pointy than desired).
Narrowing the nostrils – Similarly, post primary Rhinoplasty, the patient could feel the need to narrow the nostrils further or the nostrils are turned up more than required, which can be corrected through revision Rhinoplasty.
Infection – There is a possibility of infection occurring after the primary Rhinoplasty. This infection, if not detected and treated in time, can cause damage to the nasal structures and weaken the nasal septum, leading to a saddling of the nose. In such cases, doctors recommend a revision Rhinoplasty.
Accidents – Post operative care is a must after the primary Rhinoplasty. Patients are required to be very cautious in the first few weeks after the surgery as the nose is weak and the nasal bones and cartilage are not settled and firmly in their new position. In case of any accidental impact to the nose (which is surprisingly common), a revision rhinoplasty is required to repair the damage.
Change in aesthetic goals – Even in cases where the primary Rhinoplasty was done to the patient’s satisfaction, in time the patient’s aesthetic goals can change, thereby requiring a revision surgery.
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