Why revision rhinoplasty is required?
Revision rhinoplasty is a complex procedure that requires extremely high levels of skill and precision. Rhinoplasty (nose job or nose plastic surgery) is a very delicate procedure and arguably among the most complex of facial plastic surgeries with a low margin for error. The nose serves a very critical function in facilitating a vital bodily function such as breathing and, hence, a good rhinoplasty surgeon has to also consider the impact of a reshaping of the nose on the function of the nose, particularly with regards to ease of breathing.
Also, as the nose is a highly complex structure with multiple elements that interlock to create the optimal mix of function and cosmetic appearance, getting a perfect outcome from a rhinoplasty the first time is challenging. This is also because, irrespective of the surgeon’s skills, the final shape of the nose depends on many factors that are unique to each individual patient and impossible for the surgeon to know before he has operated on the patient for the first time. Examples of this include the rate of scar tissue formation as well as cartilage resorption rates which vary significantly across patients and yet have a big impact on the final outcome of the surgery.
A revision rhinoplasty is far more complex than a primary rhinoplasty and, hence, choosing a surgeon who has experience specifically in revision rhinoplasty is very important for successful nose plastic surgery outcomes.
What makes Korean rhinoplasty surgeons particularly good at revision rhinoplasty?
The answer is simple: because Korea has such a high density of rhinoplasty surgeons and given that rhinoplasty outcomes are rarely 100% up to the patient’s expectation in the first attempt, you end up with plenty of patients in Korea that undergo primary rhinoplasty and find it very easy to go back for a revision procedure for incremental improvements. And because there is such fierce competition among Korean rhinoplasty surgeons (because of oversupply), most of them offer their patients at least one free revision nose job. This means that a Korean person undergoing a nose job in Seoul has the ability to conveniently go back for a revision rhinoplasty or corrective nose job at very little or no additional cost which is not the case in other parts of the world.
As a result, many Koreans who undergo rhinoplasty do not just stop at the primary rhinoplasty; instead they go back for revision surgeries in an attempt to get that perfect shape that they are looking for. This unique confluence of factors means that most Korean rhinoplasty surgeons – unlike their counterparts in most other parts of the world – end up gaining vast amounts of experience in performing revision rhinoplasties. And experience, as we all know, is the key to improved surgical skills.
Should you expect a revision rhinoplasty?
If you are considering doing a nose job for the first time it is important to be open to the possibility that you will want to go back for a revision rhinoplasty for further “fine-tuning” of results. And it is always better to have the same surgeon who performed your primary rhinoplasty also perform your revision rhinoplasty as he knows better than any other surgeon exactly what was done in the first surgery and how your nose is likely to heal over time.
Hence, when you are choosing a nose plastic surgeon, it is important to consider that surgeon’s track record and experience in performing revision nose jobs, not just primary nose jobs. Korea is a good place to start looking given the abundance of revision rhinoplasty expertise in the country.