You likely awaited your first rhinoplasty procedure with much anticipation, but when the results didn’t turn out as planned, your feelings turned to disappointment and frustration with the entire process. Everyone hopes they’ll get excellent results with just one procedure, but when the opposite happens, it’s important not to give up hope. You can correct the issues caused by the initial nose reshaping surgery if you work with an experienced facial plastic surgeon that can make the necessary adjustments and create the look you wanted. While revision rhinoplasty is a highly complex surgery to perform, Dr. Barrett is an expert in correcting poor nose jobs, helping patients meet their original aesthetic goals by restoring your desired form and function to the nose.
What is Revision Rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty, also known as secondary rhinoplasty or corrective rhinoplasty, is a procedure designed to address issues from a previous nose job that the patient is dissatisfied with. Problems might include unsatisfactory aesthetic changes, as well as function difficulties that were not present before the first surgery was performed. While most rhinoplasties go very well when performed by the right surgeon, others might not hit the mark in terms of meeting the patient’s goals. Revision rhinoplasty offers the necessary correction to create a satisfying outcome.
Dr. Barrett is a revision rhinoplasty specialist, performing many of these procedures in his Beverly Hills center. He will take the time to truly understand your concerns and goals so he can create a surgical plan that will give you the results you want. Reasons for Rhinoplasty Revision Patients may come to Dr. Barrett for revision rhinoplasty for a variety of reasons:
- The first surgery didn’t go as planned or was “botched”
- There are new structural problems within the nose such as a deviated septum
- You experience breathing issues after the initial procedure
- You would like to have some additional refinement to the nose
- Your new nose shape appears to be disproportionate to the rest of your facial features
- You experience trauma or injury to the nose after the first rhinoplasty
- You continue to be unhappy with your appearance after your rhinoplasty surgery
No matter what your reason for seeking rhinoplasty revision, Dr. Barrett will take ample time to discuss those concerns with you before a second procedure is scheduled. From that discussion, he can determine whether another surgery will be able to produce your desired outcome. He will carefully customize your revision procedure to your unique needs and goals to ensure your outcome is natural, balanced and beautiful.
Is Rhinoplasty Revision Right for You?
If you are unhappy with the results of your rhinoplasty, revision surgery may be the right choice for you. Dr. Barrett will assess you personally to determine whether you are a candidate for this corrective procedure. You should be a nonsmoker in good health to ensure additional surgery will be safe for you. You also need to be completely healed from your first procedure, which could take a year or longer. This waiting period allows for sufficient time for swelling to completely subside and for scar tissue to soften so it is easier to address.
Benefits of Rhinoplasty Revision
While it may be difficult to gear up for another surgery when the first didn’t go as planned, moving forward with revision rhinoplasty offers substantial benefits to the right patients. Advantages of undergoing this procedure might include:
- Correction of structural deformities to improve breathing
- Adjustment of asymmetries left behind from first procedure
- Strengthening of a nose that has become weakened from over-correction
- Improvement in the aesthetic look of the nose
- Greater confidence and satisfaction in your appearance
Dr. Barrett understands the apprehension involved with rhinoplasty correction surgery and will work with you to increase your comfort and confidence in your subsequent procedure. Rest assured you are in good hands with Dr. Barrett, as he has the expertise and experience necessary to produce a better result for you this time around.
Choosing Your Revision Rhinoplasty Specialist
While rhinoplasty is a complicated procedure to perform, revision rhinoplasty is even more challenging. The scarring left behind from the first surgery can make it more difficult to shape the nose according to the desires of the patient. Cartilage may also be depleted, which may require a graft or implant to create a more aesthetically pleasing shape and strengthen the internal nasal structure. The importance of experience and expertise in the surgeon you choose for your revision surgery cannot be understated.
Dr. Barrett has the qualifications necessary to perform successful rhinoplasty revision. His expertise in facial plastic surgery and his eye for proportion and balance create a positive experience and outcome for his patients. While scarring is more likely to appear after revision surgery, Dr. Barrett’s patients rarely see any substantial side effects after their procedures to his high-quality surgical techniques. Even scarring can be minimized in most cases.
Rhinoplasty Revision Overview
Dr. Barrett performs most of his nose revision surgeries using general anesthesia. Incisions are placed inside the nose whenever possible, although a single, small incision may also be needed underneath the nose between the nostrils to allow for full access to the internal structure. Through the incisions, Dr. Barrett will make the necessary corrections based on pre-operative discussions and the established surgical plan.
If a graft is required to supplement insufficient cartilage in the nose, it is usually taken from an ear or rib. Soft tissue may also need to be grafted in to create a natural appearance. Structural damage will be repaired to restore breathing function if necessary. Once the procedure is completed, Dr. Barrett closes all incisions using specialized suturing techniques to minimize post-operative scarring.
In the case of touch-up rhinoplasty, the procedure may not be as extensive. While Dr. Barrett may still opt to use general anesthesia, some patients may be able to undergo surgery with local anesthesia and sedation. This type of surgery may not take as long, and the recovery time may be shorter. However, even when minor adjustments are made, the overall improvement can be dramatic.
After Your Corrective Rhinoplasty
After your revision rhinoplasty, you may experience side effects like swelling, puffiness, bruising, bleeding and general soreness. These symptoms may be more pronounced than they were after your first procedures, but most will only last a few days. Patients usually feel ready to return to regular activities within one to two weeks. Bruising may last up to two weeks, while a small degree of swelling may persist for up to a full year. It will take some time to see your results but rest assured Dr. Barrett will do his best to ensure those results meet your expectations.
During your recovery, Dr. Barrett will see you personally in his office to track your progress and address concerns as they arise. He will provide you with comprehensive instructions on how to care for the nose as it heals to ensure an optimal outcome. He is also an expert in incision care and will give you a protocol to follow that will minimize visible scarring after your surgery.
New Look, New Confidence
When you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, it can substantially impact your confidence in your appearance overall. While it can be difficult to schedule a second surgery when the first didn’t go as planned, the outcome from rhinoplasty revision can change your attitude toward your appearance and increase your self-confidence. Contact Barrett Plastic Surgery today at 310-598-2648 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Barrett and find out if corrective nose surgery is the right choice for you.