Too big or too small, too asymmetrical or too bumpy. These are some of the most common complaints people have about their noses. The good news is that rhinoplasty can fix all of these problems, leaving you wondering why you didn’t have this plastic surgery sooner. But unfortunately, some people are still dissatisfied with the appearance of their noses after undergoing rhinoplasty.
“Corrective rhinoplasty, or revision rhinoplasty, is more common than you might think. In many cases, patients who are seeking revision surgery had originally chosen a surgeon with minimal experience in the area,” says Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, a plastic surgeon in New York City. “This highlights the critical importance of selecting a surgeon with whom you have full confidence. A board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience can get the procedure done right the first time—or correct problems stemming from the original surgery.”
Common reasons for rhinoplasty correction
After undergoing the initial rhinoplasty, patients may get the sense that something just doesn’t look right or that the nose doesn’t seem to suit the face. As the swelling reduces, it may become clear that the nostrils look too flared, the nose tip is droopy or lacks definition, or that there is a noticeable bump on the bridge of the nose.
In some cases, patients recovering from a rhinoplasty may discover that they have developed breathing problems. Even if the aesthetic appearance of the nose is ideal, post-surgical breathing problems can result in significant patient dissatisfaction. These issues can affect quality of life and overall health.
Factors to consider before having a second surgery
Once you’ve decided that your original rhinoplasty did not meet your expectations, it’s time to meet with the plastic surgeon. It’s usually advisable to consult a different plastic surgeon than the one who performed the original surgery, as subpar skills on the part of the original plastic surgeon may have been responsible for your disappointment.
Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon who has plenty of experience in this area. The plastic surgeon you choose should provide a comprehensive evaluation and personalized recommendations for your revision surgery. Be sure to explain exactly why you’re dissatisfied with the results of the original procedure and what you expect from the results of the rhinoplasty correction.
Before moving forward with the second surgery, your plastic surgeon may recommend that you wait at least one year after your first surgery. This is because it takes time for the swelling to fully subside and for the scar tissue to soften. Firm scar tissue can interfere with revision surgery.
Seeking rhinoplasty correction in NYC
It takes specialized skill to perform a rhinoplasty, given that the function of the nose is a major consideration when making artistic alterations. Dr. Preminger of New York City is a renowned expert in her field. A board-certified plastic surgeon, she specializes in reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries of the face, and has received numerous awards and professional recognitions. You can request a consult with Dr. Preminger to discuss revision rhinoplasty by calling today.