Who Needs Revision Rhinoplasty?

Nose surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, as it can significantly enhance facial appearance. It is a challenging procedure to perform, and every year, a percentage of rhinoplasty patients will require revision (or secondary) surgery. This may be necessary because of aesthetic issues, breathing problems, or both. 

Is it Worth it to Have Revision Rhinoplasty?

If you are unhappy with a previous nose job, you may benefit from revision rhinoplasty. Revision surgery may be recommended for a better cosmetic result or to improve functionality if one or more of the following describes you:

  • Believe your rhinoplasty results look unnatural or are not in harmony with your facial features
  • Want more work on your nose than was done by your original surgeon
  • Have new deviations, such as bumps and other irregularities, which appeared after primary rhinoplasty
  • Have new or uncorrected nasal obstructions that are affecting your breathing

Will Revision Rhinoplasty Be Different from the Initial Procedure?

Revision rhinoplasty is a much more complex procedure than primary rhinoplasty because of existing scar tissue and other factors. It may involve the removal of residual cartilage or bone, or it may require tissue grafts if too much cartilage or bone has been removed. Grafts may be taken from the patient’s ear or rib. After incisions are made, and Dr. Reitzen reshapes the nasal structures, the skin is re-draped, and the incisions are closed.

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What Should I Expect During the Recovery Period After Revision Rhinoplasty?

The initial recovery phase after revision rhinoplasty in Upper East Side lasts approximately two weeks. Expect some bruising and swelling, which will begin to subside after about a week. Discomfort can be managed with medication and cool packs. We will help you with specific instructions to follow as you recover.

While you may be able to see some results after a couple of weeks,  residual swelling may take up to one year to completely subside. Your final results will be visible once the swelling has fully diminished.

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Dr. Shari Reitzen

Why Choose Dr. Reitzen?

In addition to being board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Shari Reitzen is an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Her top services are nose surgeries, including revision rhinoplasty. She is a highly regarded surgeon who is affiliated with multiple prestigious hospitals in the New York area. 

Dr. Reitzen is a dedicated surgeon who listens carefully to understand your concerns and goals and achieve the results you want. She always makes patient care and their satisfaction with results her first priority. 

FAQ About Revision Rhinoplasty

How Common Is Revision Rhinoplasty?

What Are the Most Common Reasons for Revision Rhinoplasty?

How Common Is Revision Rhinoplasty?

In 2020, nose reshaping was the top cosmetic surgery in the nation, with 352,555 procedures performed, as reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). As rhinoplasty is also one of the most challenging procedures to perform, the need for some revision surgery is inevitable. Researchers found that the rate of revision rhinoplasty was 9.8% in a study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

What Are the Most Common Reasons for Revision Rhinoplasty?

Most revision rhinoplasties occur because patients are unhappy with the cosmetic outcome of primary rhinoplasty. Common complaints include:

  • Residual dorsal hump
  • Drooping tip
  • Dorsal asymmetry

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