3 Warning Signs You Need Revision Rhinoplasty
For various reasons, not all rhinoplasties turn out successfully. A revision rhinoplasty can correct the defects resulting from the original procedure. Top Los Angeles and Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami of Ghavami Plastic Surgery explains the warning signs indicating you may need a revision rhinoplasty.
Patients hope that their rhinoplasty addresses the reasons they chose the surgery in the first place. No one should undergo the procedure again (via revision rhinoplasty) unless absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, situations arise in which discussing a revision rhinoplasty with your surgeon is advisable.
Because it takes time for the nose to fully heal, most patients should not consider a revision rhinoplasty for at least one year after the primary surgery. Keep in mind that revision rhinoplasty is a more technically challenging procedure than the original rhinoplasty. Revision rhinoplasty runs the gamut, from slight tweaking to a much more involved operation.
If experiencing the following conditions, you may benefit from a revision rhinoplasty.
1. Your Nose is Not Functioning Properly
Whether you underwent rhinoplasty for practical or cosmetic purposes, your new nose must function properly. If you have trouble breathing or have smell and taste issues, or if sleep becomes a challenge due to your new nose, you may need revision surgery. The original rhinoplasty may have caused the lack of function, or the surgery may have failed to correct an existing problem.
2. Graft or Implant Shift
Rhinoplasty may involve the use of cartilage grafts or implants to attain the desired result. Should the graft or implant shift, you could end up with a lumpy or dented nose. A shift could give your nose an asymmetrical appearance.
3. Nasal Bridge Collapse
If excessive cartilage or bone is removed during rhinoplasty, the nose may eventually collapse. This does not generally occur immediately, but rather is a gradual process. A nasal bridge collapse results in a double function and aesthetic whammy. Not only does it affect the nose’s appearance, but the patient may have breathing problems or suffer a collapse of the valves within the nostrils.
If the nasal bridge collapses, revision rhinoplasty is always necessary.
If you are unhappy with your rhinoplasty and want to know if you are a candidate for a revision, contact renowned Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami and schedule a personal consultation. Because revision rhinoplasty is more complex, you need a top board-certified surgeon specializing in this secondary surgery to assess your nose and determine the best way to correct any issues. Dr. Ghavami will advise you what can be done about your nose and what may or may not prove fixable.