Timing Is Everything
A rhinoplasty procedure targets the most delicate components of the nose and thus requires an extensive healing process. The cartilage and bone in the nose that get adjusted during surgery will be swollen and have scar tissue that usually takes several months to a couple years to completely recover. This is why rhinoplasty surgeons recommend waiting a minimum of 12 months before undergoing revision rhinoplasty. The waiting period allows ample time for the swelling to subside and for the scar tissue to soften enough before a second surgery.
Do Your Research
If you are not happy with the results from your previous surgery, don’t feel compelled to return to the same surgeon. There are many plastic surgeons who specialize in rhinoplasty, but fewer who specialize in revision rhinoplasty.
The number of doctors who specialize in Asian rhinoplasty and revision Asian rhinoplasty is even smaller.
Take the time to learn about your doctor. Are they board-certified? Do they have experience in revision Asian rhinoplasty? What do previous patients think about their results? How is the overall experience for their patients? You can usually find reviews and patient testimonials on the doctor’s website or through patient review sites like RealSelf.
Know What You Want and Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for It
What about your previous rhinoplasty surgery makes you want another one? Many Asian patients see a surgeon who doesn’t specialize in Asian rhinoplasty and end up with a nose that doesn’t match their face or their cultural expectations. Doctors who don’t have a thorough understanding of those cultural features will often give their patients Caucasian-looking noses instead of enhancing the patient’s natural qualities.
When consulting with a revision rhinoplasty surgeon, be sure that you have a clear idea of what you want your nose to look like and convey that to the doctor. If you don’t communicate your goals and desires effectively, you could end up even worse off after the revision.
Revision Rhinoplasty Is More Difficult Than the First Rhinoplasty
Because revision rhinoplasty is a more difficult procedure, it’s even more important to find a surgeon with experience who knows what they’re doing. Scar tissue is tougher than regular soft tissue and poses a challenge for the surgeon. Even the most skilled revision rhinoplasty expert may not always be able to work with leftover scars. If you’re looking to make dramatic changes or completely undo the results of the previous surgery, you’re looking for next-to-impossible results. However, if you are looking to make small adjustments to the appearance and function of your nose, it’s more likely that a doctor will have success with the revision.
Recovery May Be More Difficult
Swelling and bruising may be more pronounced and the total recovery time could take even longer than the first rhinoplasty procedure. The whole process will still involve the same recovery methods, including splints, bandages, nose packs, and ice compress treatments, but your nose will have a more difficult recovery time since it has already had to go through a surgical procedure once before.
Revision Asian Rhinoplasty From Dr. Nassif
If you are unhappy with the results of your previous rhinoplasty and are interested in fixing your nose while preserving your cultural features, contact our office in Beverly Hills to schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Nassif. Dr. Nassif is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and Asian rhinoplasty. His main objective is to use the existing structure of a patient’s face to create a nose that both pleasing and natural looking. He cares deeply about the well-being and satisfaction of his patients, from the initial consultation to the post-operative care.
Our office can be reached through our patient contact page or by calling (310) 275-2467.