Two Ways to Know if You Need Revision Rhinoplasty
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You probably have a pretty specific idea of how you want your nose to look. Most of us do, even if we don’t realize it. For many people, when they look in the mirror, they don’t even see the nose, they just see a face—your own face. But when you don’t like your nose, it tends to stick out.
So let’s say you’ve undergone a rhinoplasty procedure. Let’s say you’ve gone to all the trouble of changing your nose. How do you know if you need another procedure? How do you know if you need a revision rhinoplasty of some kind?
It might not be as obvious as it seems at first glance. After all, surgical rhinoplasty can involve a pretty painful recovery—and that can sometimes influence your thinking. So let’s look at two ways to know if you really do need a revision rhinoplasty procedure of some kind.
Reason #1: Functional Issues
The most prominent reason that you might need to consider a revision procedure is due to a functional issue in your nose. This functional issue could arise for a couple of reasons:
- The functional issue might have been the reason for the rhinoplasty procedure in the first place
- The functional issue might arise due to complications from or as a result of your rhinoplasty procedure
Most “functional” issues involve difficulty breathing through the nose, difficulty smelling, or even issues related to the ability to taste (which is very much related to the ability to smell). Patient can also have trouble sleeping—or, perhaps more accurately, trouble sleeping well.
Whether these issues arise before surgery or after will have some bearing on whether you need a revision procedure. However, whether surgery has caused the issue or simply failed to correct the issue, it’s likely that more surgery (that is, a revision procedure) will likely be required.
Your surgeon will usually be able to tell you whether surgery is capable of fixing the issue. In some cases it’s not. It is worth noting, however, that the mitigation of functional issues of the nose will require rhinoplasty surgery and cannot be accomplished with non surgical techniques.
Reason #2: You Can’t Stop Looking at Your Nose
Rhinoplasty procedures are performed for both therapeutic and aesthetic reasons. (In many cases, in fact, nose jobs are performed for both reasons.) When a rhinoplasty is performed for aesthetic reasons, it can be a little more difficult to ascertain whether you should get a revision procedure. That is to say that “good results” tend to be a bit more relative.
Most patients will go into a rhinoplasty procedure with a desired final result in mind. That is, they know what they want their noses to look like. Sometimes that will change through the course of consultations in order to make the nose compatible with the rest of the face.
If you have had rhinoplasty surgery, it will take several months for you to see the final results. In fact, it usually takes swelling 6 – 12 months to fully subside. Don’t worry—you’ll usually be able to see your results sooner than a year after surgery! But it’s important not to make any snap judgments about your nose before you’ve had a chance to fully heal.
Once that healing is complete, it can be challenging to know whether you truly need a revision procedure performed. But here are a couple of signs that you might want to consider a revision procedure:
- You are completely unhappy with the way your nose looks (okay, that was an easy one)
- You find yourself staring at your nose
- You feel that your nose does not “fit” with the rest of your face
- Your nose feels too big or too small for your face
- You suddenly notice other issues with your nose—bumps or droops, for example
Non Surgical Revision Options
Patients today have many options to choose from should they decide to go forward with a revision procedure. In some cases (such as the functional changes listed above), surgical revision rhinoplasty will be required.
However, many patients today decide to use a non surgical revision rhinoplasty. These non surgical procedures use the injection of dermal fillers to add volume to the nose and, therefore, change its shape.
Many patients seeking a revision option prefer non surgical revision rhinoplasty for the following reasons:
- Non surgical revision rhinoplasty offers almost instant results, so patients can see their results (and sign off on them) quickly
- Non surgical revision rhinoplasty can be performed with very little patient discomfort
- Non surgical revision rhinoplasty does not require surgery (obviously) or downtime and recovery
In other words, the procedure can be performed quickly and with very little discomfort, all while generating fantastic results. Of course, those results are often temporary, but they can be maintained with regular injections.
If you want to know more about revision rhinoplasty procedures, contact Dr. Alexander Rivkin—the inventor of the non surgical nose job—in order to schedule a confidential consultation.
It’s About Being Happy With Your Nose
Here’s the thing about rhinoplasty. Most people don’t want to think about their noses. That’s why they get a nose job in the first place. Having to get a revision rhinoplasty can be especially discouraging—you thought you were going to be free from thoughts about your nose, but you have to go through another procedure.
However, patients who do get a revision rhinoplasty procedure performed are usually happier with the results. This is especially true of non surgical revision rhinoplasty, which offers patients immediate results (and relief, if they are tired about worrying about their noses).
Many patients are interested in learning more about what non surgical revision rhinoplasty can do for them and how they can benefit from the procedure. If you want to know more, contact Dr. Alexander Rivkin to schedule a confidential consultation—during which you can discuss the best way to achieve your desired final results with non surgical revision rhinoplasty.