One of the last things anyone wants after having a nose surgery is to undergo a second rhinoplasty procedure. For some people, rhinoplasty is the fulfilment to a lifelong dream. They are finally happy with the appearance of their face when they look into the mirror. A successful rhinoplasty can boost confidence and improve self-esteem. But a failed surgery can have a far-reaching impact on every aspect of the person’s life.
Sometimes revision rhinoplasty is the only option a person has for correcting a failed rhinoplasty. And, sometimes the nose job revision surgery is more extensive than the original procedure. The extent of the nose revision depends largely on the reason the original surgery failed.
There are many reasons that rhinoplasty might fail. An inexperienced or underqualified surgeon might make a miscalculation. Unexpected outcomes can occur with any surgeon, however, a surgeon that doesn’t have the skill and experience is more likely to get unexpected results.
Another reason for a failed rhinoplasty is that some noses are harder to work with than others. When the nose and the procedure are both difficult, the potential for a poor outcome is even greater.
Sometimes problems occur post-surgery. Infections, deformities, and breathing disturbances are rare complications. Sometimes these problems result from a non-compliant patient who doesn’t follow the doctor’s orders. For instance, the surgeon might instruct the patient not to wear glasses for a specific time period after the procedure. When they fail to abide, it might result in any of the problems listed here. Although these post-operative complications are unpleasant when they do occur, rhinoplasty revision surgery can often correct the problem. Still, it will save patients the frustration of undergoing a second procedure if they look for the right rhinoplasty specialist from the get-go.
Removing Too Much Bone and Cartilage
Too much bone and cartilage may have been removed in the previous rhinoplasty. Removing too much cartilage might result in deformities of the nose. Revision rhinoplasty may be required to correct the deformity.
What Happens During Rhinoplasty Revision Surgery?
Repairing a nose that is surgically damaged is always challenging. Often, the revision is more complex than the original rhinoplasty. The surgeon must achieve precise three-dimensional shapes using thin and delicate skeletal components. It takes exceptional skill to recreate or strengthen what has been collapsed, shredded, twisted, or even removed.
Achieving mirror-image symmetry is essential for creating a finished structure that is visually straight and that achieves the goal of the rhinoplasty. The structure must be proportioned to the face while maintaining adequate air passages to allow for the healing of skin and soft tissue. Minimising post operative swelling can help reduce the formation of scars while also optimising blood flow to ensure nutrients reach the site of the restoration.
Revision rhinoplasty is commonly considered the most challenging of facial plastic surgery procedures. It takes longer and requires more extensive recovery periods. This makes choosing the right revision rhinoplasty specialist even more important.
When the surgery requires cartilage to be used as graft material, the process is even more extensive. The surgeon first takes cartilage from another area of the same patient’s body before using it to make the nasal repair. In some patients, the septum wall that separates the nasal passages might serve as a source of grafting material. Other options include a conchal graft from the ear and/or costal cartilage from a rib.
There are several options for a surgeon in Sydney for cosmetic and revision rhinoplasty. Take the time to examine a surgeon’s qualifications and experience before you make your choice.
Dr Shahidi trained in Australia and has the highest possible qualification awarded to surgeons in Australia. He has performed thousands of successful surgeries since going into private practice in 2003. Dr Shahidi specialises in structure rhinoplasty, which improves both the function and aesthetics of the nose. His patients agree – he is the best reputation revision rhinoplasty surgeon in Sydney.
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