Designed to alter the structure and shape of your nose, rhinoplasty is a procedure that has changed many lives.
When you first scheduled your rhinoplasty procedure, you probably had no doubt that your results would be everything you’d hoped for. The last thing you anticipated was a nasal collapse.
Very often the surgeon you relied on to help you with this delicate procedure ends up removing more cartilage than was necessary, which can result in a condition called nasal collapse. If this has happened to you, secondary rhinoplasty will be required to improve the appearance of your nose.
Along with treating nasal collapse, revision rhinoplasty can also help you achieve the results you wanted in the first place.
If your nose has become more prominent or you’re experiencing an obstruction of the nasal passageways, you may have developed this condition. The tip of the nose is usually the first area to start looking disproportionate, followed by the side of the nose. If at any point you are worried that you might be experiencing nasal collapse, it’s important to schedule a consultation with a reputable surgeon such as Dr Michael Zacharia who has experience with revision procedures such as this.
The Basics of Secondary Rhinoplasty
Secondary rhinoplasty is planned according to what went wrong with your first procedure. If the corrections are minor, a closed approach will be used, however, if the changes are quite significant, an open procedure will need to be performed. Open procedures are used to alter the structure of the nose because it provides surgeons with a better view of the treatment area. Cartilage from the ribs or ears can be used to rebuild the nasal structures.
Secondary Rhinoplasty Risks & Recovery
It goes without saying that you will need to take the time to find the very best surgeon you can before you consider scheduling secondary rhinoplasty. Not all surgeons have the necessary skills to perform revision surgery, particularly rhinoplasty, which is a complex procedure. Rushing into revision surgery could leave you with permanent damage, so do as much research as you can on potential surgeons.
The length of your recovery will depend on how complex your revision rhinoplasty will be, so this is something that you will need to discuss with your surgeon during your consultation.
It’s also important to note that patients with a severely damaged septum may not be ideal candidates for revision surgery. In some cases, the nose can end up being overcorrected, which only leads to unnatural results and potential functionality issues. An overcorrected nose will not blend well with the rest of your facial features and leave you feeling self-conscience for the rest of your life. It’s never a bad idea to get an opinion from more than one surgeon before you go ahead with secondary rhinoplasty.
It’s very important to tell your new surgeon everything about your first rhinoplasty procedure and to discuss the things you didn’t like about the process and your results. This will allow your surgeon to create a plan that will finally help you achieve the results you were hoping for.