How to Find the Right Surgeon for Your Revision Rhinoplasty
If you had a rhinoplasty before and aren’t quite satisfied with the results, you are not alone. Treating a previously “botched” nose from another rhinoplasty done by a different surgeon is something I specialize in and see often. This procedure, often called a revision rhinoplasty, is very complex and requires extensive expertise. I correct both the breathing problems and nasal shape when doing revision rhinoplasty. Let’s talk about how we rebuild your nose and restore facial harmony.
What can you expect during the revision rhinoplasty consultation?
To start, I do a thorough history and physical exam to identify each of the problem areas resulting from your cosmetic surgery done elsewhere. We’ve talked previously about how your past operative notes are helpful to see exactly what was done by the other surgeon. This includes identifying internal scars, noting poor positioning of your cartilage and assessing the consequences of cartilage resection and cartilage removal from your nose. Taking all this along with your areas of concern, together we design your surgical plan for the revision rhinoplasty.
So how exactly do we develop a plan that’s right for you? I draw out each step of the planned surgery for you on a nasal diagram. We need to understand why your nose is the way it is now so we can build the surgical plan accordingly. Is it because too much cartilage was removed? Is it because of internal scars that formed and limited your final result? As we answer these questions, we develop the plastic surgery plan to fix each individual area of concern.
How will this rhinoplasty be better than your last one?
Terms like nasal cripple and empty nose syndrome are sometimes used to describe when the nose has been botched severely. This can be absolutely debilitating for men and women. They have difficulty going out in public. They struggle with breathing day and night. In short, they are forever changed by their bad nose jobs. This can happen because of miscommunication, because of scarring after surgery, or because of poor surgical technique.
Perhaps you had previous rhinoplasty that created more problems in your life than it solved. Or maybe your nose shape just changed over time. Do not despair! Whatever the case, as a board-certified plastic surgeon, I can help restore harmony to your face and restore your confidence.
How much should I budget for a rhinoplasty revision? Visit our cosmetic surgery price guide to find out.
How do you pick the right board certified plastic surgeon?
When it comes to picking the best plastic surgeon, you want someone who will explain the functional impact of every aesthetic maneuver. This is so critical, I will say it again in a different way. You want someone who will explain the consequences of changing your nose in the way you ask.
For example, what if you asked me to narrow your nose? I will explain the effect that could have on your airway. What about if you wanted your nasal tip rotated? Well, if I can see into your nostrils while we are at a conversational distance, then I would explain that rotating your tip more toward the ceiling could create an unnatural appearance. Instead we would discuss ways to improve your nasal shape, length and projection in keeping with your goals using other cosmetic rhinoplasty techniques.
You need a surgeon who 1) understands exactly what is bothering you about your nose, and 2) has the knowledge and ability to fix it or describe alternative options when indicated. Dr. Tannan is here to help.