1.) Your Nose Needs a Touch-Up
It takes a long time for your nose to completely heal after rhinoplasty surgery and sometimes it can be hard to know what your nose will look like. After the healing is complete, you may notice one or two small things you would still like to change about your nose. This is actually pretty common among revision rhinoplasty patients – they’re generally quite happy with their new nose but they want to make a few small touch-ups.
2.) Your Nose Doesn’t Function Properly
If your primary rhinoplasty doesn’t heal properly, it could result in functional problems for your nose. This includes breathing problems that affect your sleep or ability to exercise and even sinus issues. You want your nose to look great and function properly when you undergo rhinoplasty and, if it doesn’t, you may want to consider a revision rhinoplasty. No rhinoplasty is covered by insurance, but a true specialist will focus on function while attending to the appearance of the nose.
3.) Your Nose Doesn’t Really Work With Your Face
Skill and experience in rhinoplasty surgeons is not the same across the board. Some surgeons only know how to do a handful of nose shapes or sizes or don’t have the experience needed to handle much variety. If you saw a surgeon like this for your primary rhinoplasty, you may now have a nose that doesn’t seem quite right for your face. Dr. Hobgood will ask questions about your style, your occupation, and your hobbies. We want to understand your personality and your goals.
A nose should be proportional to your other facial features and promote facial harmony. It blends in well but also stands out as its own unique feature. What works for your nose doesn’t necessarily work for another person’s nose. If you feel like your nose doesn’t fit your face after primary rhinoplasty, even if all you can say about your nose is that something seems “off”, you may want to consider visiting a revision rhinoplasty surgeon.
4.) Your Nose Has Experienced New Trauma or Injury
Undergoing rhinoplasty doesn’t make your nose infallible. It is still vulnerable to injury or other serious types of trauma, especially in the first year or two after your surgery. In fact, your nose could become slightly more fragile even after completely recovering because the cartilage and soft tissue have been restructured.
If you do injure your nose after having rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty can help to repair it. The only caveat is that scar tissue from previous surgeries can make revision rhinoplasty more challenging for the surgeon. For this reason, it will be important to find a surgeon who is experienced in both primary and revision rhinoplasty.
5.) Your Previous Rhinoplasty Didn’t Turn Out the Way You Had Hoped
Occasionally, revision rhinoplasty patients don’t have a small problem, they have a BIG problem in the form of a botched surgery. This is when your nose is just a complete and total mess. Your nose looks much worse now than it did before you had rhinoplasty. This can include anything from a severely upturned nose to a complete collapse of the internal cartilage. No matter what embodies your botched nose, revision rhinoplasty can help to rebuild and return your nose to a normal state.
Choose a Qualified Surgeon for Your Rhinoplasty
Plastic surgeons aren’t perfect and plastic surgery isn’t a guaranteed process. However, choosing an experienced and qualified surgeon for your primary rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty dramatically decreases your risk of complications and problems. Dr. Todd Hobgood is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in revision rhinoplasty. In fact, about 40% of his patients are revision rhinoplasty patients. Dr. Hobgood has operated on over 3,000 patients and is truly a rhinoplasty expert. You can learn more about his work by checking out his revision rhinoplasty before and after photos here.
You can schedule a virtual or in-person consultation with Dr. Hobgood by contacting his office in Scottsdale, AZ at (480) 418-6415. During your consultation, Dr. Hobgood will assess your nose and discuss the procedure with you, including the recovery process. You’ll also learn about revision rhinoplasty costs and the guidelines you should follow before and after surgery. Our team is standing by to help you!