When it comes to some complications in plastic surgery, it is vital to address them immediately. Infections and other complications that affect safety should not be left to improve on their own. But when it comes to some aesthetic complications or poor results, a second surgery to address the problem should usually wait, especially when it comes to rhinoplasty. As one of the most complex and difficult cosmetic procedures that are routinely performed in the United States, rhinoplasty has a relatively high rate of revision. If your rhinoplasty did not go as planned, and you are thinking about moving forward with a second surgery, you will need to wait a while before you can pursue a revision. Do you know why?
The Slow Healing Process
The most important reason to wait on revision surgery has to do with the lengthy healing process of rhinoplasty. While many procedures take several months to fully heal, residual swelling from rhinoplasty can often take a year or more to resolve. Patients can go back to work within about two weeks, but the nose is fragile and swollen for the first few months, and takes longer than this to heal fully. Because it is not possible to accurately predict healing in every case, doctors wait to see what the final results will be before moving forward. Some issues can resolve themselves or get worse over time, so it pays to postpone a second surgery.
Getting Used to the Look
The nose is a very prominent facial feature, and it is not possible to fully prepare oneself for the major changes that take place during rhinoplasty. For the first two weeks, the nose will be extremely bruised and swollen, and patients will not see much hint of their results. After this, it can take a while to get used to the new nose, and many patients default to dissatisfaction because the results do not match up exactly with their mental image of their ideal results. Often, all that is needed is a little time to warm up to the new nose, and patients forget about further changes, enjoying the results of their procedure. Of course, if months go by and the patient is still dissatisfied, it may be time to seek revision.
Research & Planning
For patients who experienced complications or simply did not like the results of surgery, planning for a revision procedure involves a great deal of planning and research. While some patients feel comfortable returning to their surgeon for the procedure, others will need to select a new specialist to perform the operation. Revision rhinoplasty is extremely difficult, due to the complexity of rhinoplasty overall combined with weakened nasal structures and scar tissue from the initial procedure. For patients selecting a new surgeon for the second surgery, there is no such thing as too much research and planning.
Are Your Expectations Realistic?
Rhinoplasty can produce excellent results and vast improvement in many different functional and aesthetic issues, but it can only do so much. Some patients expect too much from the procedure, and then are disappointed when the results do not live up to these expectations. Patients considering revision rhinoplasty need to consider their expectations and ensure that these expectations are realistic before pursuing a second surgery. Digital previews can be helpful for planning purposes, but the final results will vary from the preview, and should not be taken as an absolute.
Discussing Your Case
If you would like advice about your nose and potential revision surgery, then you will want to speak to an expert with years of experience in revision rhinoplasty. Because rhinoplasty is such a custom procedure, a unique approach is needed for each surgery. This kind of flexibility requires a great deal of skill, artistry, knowledge, and flexibility, qualities that all rhinoplasty specialists need to succeed. If you are looking for expert advice and a surgeon you can trust in the Boston area, come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA ,to schedule a consultation with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover has over two decades of experience, and focuses much of his talent on creating good rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty results for patients of all backgrounds. Call either location today to schedule a consultation.