Rhinoplasty is an extremely popular procedure that can correct a wide range of functional and aesthetic issues in the nose. Unfortunately, rhinoplasty surgery doesn’t always go as planned. It is a complex surgery that requires a skilled hand and involves a number of factors that are not always completely controllable. Because of this, a percentage of patients will have to undergo a second surgery known as revision rhinoplasty to correct problems following the initial operation. For example, a common reason patients seek rhinoplasty is to correct a too-large nose or address a large nasal hump on the bridge of the nose. This process can lead to a surgical deformity in some cases: a concave nasal bridge, also known as a “scooped” bridge, which is a problem many people wish to fix with a second surgery.
Causes of a Scooped Bridge
A scooped bridge is primarily caused during the initial rhinoplasty surgery when too much tissue is taken off the top of the nose. This can easily happen when a large nasal hump is present and over-resection of the hump occurs. A more conservative approach preserves the natural appearance and avoids a scooped look.
The scooped bridge deformity is fairly common, so surgeons who perform revision surgeries on a regular basis have a number of methods for correcting the problem. Most surgeons use a combination of techniques using natural cartilage grafts from the body to help build up the nasal bridge.
An Artificial Look
While the scooped “ski jump” nose was somewhat popular in the 1980s, techniques have shifted toward a more natural appearance. As a result, the scooped bridge has fallen out of favor as it tends to look artificial. In addition, a scooped bridge can compromise overall facial balance and aesthetics. Most patients today strive for a natural appearance, which usually includes a level or even slightly raised bridge.
For a Natural Revision Surgery, Choose the Best of the Best
If you are facing a second surgery to correct a scooped bridge, then you are probably nervous about the prospect of going through the process again and finding a surgeon you can trust. This is understandable, as it is enough of an ordeal to go through the surgical process once, let alone twice. However, there are many surgeons available who specialize in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty who are very good at producing consistent and favorable results from a second surgery. One such surgeon is Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) and Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA. Dr. Bentkover is board certified and has spent over two decades dedicating himself to the art of primary and revision rhinoplasty. For more information, call to schedule a consultation today.