Rhinoplasty can yield a huge confidence boost to people with realistic expectations who know what they want from surgery. Unfortunately, sometimes expectations do not match up with reality, and patients end up dissatisfied with their outcome. Often this is due to lack of skill on the surgeon’s part, which can lead to mistakes in the rhinoplasty surgery. But what happens if you simply do not like the results of your rhinoplasty and want your old nose back? Or what if you experienced aesthetic changes after a functional rhinoplasty you did not want? Here are some things to consider and tips for feeling great about your nose before you start trying to get your old nose back.
Have You Healed?
Before you start rushing into plans to have your nose switched back, first consider whether you have given your nose enough time to heal yet. It takes up to 18 months for all swelling to subside (although after a few months, the shape will not change much). If you had your surgery performed recently, you are not seeing the final version of your nose and should give yourself time to get used to the new look before you decide whether to change it again.
Do You Have Realistic Expectations?
If you are underwhelmed by your results and want your old nose back, think about your expectations and consider whether you have set them too high. Your nose will never be “perfect”, but if that was the expectation you had going into surgery, your opinion of your new nose may be skewed.
Do You Have Functional Issues?
If your nose has developed breathing problems in addition to aesthetic issues, you will probably need to seek surgical correction. These issues may not resolve themselves over time, and can affect your overall health.
Restoring Your Nose
If you are still not impressed with your new nose and would like to try getting your old nose back, you will have to undergo a procedure known as revision rhinoplasty. Revision rhinoplasty is a secondary surgery on the nose to fix mistakes made during the initial operation or arising from healing. Depending on the situation, some features of your old nose can be fixed through revision rhinoplasty using similar methods to the first surgery. Revision surgery cannot be performed until around a year following the initial rhinoplasty, in order to give the nose adequate time to heal.
Drawbacks of Revision Rhinoplasty
Revision rhinoplasty typically costs more than the initial surgery, unless you work out something with your original surgeon. However, this is often a bad idea, as the original surgeon may not have the skill to fix his or her mistakes properly, and could make the situation worse. Revision rhinoplasty is more expensive because the procedure gets progressively more difficult with each surgery, due to the growing scarcity of cartilage for grafting, weakened nasal support, and scar tissue. Revision surgery is not to be done lightly, as there is a potential for yet another undesirable outcome that should be avoided if at all possible.
Realize the Limitations
While revision rhinoplasty can restore some of the original features of your nose, you will never get exactly the same nose you had before. There are so many factors pertaining to how the nose will look following surgery, particularly after a second surgery, and while a skilled surgeon can produce wonderful results and predict typical healing, there is no way to make the nose look exactly the way it did before surgery. Consultations with revision rhinoplasty experts will help you figure out what is possible with a second surgery and what is not.
Choose an Expert
Choosing a surgeon is the most important decision that must be made when planning a rhinoplasty, and it is even more important when deliberating a second surgery. Rhinoplasty is a complex surgery to begin with, and it becomes more difficult still when performed for the second or third time on the same patient. Some rhinoplasty surgeons do not offer the service because it is so difficult. Because of this, choosing a revision rhinoplasty expert like Dr. Stuart Bentkover is of utmost importance. Dr. Bentkover offers revision services at Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Worcester (508-363-6500) and Stoneham (617-247-0033), Massachusetts. Dr. Bentkover has decades of experience in giving patients excellent rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty results. Call today to set up a consultation.