What To Do If You Aren’t Happy With Your Primary Rhinoplasty
Making the decision to proceed with a rhinoplasty is a big step; one that most likely requires a lot of time, research, and financial planning. Try to imagine the excitement involved in anticipating your final result. Unfortunately sometimes a primary rhinoplasty doesn’t produce the aesthetic or functional result desired by the patient. So, what should you do if you are unhappy with your rhinoplasty? Seek out a board certified facial plastics surgeon, like Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, who has extensive experience performing revision rhinoplasty procedures.
Dr. Azizzadeh, Beverly Hills rhinoplasty specialist has helped countless patients who find themselves in this situation. Dr. Azizzadeh is a Harvard-trained specialist in nasal and facial plastic surgery. He is double board certified in both facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology which results in an extremely high level of expertise with both the aesthetics and function of the nose. He has been recognized as a Top Doctor by the US News and World Report for rhinoplasty and is the author of five best-selling books including the definitive rhinoplasty textbook Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty.
Patients that are unhappy with the results of their primary rhinoplasty are usually grappling with a lot of different emotions. Expectations are high, and after hoping to love their nose post-surgery, the disappointment that comes with an unsatisfactory result can be even more devastating. This is when many people try to find a doctor to perform a revision rhinoplasty. Revision is the term used to describe secondary procedures. Research shows that rhinoplasty has the highest revision rate out of all cosmetic procedures with the national average being 15-20%. Many patients who seek revisions state that they knew something was wrong right when the cast was taken off their nose. This creates a sense of urgency to get it fixed as soon as possible. However, patients must wait 12 – 24 months before having a revision.
Although it’s extremely hard to be patient, it’s important to give your nose the appropriate amount of time to heal after the primary surgery. While from the outside, your nose will look much less swollen 7-10 days after surgery, there is swelling that needs to go down on the inside that can take up to a year or two to resolve. Dr. Azizzadeh recommends waiting at least a full year after the first surgery before getting a revision to make sure that the internal swelling is completely gone. This helps to ensure that the nose will be at baseline when the second surgery is performed and won’t continue to heal and change after the revision has taken place.
Who Should Perform Revision Rhinoplasty?
Patients who are in need of a revision rhinoplasty face a difficult decision: go back to their original surgeon or find a new doctor. If you continue to have a great relationship with your original surgeon and they have expertise in rhinoplasty then it would be wise to continue your care under them. Occasionally, the trust between the patient and doctor who performed the primary rhinoplasty is hindered. If you decide to look for a new doctor there are a few important things to be aware of. It’s always important to ask about the doctor’s credentials and find out how often they preform revisions. You want to go to an expert, someone who truly specializes in revisions, as they are some of the most complex plastic surgery procedures. Expertise with this procedure is key in ensuring that the patient gets the best possible outcome and do not experience any further complications. Ask to see before and after pictures of other revision surgery’s that the doctor has performed, and if possible ask to speak to a patient who has had a revision. This can be a great way to get questions answered from the patient perspective. Finally, trust your instincts. If you are questioning your decision to go with a specific surgeon for your revision, you probably want to consult with other doctors. You’ve already been though a lot with your primary rhinoplasty so you want to be confident with your choice when it comes to your revision rhinoplasty surgeon.
If you are considering a revision rhinoplasty, trust your nose to facial specialist surgeon Dr. Babak Azizzadeh. For more information contact The CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery.