Why Revision Rhinoplasty Is So Common

Rhinoplasty is one of Dr. Epstein’s favorite plastic surgery procedures. He loves the artistry and the challenge involved in this complex procedure. Creating the perfect balance of form and function requires extensive skill, and Dr. Epstein has honed his abilities performing nasal surgery over decades of practice. As one of Chicago’s top rhinoplasty surgeons and a member of The Rhinoplasty Society, Dr. Epstein is highly sought after for traditional rhinoplasty, ethnic rhinoplasty, and revision rhinoplasty.

Some of our most complex rhinoplasties are revision procedures, patients that come to us with problems stemming from a previous rhinoplasty. Revision procedures can be very difficult due to scarring and tissue damage from previous procedures. Missing bone and cartilage can erode the nasal structure. Dr. Epstein loves a challenge but wishes that revision procedures weren’t so common. Revision rhinoplasty isn’t just medically complex, it can also be emotionally difficult to need a second, unexpected surgery.

Revision rhinoplasty is common, but often avoidable. Learn why revision rhinoplasty occurs and discover tips for avoiding a redo on your rhinoplasty procedure. Call MAE Plastic Surgery at 847-205-1680 to learn more about revision rhinoplasty in Chicago, IL.

What Is Revision Rhinoplasty?

Revision rhinoplasty, also called secondary rhinoplasty, is basically a do-over for rhinoplasty. It occurs when problems arise from previous nasal surgery. These problems may be functional, including breathing problems, or cosmetic, occurring when a patient is unhappy with their results.  Some revision procedures only require a small tweak or refinement, while others are highly complex. For a second-time rhinoplasty, we always recommend working with a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in rhinoplasty. This procedure can be complex and requires a skilled and experienced surgeon.

Common issues that require revision rhinoplasty include:

  • Over or under correction
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Asymmetry
  • Damage or injury occurring after an initial rhinoplasty

Dr. Epstein has performed countless revision rhinoplasty procedures on men and women throughout the Chicago area.

Unhappy With Your Rhinoplasty Results? Wait a Year, Then Come See Us

It takes a long time to fully heal from rhinoplasty. Most patients are back to work and other activities in just a few weeks, but healing continues for a year or more after the initial rhinoplasty surgery. The appearance of your nose will continue to change during this time, as swelling resolves and tissues heal. Be patient and give your nose time to heal, before you make a final judgement on the success of your procedure. Many patients that are initially disappointed in their rhinoplasty results are pleased with their new look after a few months of healing.

If you’re still unhappy with your appearance or have functional issues after a year, it is time to come in for a revision rhinoplasty consultation. Waiting a year gives your nose time to heal, and ensures that bone and tissues are recovered and ready for a successful revision procedure.

Avoiding Revision Rhinoplasty- How to Achieve Your Best Results the First Time

No one wants a second procedure to correct problems after rhinoplasty. Most of the time you shouldn’t need one. Revision rhinoplasty is often preventable. The easiest way to ensure good results from your rhinoplasty procedure is to choose your surgeon carefully.

Dr. Epstein recommends working with a board-certified plastic surgeon that has extensive rhinoplasty experience. This is important for a first-time rhinoplasty, and essential for a revision procedure. Take your time choosing a surgeon and don’t compromise on qualifications or experience. In the Chicago area, Dr. Michael Epstein is a highly respected and sought after choice for first-time and revision rhinoplasty procedures.

Learn more about rhinoplasty at MAE Plastic Surgery by calling our office for a personalized consultation.