Nine out of ten people who get nose jobs are happy with them, and only about one in thirty needs revision. That’s a pretty good track record, but there is always the risk that you’ll end up with that one in thirty. For example, an inexperienced surgeon may underestimate the thickness of your nasal skin, or overestimate the strength of the cartilage underneath. Or a failure of communication might have caused the surgeon to give you exactly the nose you asked for without mentioning that it would be unsuitable for the structure of your face.
With revision rhinoplasty, you can have your nose fixed, but you’ll have to wait at least a year after the initial surgery. Use that time to find someone who has particular experience in revision rhinoplasty, as this is a more delicate procedure involving tissues that have been rendered more fragile, and things have already gone wrong once. While you’re at it, quit smoking and learn to wear contacts if you have glasses — you won’t want to wear glasses during the recovery.
After any nose job, but especially a revision, you need to look after yourself. Take your pain medication and antibiotics, and try not to cry. You’ll need some calories, but avoid salty foods, which can cause inflammation at the tip of your nose. Drink plenty of fluids and get lots of sleep, keeping your head and torso elevated.
For the next few weeks, you should obviously not bump your nose into anything. In fact, you should avoid pullover sweaters and other garments that could brush against your nose. Keep contact with other people limited, and wash your hands often so you don’t catch a cold or flu — you don’t want to sneeze. If you’re going outside on a sunny day, put sunscreen on your nose. Don’t drink or take aspirin for the first three weeks. Make sure you keep any post-operative appointments you’ve made. Don’t do anything that might raise blood pressure in your head, such as bending over, exercising hard or lifting heavy objects.
Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlotte’s best rhinoplasty surgeon. He’s been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has done nothing but facial plastic surgery, including nose jobs. Many of his patients have already had rhinoplasty done by other surgeons, and come to him for revision rhinoplasty to get the results they really wanted. If you need best rhinoplasty, schedule your appointment today or ask for online consultation to get a discount on the fee.