As a plastic surgeon in Chicago specializing in rhinoplasty, I frequently perform secondary surgery for patients who went elsewhere for their initial procedure and were unhappy with the results. If you suspect that you need revision rhinoplasty, here are a few indicators:
- Improper symmetry and alignment: the nose looks out of balance, crooked, or misshapen.
- Impaired breathing: you experience breathing difficulty due to nasal obstruction, internal nasal valve problems, or a deviated septum.
- Poor bridge-to-tip relationship: the transition from the bridge to the nasal tip is not in proper proportion.
- Overly wide nose or large tip: the nose or tip looks overly large or broad in comparison to the rest of the face.
- Pinched tip or narrow nose: a pinched tip lacks fullness and appears too narrow. This commonly results when too much cartilage is removed.
- Irregularities in the upper part of the nose: under-correction in the upper part of the nose can result in a beak-like appearance.
- Unnatural operated on look: outdated surgical techniques or a “cookie cutter” approach to surgery often result in an unnatural appearance.
- Short nose: overly aggressive rhinoplasty can create a nose that looks too short. Often, you can see into the nostrils.
These are just a few of the reasons why you may want to consider a secondary nose surgery. However, if you are unhappy with your results in any way, it’s important to seek out the opinion of a board-certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience performing revision rhinoplasty. He or she can evaluate your nose and determine whether or not revision surgery is necessary.