The popularity of nose jobs, AKA rhinoplasty, to change the size, shape or appearance of the nose does not show any signs of slowing down in the near future. Patients have rhinoplasty to alter or enhance the look of their nose while some patients also have rhinoplasty in order to improve their breathing ability on a daily basis. While many people are happy with the look of their nose after the surgery, there are other patients that return to their surgeon; of they visit a new surgeon, to get a second rhinoplasty procedure. They are often looking to address a new or uncorrected issue with the nose or to simply try and improve the results of the first rhinoplasty procedure. In addition, patients are often looking to have revision rhinoplasty because their original nose job was performed when different trends and celebrity inspirations were in style.
According to numbers released by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 94% of surgeons surveyed say they performed a revision rhinoplasty procedure in 2018. While many patients are deciding to have rhinoplasty revision, doctors do warn that having a revision procedure could result in patients deciding to make even more revisions and changes to surgery results that they viewed in the past.
Revision rhinoplasty has been called the “procedure of millimeters” because a change in just one millimeter of the nose can make a significant change in its appearance.
Revision rhinoplasty is not easy to perform sometimes as the nose is considered to be one of the most challenging areas of the face for surgery because it is in the center of the face. This means the anatomy of the area with the nose, as well as the blood supply near the nose, is complex in nature. The nose hosts an entire bone support network and the natural appearance of the nose also helps to identify the heritage and background of a person.
The nose is also different from other areas of the body if the patient is not satisfied with the results. The results cannot be covered with makeup or long hair like other parts of the body.
Even with these complications regarding revision rhinoplasty, a good number of patients are still having the procedure as reported by the statistics discussed above.
According to the statistics released by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery regarding the year 2018, rhinoplasty was the most popular procedure as it was performed by 96% of the surgeons that were surveyed. As mentioned above, 94% of the surveyed surgeons say they performed revision rhinoplasty surgery. While some patients want to have revision surgery because of a general dissatisfaction with their results, there are others that are not happy with their results because the surgery was not performed by a doctor that is experienced in rhinoplasty surgery or the doctor is not an ear, nose and throat doctor. Since revision rhinoplasty is considered to be more complicated than the initial rhinoplasty surgery, patients are advised to do proper research and make sure the surgeon they choose is experienced in performing rhinoplasty surgery.
Revision rhinoplasty is also rising in popularity because of changing trends in the aesthetic appearance of a person. For example, a pinched tip was popular years ago with female patients but that trend has changed to one that favors a more natural appearance. The change in the popular aesthetic appearances of a person means many of those female patients are now visiting surgeons to make another change in the appearance of their nose.
While some patients are simply happy to achieve the desired changes to their nose, there are others that describe the experience as life-changing. The patients that undergo rhinoplasty are not simply “everyday people”. Many celebrities have also admitted to having rhinoplasty and being thrilled with the changes.
Lisa Kudrow told The Saturday Evening Post that she had a nose job and said “I went from, in my mind, hideous to not hideous. That was a good, good, good change.”
Fitness expert Jillian Michaels told People she had rhinoplasty when she was 16 years of age because she was bullied over her appearance. “I’ll be honest, it did change my life. Not to say you should let your physicality define you, but there are some things that can make people feel really insecure.”
The first step in an initial rhinoplasty surgery, or a revision rhinoplasty procedure, is scheduling a consultation appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon experienced in performing rhinoplasty. An experienced surgeon will discuss the desired changes to the face and let the patient know if the results will be natural in appearance and if they will balance the other features of the face.
In addition, a patient should wait at least a year before having revision rhinoplasty as they should wait for the completed healing process from the first rhinoplasty surgery.
Patients that do not want to visit the original surgeon that performed the first rhinoplasty surgery should visit a doctor that specializes in revision rhinoplasty.
Finally, patients should not expect perfection with their rhinoplasty results. They should expect to see an improvement in their appearance according to the realistic results discussed with them by their surgeon. Patients that are chasing some version of perfection in their mind will likely not be satisfied with any initial rhinoplasty results as well as the results they will receive from undergoing revision rhinoplasty.