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What Is the Difference Between Rhinoplasty and Rhinoplasty Revision? 

Ursula Mannix | November 7, 2023 | Posted in Revision Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, known colloquially as a nose job, is a form of plastic surgery that can help you achieve a nose that is better aligned in shape and size with the overall proportions of your face. Patients who are unsatisfied with how their nose looks after rhinoplasty may choose to go to a different surgeon to get a better result. A second nose job to “fix” how the first one turned out is called a revision rhinoplasty. 

Dr. Thomas Loeb in Manhattan is sought out by patients across the globe for his expertise in both rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty procedures. He is known for his artistic, natural-looking results and for prioritizing patient comfort, safety, and well-being at every stage of the process.  

What Is Rhinoplasty? 

Rhinoplasty is typically performed to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the nose, although the goal of some surgeries is to improve the function of the nose, such as when a patient has breathing problems.  

Rhinoplasties can be complex surgeries, which is why it’s important to choose a trusted plastic surgeon with a demonstrable track record of successful, aesthetically pleasing results. In some cases, the surgeon may need to intentionally break nasal bones in order to reposition them and allow them to heal in their new positions. 

Is Rhinoplasty Right for You? 

Only a plastic surgeon can determine if you are a good candidate for a rhinoplasty. In general, candidates should be nonsmokers who are in good overall health and have reasonable expectations for the outcome of the procedure. 

You should also be fully informed about what the procedure and its recovery will involve. Recovery from rhinoplasty can be rather demanding. You’ll need to: 

  • Refrain from strenuous activities for at least three weeks 
  • Avoid blowing your nose 
  • Avoid facial expressions, such as laughing and smiling 
  • Avoid using eyeglasses and sunglasses for a month 
  • …Among other post-operative instructions 

What Is a Revision Rhinoplasty? 

As previously mentioned, a rhinoplasty is quite a complex surgery and not every surgeon has the skills and ability to achieve beautiful results that meet the expectations of the patient. 

Patients who are dissatisfied with the results of their original surgery may decide to have another nose job with a different plastic surgeon. A revision rhinoplasty is even more complicated than the original surgery.  

Because the patient has already had one surgery on the nose, the surgeon may need to get creative to make additional adjustments. Furthermore, the nose likely already has some scar tissue, which poses additional challenges. 

Healing from a rhinoplasty isn’t like healing from other plastic surgeries. It can take six months to a year for all of the lingering swelling to reside. This means you may not see your true results from the original rhinoplasty until it’s been about a year.  

Because of this, a good candidate for revision rhinoplasty meets these criteria: 

  • Is unhappy with the results of the first surgery 
  • Has waited at least six to 12 months following the original surgery 
  • Can articulate specific attributes about the nose they would like to change 
  • Is in good overall health and a nonsmoker 
  • Has reasonable expectations for the outcome 

The recovery from a revision is similar to that of the healing process for the original surgery. However, it could take even longer for all of the swelling to fully subside. 

Consult a Manhattan Plastic Surgeon 

The single most important factor contributing to the success of a rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty is the surgeon you select. Cosmetic enhancements are not an area where it’s wise to go with the cheapest option without reviewing a practitioner’s credentials. 

Instead, look for a highly trained rhinoplasty surgeon with years of clinical experience. In Manhattan, New York City, rhinoplasty patients turn to Dr. Thomas Loeb. 

Dr. Loeb is a board-certified Manhattan plastic surgeon with exceptional clinical skills and a reputation for natural results that preserve ethnic characteristics. He specializes in fixing the mistakes of other plastic surgeons during revision rhinoplasties, having first achieved international acclaim with his transformation of Paula Jones’ nose. 

Contact our office in NYC to schedule a confidential consultation. 

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