For one, patients are often unhappy with their prior surgery and may not understand that further rhinoplasty may not be successful in completely correcting cosmetic deformities which were not corrected in the last surgery or occurred as a result of surgery. Scar tissue from prior rhinoplasty is often an issue in revision cases and can limit the final outcome since it may recur even after successful revision rhinoplasty. Also, revision rhinoplasty often requires the use of cartilage to replace damaged and/or deficient cartilage removed in the prior surgery.
The nasal septum may be deviated, which requires correction to improve both the appearance of the nose and its function. Nasal obstruction may also be caused by a collapse of the tip cartilages resulting in external valve collapse. Deviation of the nasal septum along with deficiencies in upper lateral cartilages are a common occurrence in revision cases resulting in internal valve collapse requiring the use of cartilage grafts called ``spreader grafts`` to spread open this narrowed area
Despite a surgeon's best efforts, revision rhinoplasty has a higher revision rate than primary rhinoplasty (no prior nasal surgery). It is important that you are aware of this as no ethical plastic surgeon can guarantee the outcome of revision rhinoplasty or any other cosmetic plastic surgical procedure for that matter.
If you are considering revision rhinoplasty then make sure your board-certified plastic surgeon has substantial experience with rhinoplasty. Experienced rhinoplasty surgeons are more likely to see revision cases than those who do this operation infrequently. Look at your prospective surgeon's website to see how many rhinoplasty cases are in their photo gallery. Computer imaging may be helpful for your surgeon to visually communicate what potential outcome you may expect from surgery. Previous rhinoplasty patients are also a great resource for prospective patients; your plastic surgeon should be able to supply you with patients who have offered to speak with you and others and discuss their experience in some detail.
- Excessive bleeding
- Injury to the septum, the wall between the nostrils
- Skin irritation and even skin necrosis
- Nasal blockage caused by swelling
- Complications of anesthesia.