Summary: How can you prepare for revision rhinoplasty procedures? It depends on what you’re trying to accomplish, first and foremost–and how you’re trying to achieve those goals. You should discuss all of your options with your plastic and cosmetic surgeon to ensure that you’re taking the right steps forward on your revision rhinoplasty procedure.
What’s the Best Way to Prepare for Revision Rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty procedure is designed to dramatically alter the nose. The size, the shape, the orientation–surgery of this type is designed to make it all customizable to a certain degree. But the nose is a fickle little piece of anatomy, and it sometimes heals in unpredictable ways. In other words, it’s not always entirely clear how your rhinoplasty is going to turn out. In a small number of cases, patients might not be satisfied with the results.
And in those cases, patients often opt to undergo a revision rhinoplasty procedure. This is, essentially, a second go at your nose job. Revision rhinoplasty will typically attempt to address several specific issues in the first surgery that didn’t turn out exactly as planned. (Of course, in some cases, the rhinoplasty surgery goes perfectly, but patients are unhappy with the results anyway–or their tastes may change over time.)
So how can you prepare for revision rhinoplasty? What should you be doing to get ready for your next nose job procedure? Your plastic surgeon will likely give you very specific instructions about how you should prepare for any surgical procedure. This article is not intended to replace any sort of medical advice. Instead, we’re simply looking to have a conversation about revision rhinoplasty in a general sense. There is, after all, quite a bit you can do to get yourself ready for your revision rhinoplasty procedure.
Motivations for Your Revision Rhinoplasty
The first thing you want to do is ensure that you really do want to undergo a revision rhinoplasty procedure of any kind. First, that means making sure that you are evaluating your final rhinoplasty results. Low level swelling can persist for months after your initial rhinoplasty procedure (even after everything appears healed). And that low level swelling might alter your perception of your nose enough to make you doubt your opinion of the results.
Once the healing process is complete, you can evaluate your motivations for a revision rhinoplasty procedure. Many patients want to undergo a revision rhinoplasty for some combination of these reasons:
- They are unhappy with some aspect of the results of their initial rhinoplasty procedure.
- The nose that patient wanted does not, it turns out, look as aesthetically pleasing on the patient’s face as the patient though it would.
- Something happens during the recovery process to compromise the results of the nose job.
- Tastes in life change with time; it could be that you grow to dislike aspects of your new nose that you once thought you liked.
- The nose encounters a trauma later in life, after the initial surgery.
Most patients will have rather personal motivations driving them towards the desire for a second rhinoplasty procedure. And, at their core, those motivations aren’t all that different from the ones that began the process: patients simply want to feel good about their noses.
Tips for Getting Ready for Revision Rhinoplasty
So what does getting ready for your revision rhinoplasty look like? First and foremost, the number one thing patients can do is simple: wait. Though it might be frustrating, it’s incredibly important that patients wait until the healing and recovery process is entirely complete before seeing anyone about a revision rhinoplasty procedure. For some rhinoplasty patients, this could upwards of twelve months, but it’s an incredibly vital part of the process.
The next thing you can do is consider your options. For some, a non surgical revision rhinoplasty might be the way to go. This will yield temporary results (12-18 months or so), but will require no surgery or downtime.
Then, you’ll want to ensure you’ve made all the necessary preparations for your recovery period. Rhinoplasty, generally speaking, can have an intense recovery period. You want to make sure that you’ve done everything you can to make that recovery period go smoothly. So, prepare meals ahead of time, limit your travel, and make sure to take some time off of work.
Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions
Ultimately, it’s incredibly important that you discuss all of your options with your cosmetic or plastic surgeon. A revision rhinoplasty is, essentially, a re-do or a refinement of your original nose job, so you want to make sure you trust your surgeon–and then do everything in your power to follow your surgeon’s advice.
During your consultation with your surgeon, you’ll discuss whether your revision rhinoplasty is the right move at the right time. How can you prepare for revision rhinoplasty? A lot of talking and a lot of waiting, to start.