Question : I’m in Toronto and two years ago I traveled to the States for a nose job with what was supposed to be a very reputable and highly regarded surgeon. What a mistake! Now I’m looking at having revision rhinoplasty closer to home and I want to know what you would need from the original surgeon.
Answer : It is important to remember that even a good surgeon can have not-so-good result. Revision rhinoplasty rates are around 5% to 10% even in the best of hands. I like to have the original operative notes from the surgeon. Your medical records are actually your property and you can request this and the surgeon should be more than happy to give these to you. I like to look at the results and examine the patient and see how well everything turned out. However, the one thing in revision rhinoplasty is that even with my preoperative planning there are always some unknowns. When the nose is finally opened and examined, I may see things that are quite unexpected, but once there I can develop a plan to address the problems and concerns that are present and rebuild the nose.