Question: I’ve heard that revision rhinoplasty is more challenging than primary rhinoplasty. How is this so?
Answer: Revision rhinoplasty refers to performing a surgery after a rhinoplasty surgery has been done to correct remaining abnormalities. Abnormalities may be present in the appearance of the nose or they may involve the function of the breathing of the nose. After the first or primary rhinoplasty, scarring and tissue changes occur. This means for secondary surgery, the plains of dissection are more difficult. In addition, depending on what has been done in the first rhinoplasty, tissues may be removed and incisions will be made which would cause changes to the nose. Revision rhinoplasty is more complex than primary rhinoplasty. Sometimes even a revision rhinoplasty cannot achieve all the results you want due to the physical limitations of the tissue and the scarring. However, if someone is unhappy with their primary rhinoplasty surgery an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon can often improve the appearance.