Unfortunately, not every plastic surgery procedure produces the desired outcome. If you are unhappy with the results of a previous operation, revision surgery may be appropriate for you.

Sometimes a previous surgery has actually caused new problems—such as a crooked nose, asymmetrical breasts, or prominent scarring. Or maybe it simply didn’t accomplish what you’d expected. In either case, corrective surgery may be in order.

Revision surgery generally shouldn’t be performed for at least a year after the initial operation, since changes can continue to take place during that time. To give you an informed view of what’s involved and what you might realistically expect, Dr. Jensen will be happy to discuss revision surgery with you during an in-office consultation.

Revision Rhinoplasty

One of the most common—and complex—corrective procedures is revision rhinoplasty. Perhaps a prior nose surgery left you with an unattractive bump, or the tip of your nose lacks definition. Or in the process of correcting aesthetics, breathing problems were introduced. Revision rhinoplasty can address such problems.

The basic procedure is the same as for regular rhinoplasty, but the process can be complicated by the presence of scar tissue from the prior surgery, and by the fact that there may be little material left for restructuring. In some cases, cartilage will need to be taken from the ear or ribs, or a synthetic grafting material may be used. Because revision rhinoplasty is so intricate, it’s extremely important to seek out a board-certified surgeon who has extensive training and experience in this specialized procedure.

Recovery from revision rhinoplasty is similar to that for an initial rhinoplasty. Following the surgeon’s post-surgery care instructions is critical for optimal healing. The final results may not be evident for many months, but most patients can get back to their regular routines within a week or so.