Primary versus Revision Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance or correct the function of the nose. While there is no one ideal nose that is suitable for all face types, having the rhinoplasty procedure


Primary versus Revision Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance or correct the function of the nose. While there is no one ideal nose that is suitable for all face types, having the rhinoplasty procedure done can deliver dramatic results for individuals who wish to improve the appearance and function of their nose.

Aesthetics isn’t the only reason people undergo rhinoplasty. Traumatic injuries to the nose, some types of cancer or birth defects can lead to decreased function of the nose, making breathing difficult, painful or even impossible without corrective surgery. For patients who have never had a rhinoplasty procedure performed, this initial surgery is referred to as a “primary rhinoplasty“.

Sometimes a primary rhinoplasty procedure doesn’t produce the desired aesthetic or functional result or was unable to completely achieve its corrective goal. Revision rhinoplasty is the term used to describe secondary or subsequent rhinoplasty procedures. These subsequent procedures are performed to improve breathing issues and/or correct poor aesthetics – most often due to the patient not being pleased with the first results or some other adverse effect of the first procedure. Structural support of the nose with patient’s own cartilage is the single most important aspect of revision rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty has a higher revision rate than any other cosmetic procedure – the national average is 15-20%. Expertise in the procedure is key in helping achieve the best possible outcome. Dr. Babak Azizzadeh is the Director of the Center for Rhinoplasty and Nasal Reconstruction; his rate of revision is less than 5%.

Most cases of primary and revision rhinoplasty are performed in an outpatient setting with board-certified anesthesiologists. Patients will wear a cast on their nose for about a week after either procedure, at which time sutures from the procedure will be removed. Some bruising is possible during the first week and patients are allowed to return to their normal routines after th7-10 days or when their personal comfort level allows.

An in office consultation can help determine whether rhinoplasty is the right choice for you and allow us to show you what our staff can do to help you achieve your desired results.