A New Hampshire plastic surgeon, Mark Constantian, M.D., collected the records of 121 women and 29 men who had revision rhinoplasty over 16-months. And, get this: the study group previously had anywhere from one to eight previous nose jobs and rhinoplasty revisions, with the average being 3.6 each. That’s a lot of surgery on one nose!
(Read the revision rhinoplasty study.)
Revision rhinoplasty helps unhappy patients with a first – or even a secondary nose job. Dr. Constantian studied the various complaints and found 41 percent of revision rhinoplasty patients want the revision surgery for the same reasons people look for a first nose job: they crave a nose that fits their faces and does not call attention to itself.
Typically, a once straight nose had become crooked after surgery, the study revealed. (Continued below.)
The patient below and left was left with an overdone, scooped out nose in a first rhinoplasty done elsewhere. Using non-surgical rhinoplasty, the bump on her nose was corrected a little at a time with the facial filler Silikon 1000 injected above and below the bump. (Robert Kotler, M.D. photo)
(Continued.) In particular, 33 percent said a first rhinoplasty did not correct the deformity. Another 15 percent complained about loss of personal or ethnic characteristics of the nose.
The study illustrates one consideration in rhinoplasty. And that simple truth is: there’s just no accounting for Mother Nature’s handiwork.
Often, a cosmetic plastic surgeon will use the patient’s own tissues to improve the look of the nose’s outside. But in some cases – as in many of Dr. Constantian’s patients – the added tissues in a first or revision rhinoplasty might continue to:
- Slip out of position
While the plastic surgeon probably did faultless surgery, Mother Nature’s doings are beyond a surgeon’s bailiwick and control.
However, there is a way around the conundrum: non-surgical rhinoplasty, a procedure that changes a nose’s appearance without operating on the inside.
Used only if no internal surgery for better breathing is needed, non-surgical rhinoplasty uses a syringe and tiny, micro-droplets of a facial filler to repair a nose with marks, scars, pocks, divots or even a low bridge or a nasal hump.
The best news of all: the procedure – also known as injection rhinoplasty – costs 80 percent less than surgery.
Injection rhinoplasty is completed in three to five short office appointment separated by waits of about six weeks each.
(Learn more about non-surgical rhinoplasty.)