When you’re considering revision rhinoplasty, it can be an emotional experience. After all, you’ve already gone through the surgery and recovery process once, only to have results that you’re not happy with. When you want the best revision rhinoplasty results in New York, it’s important to go to a renowned expert.
At Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery, we’re committed to providing our patients with a positive cosmetic surgery experience from start to finish, especially for those patients seeking a revision rhinoplasty.
What’s different about revision rhinoplasty results
Rhinoplasty is a complex and delicate surgery that’s best performed once. However, there are some circumstances when a revision rhinoplasty is necessary or desired.
Because of the procedure’s complexity, it’s important to find the best revision rhinoplasty surgeon. Your surgeon needs a high degree of experience, knowledge, subtlety, and an eye for detail to achieve successful revision rhinoplasty results. In New York, Dr. Steven Pearlman is a well-known expert on rhinoplasty and dedicates most of his practice to rhinoplasty and revisions.
Am I a candidate for revision rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty is about restoring form and function. It corrects complications from one or more prior rhinoplasties and/or corrects less-than-ideal results from previous nasal surgery.
You might be a candidate for revision rhinoplasty if you’re unhappy with your results, are at least one year from your previous rhinoplasty, and have realistic expectations for what’s possible for this surgery.
You’re unhappy with your original results
It’s important to remember that it’s not always a failure of the previous surgery that leads to the need for revision. Cartilage is a complex component of the body that can move over time. There are many moving parts in the nose that must work in harmony to both look good and work well which is why rhinoplasty has the highest incidence of revision of any operation in cosmetic surgey.
Common reasons for revision include:
- Excessive scar tissue
- Breathing issues
- Nasal obstruction
- Crooked noses
- Collapse of nasal bridge
- Restoring projection (how far the tip sticks out from the face)
- Too short or an up-turned nose
You have realistic expectations about surgery
There are limits to what’s possible with a revision rhinoplasty, simply because of the delicate nature of the facial anatomy.
It’s also important to understand that revision rhinoplasty will come with a dedicated recovery period that’s about the same timeline as a primary rhinoplasty.
It’s been at least one year since your primary rhinoplasty
If it’s been less than a year since your original rhinoplasty and your concerns are only cosmetic, Dr. Pearlman will likely advise that you wait until at least a year has passed before talking through the possibilities for revision rhinoplasty.
Getting a revision rhinoplasty done too soon after your original makes your results less guaranteed because the nose hasn’t finished healing from the first surgery yet.
The Benefits of Revision Rhinoplasty
With his years of experience and expertise, Dr. Pearlman provides some of the best revision rhinoplasty results in NYC. Because of this, you can expect to experience several benefits from your revision rhinoplasty at Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery.
The nose is a sensory organ, so its form and function are directly related. Improving the form should never sacrifice the function, and often improving the function can enhance the form.
Restoring the appearance of your nose is of the utmost importance, but you can rest assured your nasal airflow should not be be compromised and is always a consideration. Additionally, you’ll have expert recommendations on how to improve your breathing.
Natural looking results
One of the biggest concerns or complaints following a primary rhinoplasty is that the results don’t look natural. We also understand how upsetting it can be to feel you’ve lost an essential component of your facial structure, facial ethnicity or to feel frustrated with how your features look after a rhinoplasty.
While your nose may not look exactly the same as it did before your primary rhinoplasty, the Pearlman medical team can get it as close as possible to your desired results. Dr. Pearlman has honed his skill in many new revision rhinoplasty techniques, and he uses them to achieve the most natural-looking results possible.
As a central facial feature, the nose has a profound effect on your overall appearance and confidence. When a rhinoplasty goes wrong, or the results look unnatural and unbalanced, it affects the way you see yourself and how you interact with the world.
Don’t let the disappointment caused by your primary rhinoplasty, or even multiple prior nasal surgeries, affect you for the rest of your life. You can achieve a much more balanced facial profile and experience a renewed sense of self with the right revision rhinoplasty results in New York. We often hear patients asking if each surgery can increase the risk of structural compromise. For most patients, revision rhinoplasty is more about restoring and often enhancing structure, so that should not be a concern.
Dr. Pearlman has studied this procedure in depth and is among New York City’s—and the nation’s—best revision rhinoplasty surgeons. Other rhinoplasty surgeons often ask him for advice, and many of his colleagues and peers send their difficult cases to him.
Of all the rhinoplasty surgeries Dr. Pearlman performs, over 50% of them are revisions, meaning he performs revisions on well over 125 noses a year. When it comes to this industry, you can’t beat true and true experience in the field.
At Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery, we always provide guidance and support for you every step of the way. During your time with us, you’ll also receive one-on-one support and counseling with our patient care coordinator, Stefanie Dailey.
How long does it take to see the results from revision rhinoplasty?
The timeline for recovery from revision rhinoplasty might be slightly longer than a primary rhinoplasty surgery since more surgery might be performed and the procedure usually takes longer than a primary surgery
Patients usually feel well enough to work from home by day 3. Your cast will still be on though for 8 days so you might want to keep your zoom camera off!
You’ll probably be feeling more like yourself by the end of the first week and most of the bruising will be gone by the end of the second week.
Most patients will see approximately 85% of their results at 1 month out, 90% of results at 6 months out and 95% at 1 year.
What to look for in your revision rhinoplasty surgeon
It’s especially important to vet your surgeon when you’re looking for any type of cosmetic surgery, but perhaps especially for facial plastic surgery.
It’s always recommended—but crucial with a revision surgery—to find a board-certified facial plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty specialist.
Quality before and after images
You should always ask to see previous patients’ before and after images during your consultation. It will also give you the opportunity to ask questions about the process for particular cases.
Things you should consider when viewing the images:
- Do these patients look like me?
- Do I like the results I’m seeing? Do they look natural?
- Are the before and after images consistent in setup, lighting, and angles?
- Do not rely on social media photos. These are often with different lighting and not necessarily a full year post-op, which is necessary for us to use photos on our website.
An in-depth consultation process
You want to have a good rapport with your facial plastic surgeon, and that starts with a comfortable and informative consultation process.
Be prepared to discuss the following:
What do you currently like and dislike about your nose?
For some patients, it’s very easy to name what changes they would like to see, especially for revision rhinoplasty. For others, it may be more difficult to articulate.
With advanced Mirror® 2D, Dr. Pearlman can demonstrate the potential changes to your nose to help you envision your future results with revision and make it easier to talk about your goals.
Why did you have your primary rhinoplasty surgery?
Understanding why you chose to get your original rhinoplasty can help Dr. Pearlman understand the process of the previous surgery. He’ll also likely ask to see images of your nose before your previous surgery if they are available to obtain a better understanding of your anatomy and where you started from
Are you experiencing any breathing problems?
Whether you were experiencing breathing problems prior to your original rhinoplasty or as a result of your first surgery, it’s important for your revision rhinoplasty surgeon to know.
Experience excellent revision rhinoplasty results in New York
As one of the top revision rhinoplasty surgeons in NYC, Dr. Pearlman frequently lectures as a visiting professor on rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and facial aging throughout the world. He is uniquely dual-board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ENT).
He has performed over 7,500 rhinoplasties in his career and has frequently been chosen as a Top Doctor by New York Magazine and Castle Conolly.
Not quite ready for an in-person visit? You can use our virtual rhinoplasty tool to explore our available techniques. Answer a few questions about your goals and we’ll send you customized recommendations right to your inbox!
Nothing can substitute for an in-person examination of your nose, but for out-of-town patients, we can conduct a virtual consultation and arrange surgery based on those findings.