Revision Rhinoplasty


The shape and size of your nose play a significant role in your overall looks.

If you are dissatisfied with the way your nose looks following a rhinoplasty procedure, you may want to have it reshaped. A revision rhinoplasty can drastically change your looks and give you the nose you have always wanted by correcting a prior procedure.

  • You may be a candidate if you feel like your original procedure did not give you enough of the results you were looking for.
  • Some patients want to refine their nose after a previous surgery, or have trouble breathing afterward and need the issue corrected.

What is a Revision Rhinoplasty?

A revision rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that revises or alters the shape, size, and overall appearance of your nose after a prior rhinoplasty. For the original procedure, some patients undergo this type of surgery not so much to improve the look of their nose but to repair issues like a deviated septum, uneven nostrils, or bumps on the bridges of their nose.

How is a Revision Rhinoplasty Performed?

In most instances, a revision rhinoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure. Before the surgery starts, you will be put under general sedation.

After you are asleep, your surgeon will make an incision either on the inside of your nose or in the tissue that separates the nostrils. The placement of the incision is designed to conceal and make it difficult to see after you are fully healed. After the incision is made, the surgeon will gently lift the skin to expose the cartilage and bone in your nose. He or she will then reshape the bone and cartilage to achieve the desired cosmetic results. The skin will then be lowered and sutured closed with surgical glue or stitches.

Revision Rhinoplasty Recovery

Unlike other types of cosmetic surgeries, a revision rhinoplasty can take up to a year from which to fully recover. You will be physically healed from the surgery for the most part after two to three weeks. However, the full effects of your surgery will not be visible until a year afterwards. For this reason, you should wait approximately one year following your original rhinoplasty before having a revision. It takes time for all of the minor swelling to go down, and for all of the scar tissue to soften.

When you get home after your revision, your face will be bruised and swollen. You also may be in a fair amount of pain. Your surgeon may prescribe pain relievers for you to use for the first few days. The bruising and swelling may extend from your nose all the way to your eyes. Be sure to follow the doctor’s instructions for a smooth recovery.