Rhinoplasty, better known as a nose job, remains one of the top five plastic surgery procedures, with more than 207,000 performed last year alone. Sadly, about 15% of those go sideways — sometimes literally — and leave you with two options: live with the consequences, or opt for revision rhinoplasty.
If you decide it’s best to fix your nose and get it right this time, no one has to tell you that the surgeon you choose is of the utmost importance. Do your research and prioritize board certification, experience, and success rate. If you live in or around Staten Island or New York City, you have access to one of the leaders in plastic surgery and an expert revision rhinoplasty surgeon — Dr. Robert A. Guida.
He’s double-board certified with the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, and is one of the very few surgeons in the US with an Image-Guided Sinus Surgery Fusion machine in his operating room. That means you get the most qualified physician with the most advanced technology and the very best possible care for your revision rhinoplasty.
Why consider revision rhinoplasty?
By definition, revision rhinoplasty assumes you’ve already had at least one nose job in the past. If you’re looking into revision rhinoplasty, it means something went wrong. The most common reasons people get a second job include:
- The first procedure created a breathing problem
- You want to make some refining tweaks
- The surgeon botched the procedure completely
- Your first surgeon didn’t make your nose proportional to the rest of your face
- You’ve experienced a new injury
Your reason for getting rhinoplasty revision is personal and likely involves emotional considerations as well as financial and logistical ones. Dr. Guida understands the mental and physical trauma you’ve been through and can help you navigate your options and establish clear and reasonable expectations for revision rhinoplasty.
Are you a good candidate for revision rhinoplasty?
Not everyone is an ideal candidate for revision rhinoplasty. At the very least, you should be in good overall health, able to withstand surgery, and have passed the one-year anniversary of your original procedure to make sure all the swelling has subsided and the final results are stable.
Another important factor is your complete understanding of what revision rhinoplasty can and can’t do. This secondary procedure is often even more challenging for the surgeon than the first, so it’s imperative you choose an expert who specializes in revision rhinoplasty, like Dr. Guida.
During your consultation, Dr. Guida discusses your past experiences and your future goals, and whether your chief complaint is functionality, aesthetics, or both.
If scar tissue has built up and caused some breathing issues, that problem may recur even after a successful revision surgery.
If the prior surgery damaged or removed too much cartilage, Dr. Guida may need to graft some cartilage from somewhere else on your body, like your ear or your ribs.
Second surgeries also run the risk of deviating the septum or collapsing internal valves, requiring special grafts to spread the cavity and keep the airway open.
Although these risks are real, they aren’t likely. But you do need to be well informed before making a decision to move forward with revision rhinoplasty.
The upside of revision rhinoplasty
In the right hands, you can expect significant improvements in both the function and form of your nose. Dr. Guida has the skill and experience to correct breathing issues and restore balance, proportion, and symmetry to your face.
If you’re not happy with the results of your nose job, you have options. Call us at either of our two New York locations, or book your consultation with Dr. Guida online today.