Revision or secondary rhinoplasty is a procedure that corrects deformities caused by a previous operation on the nose. Some patients who have undergone a previous rhinoplasty, or nose job, may be unhappy with the results, either for functional or cosmetic reasons. In some cases, a revision rhinoplasty may be performed.
A revision rhinoplasty can be a more difficult procedure to perform than primary rhinoplasty because there may be less cartilage to work with and there may be scarring or tissue contracture or tightening within the nose. In some cases, additional cartilage may be taken from the ear or even the ribs to reconstruct the nose.
For dissatisfied patients, revision rhinoplasty is not always the only option available to correct problems with a previous surgery. Some doctors can correct deformities or fill gaps or grooves within the nose with injections of medical liquid silicone.
Patients should consult with their doctor or plastic surgeon if they are dissatisfied with the results of a previous rhinoplasty and see what options are available to improve both the appearance and the function of the nose.