Last year, over 200,000 people had rhinoplasty, which is also called a nose job. Rhinoplasty was the third most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedure. But not everyone was happy with the procedure. About 5-10% of those who had rhinoplasty went on to have it redone.
Many people choose rhinoplasty to improve the look of their nose, face, or profile. But many also undergo the procedure to fix a deviated septum, which can cause sinus and breathing problems. Sometimes patients have the surgery for both reasons. Revision rhinoplasty can correct one or both of those issues, but it’s a more complicated procedure than primary rhinoplasty. Experts say it may even be the most complicated of all plastic surgery procedures.
Why is it such a complex surgery? Your nose is the center of the face, and its balance and composition can greatly affect your appearance. Additionally, your nose helps you breathe. It’s important to balance form and function during rhinoplasty and rhinoplasty revision.
Choosing a surgeon for your rhinoplasty revision is very important. Dr. Cecil Yeung and our team at Houston Sinus Surgery put together this list of things to consider when choosing a surgeon for your rhinoplasty revision:
Choose an experienced surgeon
Because rhinoplasty revision is considered one of the most complex plastic surgeries, you want to find someone with extensive experience with the procedure. Dr. Yeung is double-board certified in otolaryngology (ears, nose, and throat -- ENT) and facial plastic surgery. He’s performed over 4,000 surgeries with less than a 1% redo rate. He has experience in both primary and revision surgeries.
Choose a doctor familiar with the complexities of the nose
An experienced plastic surgeon can help make your nose look better. But a surgeon with experience in sinus and breathing issues as well as cosmetic fixes can help you feel more confident in their ability to make you look and breathe better. His experience as an ENT doctor and as a facial plastic surgeon make Dr. Yeung distinctly qualified to perform revision surgery on the nose.
Find a surgeon who is a good communicator
If you’re unhappy with a previous surgery, it’s essential to find a doctor who understands why your previous procedure was unsuccessful and also who can communicate how they can remedy your issue. Dr. Yeung is an author and sought-after lecturer who also appears regularly on radio and television because of his ability to communicate and educate clearly and compassionately.