How To Know If You Need A Revision Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular and commonly done plastic surgeries in Korea, with the nose being the central feature of the face. You might think that once you get a rhinoplasty, you're going to be set for life. However, there is a surprising number of people who experience unwanted side effects or are unhappy with the results of their surgeries. 

Eunogo spoke to Dr. Seo Il Beom, a revision rhinoplasty specialist at Marble Plastic Surgery in Seoul, South Korea, to answer the most frequently asked questions about a revision nose job.

Signs You Need A Revision Rhinoplasty

How do you know if you need a revision surgery? Firstly, you'll need to pinpoint the cause of your dissatisfaction. Is it due to a structural issue or a personal dissatisfaction?

Some examples of common structural issues after surgery:

  1. Movement of nose implant
  2. Deformation of nose implant
  3. Inflammation
  4. Thinning of skin
  5. Implant showing through
  6. Skin discoloration

In these cases, because these are structural problems, a revision surgery will be necessary.

As for personal dissatisfaction, you may find these issues with your nose:

  1. Length of the nose is too long or short
  2. Height of nose is awkward or unnaturally high
  3. Area of nose bridge connecting to the forehead looks unnatural
These could be some of the reasons why you would receive consultation for nose revision surgery. After identifying the aspect of your rhinoplasty that you're dissatisfied with, you'll be able to better plan for your revision surgery.

    What Implants To Choose For Your Revision Surgery

    Firstly, it's not always the case that you have to get a new implant. For cases where the implant is still in good condition but has shifted, the revision surgery will only reposition the implant back to its ideal position.

    For cases whereby the implant is deformed, the implant will be removed and the nose structure will be restored as much as possible. When choosing a new implant, it's not necessary to use the same implant as before. You can choose from either your cartilage bone or an artificial implant materials for your revision surgery. There are several factors to consider when choosing the implant for your revision surgery: the current condition of your nose, the previous implant material used, and the condition of your various cartilages.

    Things You Must Consider When Choosing A Clinic

    When planning a revision nose surgery, an accurate diagnosis of the current condition and its cause is necessary and very important. It is important to find a doctor who can accurately identify the cause and perform personalized surgery that is suited to your case.

    For revision surgeries, since there may be tissues damaged from the previous operation and psychological stress experienced by the patients, it is important to make sure that there is no need for any further revisions in the future. As such, the doctor must ensure that the procedure is not only safe, but also aesthetically satisfactory for the patient.

    Before & After Photos

    Photo: Marble Plastic Surgery

    Here's a before and after photo of a revision rhinoplasty. Since this is a revision surgery, the difference is not as drastic as first-time surgeries. You can still see that the height of the nose bridge was altered to look more natural.


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