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Revision Rhinoplasty

Unfortunately, many people experience unsatisfactory results after undergoing a rhinoplasty or nose surgery. A rhinoplasty that was done poorly may result in breathing problems or an unwanted cosmetic appearance. Given that the nose is the most defining characteristic of the face, rhinoplasty is the most difficult of any plastic surgery procedure to be performed. It is for this reason that only someone who is highly trained and has devoted time to perfecting his or her skills, such as Dr. Christian Paquet, should be performing the procedure.

Patients may desire a revision rhinoplasty due to poor healing from the prior surgery, a lack of adequate communication between the initial doctor and the patient, or due to surgical errors. Regardless of the cause, the goal of revision rhinoplasty is to provide you with an improvement in the overall appearance and function of your nose.

Revision rhinoplasty is an even more complicated procedure than an initial operation, and requires a skilled facial plastic surgeon who is devoted to the intricacies associated with nasal surgery. Dr. Paquet’s surgical expertise, combined with his extensive knowledge of the interplay between form and function, enables him to provide his patients with desired rhinoplasty results.

If you are unhappy with your current rhinoplasty results or have trouble breathing as a result of a prior surgery, revision rhinoplasty with Dr. Paquet may be the answer.

To determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure, Dr. Paquet recommends a private, personal consultation and evaluation. To schedule a consultation please call our Concierge Patient Coordinator at (602) 726-6310 or email us at

Frequently Asked Questions About Revision Rhinoplasty

Frequently Asked Questions

Question - What is a revision rhinoplasty?

A revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to repair complications from a prior nasal surgery, whether they be cosmetic or functional. It is a surgical procedure designed to improve one’s ability to breathe through the nose while simultaneously addressing any aesthetic concerns or improvements that may be warranted. The overall goal of any cosmetic nasal surgery is to improve the nose both functionally and aesthetically, making it more harmonious with the rest of your facial features.

From a breathing perspective, surgery can range from a simple septoplasty (straightening the deviated cartilage and bone between the two nasal passages) to a complete nasal reconstruction involving advanced techniques and grafts.

From a cosmetic perspective, the goal of surgery is to provide a straight nasal bridge and a defined nasal tip and nostrils that fit harmoniously with the surrounding facial features. This often involves several advanced practices and methods, and the use of specifically placed cartilage grafts. In a moderate percentage of revision rhinoplasty cases, cartilage must be taken from behind the ear or from the chest wall (rib) in order to provide adequate grafting material to achieve a desired result.

Given the complexity of revision rhinoplasty, it should only be performed by a highly trained facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Christian Paquet.

Question - Who is the best candidate for a revision rhinoplasty?

The best candidate for a revision rhinoplasty is someone who is in good physical and emotional health and has realistic expectations and goals for surgery. Patients are typically unhappy with their functional or cosmetic outcomes from a prior nasal surgery and desire correction. Given the complexity and difficulty of revision rhinoplasty, realistic goals must be set prior to undergoing surgery and will be discussed in the office with Dr. Paquet during your consultation.

Question - How long do I need to wait after my last rhinoplasty for a revision?

It is generally recommended that patients wait at least one year after their last operation prior to undergoing a revision surgery. This is due to continued wound healing and contraction that would otherwise further complicate revision surgery.

Question - What should I expect with regards to recovery?

All patients are functional very soon after surgery and are ready for social undertakings within approximately 10 days. Patients will have tape and a splint on the bridge of their nose and a few sutures for 1 week after surgery. There is no packing inside of the nose! Everything is removed after 1 week, at which point, other than some continued swelling and mild bruising, patients can typically resume social endeavors. Light activity (walking, low-resistance bike/elliptical) is encouraged after 1 week, and full activity and exercise may be resumed after 3 weeks.

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