What Happens if You Are Unhappy With Rhinoplasty Results

Woman contemplating with hand on chin

Are you bothered by a dorsal nose hump, an over-projected tip, or a large or crooked nose? If so, you’ve probably been wanting a change for years. You may be excited about finally making those changes with rhinoplasty, and your expectations are high.

Still, there may be a part of you that’s worried about what happens if you are unhappy with your rhinoplasty procedure. What if the surgeon changes your nose too much, and you lose the unique characteristics of your appearance? Rest assured that the purpose of rhinoplasty is not to drastically change your nose but to refine it so that it’s in harmony with the rest of your features.

Knowing what to expect from rhinoplasty and what to do if you’re unhappy with your results can ease many of your worries.

What To Expect During Your Rhinoplasty Procedure

Your plastic surgeon will start by making an incision within the nostrils or across the base of the nose. They will then reshape the cartilage, improving your nose to address your specific concern. A rhinoplasty may take a few hours to complete, and you can usually return home the same day. Read more about what to know before getting a rhinoplasty in our related blog.

What Concerns Can You Improve With a Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty improves cosmetic concerns about your nose. It can also be combined with a septoplasty to address both aesthetic and functional nose issues. It may:

  • Improve a nasal hump or bulbous tip
  • Reshape or resize nostrils
  • Increase or decrease the size of the nose
  • Increase or reduce nose projection
  • Improve breathing issues
Before and after photos of a woman in her 20s who received rhinoplasty at Coastal Plastic Surgery

This woman in her 20s was unhappy with her nasal profile. Shown 3 months after rhinoplasty with dorsal hump reduction, cartilage grafting, and tip refinement.

What Happens if You Are Unhappy With Your Rhinoplasty?

If you are unhappy with your rhinoplasty results, you may have to consider a revision rhinoplasty. Here are a few things you should do to prepare for revision rhinoplasty.

Wait for Your Rhinoplasty To Heal

It’s important to completely heal from your procedure before taking the next step. For most men and women, it takes around 6 months to 1 year to see the final results. After your nose is fully healed, if you are dissatisfied with your results, you can book a consultation with your plastic surgeon to discuss a revision procedure.

Relay Your Concerns To Your Plastic Surgeon

You should disclose your reasons for being dissatisfied with your rhinoplasty to your plastic surgeon. You should be clear about why you don’t like the aesthetic results of your rhinoplasty or if you are still experiencing breathing issues. Your plastic surgeon will advise if you are a good candidate for revision surgery.

Get All the Necessary Information From Your Previous Plastic Surgeon

If you are seeing a new plastic surgeon for your revision procedure, you should collect as much information as possible from your previous plastic surgeon. This can include details about your procedure and any reports you can obtain. It’s crucial for your current plastic surgeon to have a clear picture of your initial procedure.

Choose an Experienced Revision Surgeon

As with your initial rhinoplasty, your plastic surgeon should be experienced in performing revision rhinoplasty procedures. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, experienced rhinoplasty surgeons are more likely to see revision cases than those who do this operation infrequently.

You should specifically research your plastic surgeon’s revision procedure background by reviewing their photo gallery, talking with them, and reading patient testimonials.

What To Do if You Are Unhappy With Your Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty or a liquid nose job uses injectable fillers to alter and refine the shape of the nose. This minimally invasive procedure is suitable for men and women who don’t want to undergo surgery or want to try out temporary changes to their noses before deciding on surgery.

The procedure uses dermal fillers such as Restylane® or JUVÉDERM® to disguise humps, make a crooked nose look straighter, or refine the tip of the nose. Dermal fillers are temporary, lasting from 12 to 18 months, but they can often be dissolved if you are not happy with the results. Consult with your plastic surgeon to discuss the possibility of reversal if needed.

How To Get Rhinoplasty Results You’ll Love

Two of the most important factors in achieving your dream rhinoplasty results involve choosing a skilled rhinoplasty surgeon and following your plastic surgeon’s post-recovery instructions.

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon for Your Rhinoplasty

Finding a plastic surgeon for your nose job is an important step in your rhinoplasty procedure. You should look for a board-certified plastic surgeon who has undergone rigorous training, completed many rhinoplasty procedures, and whose patients have a low revision rate. Keep in mind that every rhinoplasty is unique, and your plastic surgeon should fully understand your vision when undertaking the procedure.

Following Your Surgeon’s Post-Op Instructions

Your plastic surgeon’s recovery instructions will detail how to care for your incisions, reduce swelling, and protect your nose during recovery. Your nose is vulnerable while it is healing, and knowing how to protect it from injury or undue strain is essential.

It’s important to remember that if you are dissatisfied with your rhinoplasty results, there are options available to you. Our team has helped many people achieve amazing rhinoplasty results, as seen in our patients’ before and after pictures. If you want to see how our team can help you achieve a beautifully sculpted nose, request a consultation online or call us at (781) 740-7840 to schedule an appointment.


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