Let’s say you’re seeing your nose job results for the first time. And, you know, it’s been a while. Nose job recovery can take several months, at least in terms of waiting for the swelling to finally and fully subside. There are small amounts of swelling after a rhinoplasty surgery that can linger for months. So maybe it’s been months and you’re finally getting a good look at your new nose. And… well, what’s wrong with your nose job results? They don’t look quite right.

So What’s Wrong With Your Nose Job?

Nose job results that don’t quite live up to expectations are not all that common. In fact, the most common result from a rhinoplasty procedure is that the patient loves the transformation! But occasionally, there’s something that the patient still wishes he or she could change.

That could be a result of something traumatic happening to the nose during the recovery process. But often it’s just because the nose is a challenging area of the body on which to operate. There are so many factors in terms of the healing of the nose that are difficult to account for or control for. If you have questions about rhinoplasty in general, be sure to talk those questions over with your plastic or cosmetic surgeon. This article, for example, is not intended to replace any kind of medical advice. We’re here for entertainment purposes only. And with that thought in mind, we ask a very simple question: what’s wrong with your nose job?

Issues with Rhinoplasty Results

The truth is that, as a patient, you might find any number of issues with your rhinoplasty results. Some of the more common issues might include:

  • The nose is not straight enough.
  • The nose is still too large or too small for the rest of the face.
  • The change in the nose was too drastic.
  • The nostrils are not aligned in the way the patient wanted.
  • A drooping tip or other issue is still present or too prominent.

This is, of course, the tip of the iceberg. And it all depends on what you were trying to address with your rhinoplasty procedure in the first place. There are a couple of main reasons that something can go wrong with your nose job even when the surgeon does everything right:

  • Healing: In some cases, your body heals in a way that compromises your results. Either your body heals too quickly or too slowly. And, if your nose heals too quickly in one area and too slowly in another, there could be unforeseen effects on your results.
  • Trauma: If you bump your nose during recovery, you could be compromising your results. That’s why some patients are required to wear a splint during the initial stages of the recovery process. Even still, protecting your nose will help you protect your results.
  • Balance: The face is incredibly complicated, and human brains are wired to notice every little detail about them. And your nose doesn’t exist in isolation on your face. So what sometimes happens is that your nose is transformed perfectly–exactly the way you wanted. But that transformation doesn’t really work with your face. The proportions seem just a little off.

How to Fix Your Nose

If your nose job isn’t up to par–and you’re not happy with your results–the good news is that you don’t have to keep those results. Mostly. If you’re unhappy with the way your nose job looks, the typical solution is a procedure called Revision Rhinoplasty.

A revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure in which any of the lingering (or new) issues from your previous rhinoplasty are addressed. Typically, revision rhinoplasty is performed after all healing from the original procedure is complete. But there’s also no time limit–this procedure can be performed years after the fact, when warranted and desired.

Recovery from revision rhinoplasty is usually a little bit faster than for the original rhinoplasty procedure, but only because (again, speaking generally) smaller changes are typically instituted. If your revision rhinoplasty requires significant changes to your nose, a long recovery could be on your horizon.

Talk About Your Options

Revision rhinoplasty procedures are not exactly common. But they are also not unheard of. And they can help patients finally achieve a level of happiness and contentment with their noses. So if you have questions about what’s wrong with your nose job–or how to get everything right in the first place–talk to your plastic surgeon.


About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been helping plastic and cosmetic surgeons market their practices for over twenty years. He’s always talking to surgeons about the latest and greatest plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures.

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