Essentially, revision rhinoplasty is the correction of a previously failed (or substandard) rhinoplasty that the patient is uncomfortable or dissatisfied with. That dissatisfaction can have deep psychological effects, and it is important for the patients’ self-esteem that the failed rhinoplasty is corrected. After all, not only have they suffered the anxiety of choosing to have a surgical procedure to correct the original problem, but they have also suffered the disappointment of failure, coupled with the financial outlay, and are potentially left in a worse position than before the original procedure took place. So, what are the principal causes and symptoms of rhinoplasty failure?
Causes for Rhinoplasty Failure
One of the most common causes is simply surgical error, or, worse, incompetence. It could simply be that the surgeon was not skilled enough, or underestimated the complexity of the procedure, leaving the patient with a less than perfectly natural result (at best) or a deformed nose and functional issues (at worst).
There are also cases where the result of the surgery degrades over time, due to the improper use of grafts or overly aggressive removal of tissue or cartilage.
If the issue is merely one of a slight difference of opinion over the shape of the nose, and a small tweak required to set things right, then the patient may well return to the original surgeon for a small operation to fix the nose.
On the other hand, if the patient is truly upset with the result, or in cases where the original surgery was some time ago, patients may well choose to find a new surgeon. Choosing a surgeon for revision rhinoplasty requires both research and a carefully planned consultation.
Picking the Right Revision Rhinoplasty Surgeon
A revision rhinoplasty requires a skilled surgeon who is specialized in the art of putting together natural looking cosmetic surgery. Dr. Bustillo, unlike other surgeons, specializes in facial surgery, about half of which is rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty procedures.
Not only is he experienced, but he is also something of a pioneer in both facelift and nasal surgery, often consulted to offer advice and training for surgeons all over the world. The combination of experience, education and ongoing research mean that he is in the best position to correct previous surgery.
Dr. Bustillo sees the surgical process as being a “return to normalcy”. He takes the distorted or non-functioning nose back to a nose that doesn’t draw attention to itself, and fits with the symmetry of the patients’ own face, whilst creating a result that looks natural, without the over-operated look that less experienced and gifted surgeons sometimes leave the patient with.
A good place to start the research that will lead to selecting the right surgeon is their web site. For example, on Dr. Bustillo’s site, there are galleries of photos, explanations of his techniques, and discussions of how he uses computer imaging and other advanced tools to achieve superior results for his clients.
To see how Dr. Bustillo can help recover form and function to your nose, his Florida based practice can be contacted on 305.663.3380, as well as through the web site. There, you will also find a gallery of before and after photos to help you appreciate more fully his technical skill and aesthetic attention to detail.