Top UK Rhinoplasty Surgeon, Julian Rowe-Jones on: What is revision rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty can really fall into two groups: it can be refinement, a little bit more surgery because the surgeon and the patient still think a little bit more improvement is possible, even if really good surgery is done the first time. There’s also secondary rhinoplasty and on the whole, secondary rhinoplasty is for surgery done the first time that’s resulted in a bad outcome.
I have a lot of experience of secondary rhinoplasty, it’s difficult, unpredictability is always there in a primary rhinoplasty, it’s even more so in the secondary or revision rhinoplasty; you can’t predict necessarily what you’re going to find. The tissues are scarred and there’s poor material to work with, the skin is not very elastic, so what you can achieve may be less in a secondary or revision rhinoplasty than in a primary rhinoplasty.
Your best chance is always the first chance, secondary or revision rhinoplasty may require rebuilding the nose and your surgeon should know how to use rib cartilage, your surgeon should know how to use ear cartilage, the surgeon might have to use skin and cartilage from somewhere else, so you need to ask your surgeon these questions if you’re embarking upon a revision rhinoplasty. I think it’s also true to bear in mind that revision rhinoplasty itself might need further surgery. In my practice difficult revision rhinoplasty is more likely to need yet another operation to fine-tune that, than if I’m doing a rhinoplasty for the first time.
Same patient twice
And lastly, the other thing I will consider in seeing someone for a secondary rhinoplasty is, would I have done their first rhinoplasty? Sometimes patients who request secondary rhinoplasty are very particular and their expectations could never have been met, so in those circumstances I will say no to a secondary rhinoplasty.
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More about Julian Rowe-Jones
Julian Rowe-Jones founded The Nose Clinic in 1998 with a clear mission to deliver world leading standards of cosmetic nose surgery (Rhinoplasty) in Guildford, and now in Harley Street, London. His aim is to provide a level of friendly and professional consultancy, advice, support and patient care that complements and enhances these standards. His expertise as a rhinoplasty surgeon is central to the success of his patients; and you can read more about his background and experience in specialising.
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Having experienced two failed rhinoplasties with another surgeon, I researched surgeons who had particular expertise in revision rhinoplasty and found the Nose Clinic. I wish I had consulted Julian Rowe-Jones right at the start as it would have saved me so much heartache. Previous surgeries with another surgeon had left me looking worse than when I started. Julian has restored my identity and has left me with a beautiful, feminine looking nose.
The whole of the team were wonderful. They were considerate and supportive throughout the whole process. My concerns were listened to, my options were explained to me honestly and proper planning entered into. I am so grateful to the whole team and would strongly urge anyone considering rhinoplasty to consult Julian.