Secondary Rhinoplasty or Nose Job Correction


About this procedure

An operation performed to correct an unsatisfactory result from prior nasal surgery is called “secondary rhinoplasty.” The deformed nose following prior nasal surgery can usually be corrected or improved using the advanced surgical techniques Dr. Grant A. Fairbanks has developed. If you have had prior nasal surgery elsewhere, which failed to meet your expectations either in terms of appearance or airflow, your condition may benefit from our corrective nasal surgery procedures.

The previously operated nose is more complex than a nose that is being worked on for the first time. However, by using state-of-the-art surgical techniques, such deformities resulting from a failed prior rhinoplasty can generally be corrected.

Frequently issues found in a less-than-acceptable nose job include supra-tip swelling or a “Polly beak” deformity, over resection of the hump or a “scooped nose,” over resection of the tip or a “pinched tip,” and a turned up nose or a “piggy snout.” A dropped tip can also occur giving the nose a droopy, unnatural appearance.

Other exterior problems include an asymmetrical nose, a nose which goes over to one side, and a nose that easily collapses and doesn’t breathe well.

Internally, airway problems may not have been corrected properly, resulting in a constriction of the nasal vault, and reducing airway. We have also seen nasal septal perforations (a hole through the central membrane of the nose). These are all signs of a failed rhinoplasty.

Most of these problems have solutions, but corrective surgery must be done very carefully. As a result of dense scar tissue from prior surgery, the anatomy can be less predictable. Each case must be investigated individually, and extensive pre-operative planning is a must.

Our goal, and yours, is to have a nose which does not have an operated look, one which functions well, and one whose appearance makes you feel wonderful.

In many secondary rhinoplasty cases, cartilage grafts will be required to correct the flaws of previous attempts. To avoid complications, the cartilage grafts must come from the patient themselves. This provides the most reliable and predictable results. Sources for cartilage grafting will be explained at your consultation. In NO instance should a patient undergo the placement of any artificial, non-living material in their nose.

If you have a nose which has uncorrected problems either in appearance or breathing after a prior rhinoplasty, we will be pleased to consult with you, examine your nose, and explain what can be done to improve or correct it. Explanations of nasal physiology, airway, anatomical design, and surgical approaches for correction will all be discussed at the time of your initial consultation.

Dr. Grant A. Fairbanks has extensive experience and expertise in performing these procedures. Every care and attention will be taken to maintain your health and well-being while providing you the optimal result from your Cosmetic Plastic Surgery operation.