All About Primary & Secondary Rhinoplasty
All invasive cosmetic surgical procedures require an overview of the individual's surgical history to ensure that the procedure desired is suitable. In the case of rhinoplasty, it is particularly important to describe any previous surgery performed on the nose, as well as any trauma that has been experienced in the area. This will help determine whether primary or secondary/revision rhinoplasty should be performed.
Primary rhinoplasty is when no surgery has been performed on the nose before and trauma has not affected the area. An alteration of the existing structure of the nose is performed to achieve the desirable results.
If the nose has been operated on before or trauma has been experienced, the scheduled rhinoplasty is termed secondary or revision. This type of nose job is designed to fix any problems that result from trauma or a previous nose job, and is quite a common cosmetic surgical procedure.
In most cases, problems arising from a previous nose job are major, and for this reason, secondary rhinoplasty is generally considered to be more difficult than primary rhinoplasty. This may be to correct aesthetic problems such as pinched nostrils, an overly sharpened tip, or a nose that is not harmoniously balanced with the rest of the face.
In secondary rhinoplasty, the physician performing surgery may have to alter the procedure to achieve the desirable results, using different techniques and methods from what would have been used during primary rhinoplasty.
Top 5 Benefits of Rhinoplasty
Whether you undergo your first nose surgery or you are considering a revision nose surgery, keep in mind of the benefits that can occur.
- Brings all of your facial features into harmony. When performed by a qualified surgeon, rhinoplasty has the potential to bring all of your facial features into harmony. Even the slightest changes to the shape or size of your nose can produce dramatic results and make your facial features look more proportionate. Some patients may even combine a nose job with additional cosmetic procedures, such as a chin augmentation or cheek implants, to achieve balance between the nose and other facial features.
- Alleviates breathing difficulties. Although the majority of patients seek nose surgery for cosmetic purposes, rhinoplasty serves functional purposes as well. If your nasal passages are narrow or have a deviated septum and you have difficulty breathing, a nose job can help correct these problems and bring you relief.
- Increases your confidence and self-esteem. Although you can’t expect a nose job to be a cure-all for low self-esteem, it can help you feel better about your appearance if you hate the way your nose looks and it makes you feel self-conscious. As long as you have specific goals and realistic expectations, nose surgery can enhance your appearance as well as your sense of self confidence.
- Improves your overall appearance. Since your nose is in the center of your face, it draws a lot of attention. By correcting your nose’s imperfections with surgery, you can create facial symmetry and improve its balance and beauty. Even the slightest alteration of your nose can have a dramatic effect on your overall appearance. Many people who see you after you have recovered may comment on how great you look without realizing that you got a nose job.
- Corrects deformities due to injury or a birth defect. If you have cartilage deviation, an asymmetrical nose shape, or other problems stemming from an injury or a birth defect, rhinoplasty can improve the aesthetic appearance of your nose.