Q. I hate my new nose, but I am afraid of a revision. What can I do?

Rhinoplasty, also known as nose reshaping or a “nose job” gets scrutinized more than any other plastic surgical procedure..  And perhaps for similar reasons, revision creates tremendous anxiety.  It may be an issue of a surgeon’s technical ability, his knowledge of nasal anatomy or surgical aesthetics but in the end the patient has a well-founded fear of going through another surgery. High anxiety is common. The patient was promised an enhancement in their appearance that was never realized.

The answer may lie in trying an injectable rhinoplasty. It’s a good first step with little risk. Many people are unaware that significant aesthetic changes are possible using injectables to the nose. Nose length and shape, height of the bridge, rotating a tip, treating arched nostrils and tip sculpting can all be achieved incrementally.

Injectable rhinoplasty benefits both the patient and the surgeon. Revision rhinoplasty puts pressure on the surgeon who is dealing with issues such as quality of the skin, underlying scar tissues and patient expectations. Injectable rhinoplasty allows the patient to “try on” their new nose. It helps the patient get a sense of the surgeon’s aesthetic interpretation. It lets the surgeon know if he can make a particular patient reasonably happy. Think of it as a test drive of mutual visions prior to committing to another surgery.

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