How Many Times Can I Get Revision Rhinoplasty

A good nose job can be positively life-changing. While it can create an immediate impact on the way the world sees you, more importantly, it can reinforce and boost your confidence and how you see yourself. 

But what is the results aren’t what you expected? Even in the best hands, the revision rate for rhinoplasty can be around 5% to 10%. 

Revision, or secondary rhinoplasty, is when someone undergoes an additional nose job if they are unsatisfied with the first procedure. Some of the most common reasons for revision rhinoplasty include:


  • Adding of removing volume
  • Altering the nasal tip
  • Addressing breathing issues


Usually, the secondary rhinoplasty procedure is enough to correct any issues. But, what if you still aren’t satisfied with the results?


There is no set number for how many revision rhinoplasties one person can get. 

However, there is a finite amount that you can get effectively. Each additional nose job comes with additional complications. Once there are too many complications, the risks increase. Then, the ability to alter the appearance diminishes. This is why it is so important to visit the right surgeon for any revision procedure.



One of the biggest determinants of how many times you can get secondary rhinoplasty is the complexity. 

With each revision, the procedure becomes a little more complicated. The more complex, the more limited the options for alteration are. After the first revision rhinoplasty, the ability to make dramatic changes will decrease. However, this can vary depending on what the revision surgery is further correcting.

For instance, if the first revision was to correct a breathing issue and a later one is to alter the nasal tip, there are less likely to be overlapping complications. This is because the revision surgery is not operating on the same tissue area from the initial procedure.

As you can guess, complications can increase with multiple surgeries to the same tissue or area. For example, multiple surgeries to alter the bridge may see diminishing capabilities with each procedure. 

The Surgeon

The skill, experience and abilities of your plastic surgeon will determine how much they can do. If you’re unsatisfied with your initial results, some people are ready to move immediately to another surgeon. However, sticking with the same doctor has an advantage too. 

One reason is working with your same doctor who is already familiar with your nose and the work that was done means they will have clarity on what needs revising. This, versus informing a new doctor of the changes and the previous surgery, can mean a better probability of the change being corrected the next time around with relative ease.

However, if you’re not using the original surgeon, you may want to shop around for one you are comfortable with. Be wary of those who overpromise on what they can deliver. The best revision rhinoplasty surgeons are the ones who appreciate the limitations of secondary and tertiary nose jobs. They can leverage their knowledge of aesthetics and facial symmetry to determine smaller alterations that will have the most desirable effect.

Before choosing your revision rhinoplasty surgeon, ask for examples of the revision work they have done for other clients. Take special care to examine how they have addressed similar issues and nose styles.

The Patient

Just as the surgeon must appreciate the limitations of revision nose jobs, so must the patient. With each additional revision, you may need to adjust your expectations of what is possible. 

The best plastic surgeons will help you manage your expectations. However, with any elective surgery, a patient will also need to remain grounded in the final outcome of their procedure. If the patient has unrealistic expectations of the revision rhinoplasty outcome, they are unlikely to be satisfied with the result.


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