Is Revision Rhinoplasty Right for You? By Anya Kishinevsky, M.D. on May 10, 2021

Rhinoplasty revision patient satisfied with her resultsRhinoplasty is intended to improve the appearance of the nose. However, patients aren’t always happy with the results. Revision rhinoplasty, also referred to as secondary or tertiary rhinoplasty, involves further contouring of the nose after previous nasal surgery to improve aesthetics and function. Patients generally choose revision rhinoplasty because they are unhappy with the look or function of their nose. 

Dr. Anya Kishinevsky cares deeply about how you feel and see yourself. Dr. Kishinevsky and her highly-trained staff offer a range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures to patients from Norwalk, CT, Fairfield, CT, Bridgeport, CT, and other areas of the northeast.


You may be here because you or a loved one are displeased with the outcome of a previous rhinoplasty procedure. Revision rhinoplasty may be right for you if: 

  • You have healed from your first rhinoplasty procedure, a process that can take up to a year
  • You are over the age of 16
  • You are healthy
  • You have realistic goals

Revision rhinoplasty is often more difficult than primary rhinoplasty. Some obstacles to repairing rhinoplasty may be: 

  • The scar tissue that developed as a result of the previous rhinoplasty
  • Original layers of nasal tissue planes may not exist after the first rhinoplasty
  • The nose may be small, pinched, or short

Cosmetic vs. Reconstructive Surgery

Revision rhinoplasty surgery can involve reconstructive techniques, cosmetic techniques, or a combination of both. Reconstructive rhinoplasty improves the function of the nose to help patients with imperfections that:

  • Are inside the nasal cavity
  • Have been caused by trauma
  • Make breathing difficult

If the way your nose looks is adversely affecting your confidence, you may want to consider cosmetic changes. Cosmetic rhinoplasty changes the structure of the nose to contour:

  • Unwanted bumps
  • Size (length and width)
  • Projection or crookedness

If you are still struggling with the look and function of your nose, a combination of reconstructive and cosmetic changes can happen in a single surgery. Talk with Dr. Kishinevsky about your goals so we can develop a tailored treatment plan.


Revision rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia, and the surgery can take up to three hours. Lack of existing cartilage often requires a cartilage graft from the ear or rib.

Incisions will be made inside and under the nose. These incisions will be sutured with invisible stitches that will dissolve on their own.


Revision rhinoplasty recovery is quite similar to regular rhinoplasty.

Pain is described as mild to moderate by most patients. Swelling can last for up to a year, but mostly subsides by three months after surgery. You’ll be able to return to work after one to two weeks. Refrain from exercise for at least one month.

Many patients enjoy their new noses after a month of recovery, but it can take one to five years for final results to set in.

Book an Appointment Today

After weighing the risks and rewards, revising your rhinoplasty procedure may be the solution to finally feel confident in your own skin. Call (203) 388-9919 or message us online to ask about revision rhinoplasty.

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Anya Kishinevsky, M.D.

Anya Kishinevsky, M.D.

Board-certified surgeon Anya Kishinevsky believes in a completely personalized approach to plastic and reconstructive surgery. She holds several distinctions, has repeatedly been featured on Connecticut Magazine's list of Top Docs, and is a member of the:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Women's Medical Association

Learn for yourself why so many patients choose Dr. Kishinevsky for their care. Schedule a consultation at our Norwalk, CT, office online or call (203) 388-9919.

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