Question: Five years ago I had a nose job and due to what was probably a lack of good communication between the surgeon and myself, I got more of a transformation than I was looking for. I was aiming to minimize what I considered to be wide nostrils and to narrow a wide bridge, but after I healed I slowly began to realize that the change was too drastic. I’m considering revision rhinoplasty. How can I make sure this time that my surgeon understands my goals and that we are on the same page?
Answer: Unfortunately you’re not alone in this situation and I have seen many patients that came to me for revision rhinoplasty who have ended up with fairly decent rhinoplasty results that they are not happy with due to your exact predicament. Digital computer imaging is extremely important in the preop rhinoplasty dialogue consultation. You and your surgeon have to be on the same page as far as the goals are concerned. While the computer imaging is not an exact science, it is a roadmap for what the surgeon is trying to accomplish and it should significantly minimize any postop surprises. Do your homework and find a good rhinoplasty specialist who carries on an honest dialogue with you and shows you what is and is not possible using computer imaging.