While many rhinoplasty patients enjoy a [near] permanent result, it is important to mention that the revision rate as suggested by medical literature is about 10 percent. Simply put, for every 10 individuals who had the surgery, one of them would need a secondary procedure at some point in his life.
There are many reasons why a revision rhinoplasty is needed: to correct aesthetic concerns that remain after the initial surgery, asymmetric appearance, functional problems, and “unpredictable” growth.
But for the vast majority of patients, the result of rhinoplasty can last a lifetime that a secondary surgery is often unnecessary, said board-certified facial surgeon Dr. Karan Dhir.
Nevertheless, it is important to mention that rhinoplasty does not stop the natural aging of the nose, the same way as a facelift surgery cannot prevent the process of facial aging.
As people age, the renowned surgeon said that the nasal skin will change the same way as the rest of the body does, which may lead longer or drooping appearance of the nose. But overall, it is hard to tell the exact effect of aging on one’s nose—either unoperated or operated—because each person will age differently from one another.
However, anecdotal reports claim that in some cases rhinoplasty does slow the aging process particularly if the grafts are used to define and support the nasal tip, an area that may be prone to drooping as people age.
Nonetheless, there are also some rhinoplasty patients who may notice a slight amount of narrowing after hitting the age of 50 as the grafts used to support their nose could be absorbed minutely. Fortunately enough, in most cases a revision surgery is not necessary.
Meanwhile, there are possible ways to minimize the likelihood of needing a revision surgery in the future. The best advice is to only consult a board certified rhinoplasty surgeon with a minimum of five-year experience.
Rhinoplasty is arguably the most challenging elective plastic surgery in which even the slightest alteration of the nose in terms of its projection can have a drastic impact on one’s appearance. To execute this procedure successfully, a doctor should both have artistic skills and surgical dexterity.
Another way to potentially make the surgery’s result long lasting is to have it only when the nasal development is complete. For girls, it usually occurs at the age of 15 to 16, while for boys it happens one to two years later.
Any attempt to alter the nose younger than intended meanwhile could significantly increase the likelihood of a revision surgery at some point in one’s life.