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Revision Rhinoplasty San Diego

Natural Results: Yes
Duration of results: Lifetime 
Recovery: 1-2 weeks
Price range:
$5,500 – $12,000
(depends on complexity)
Financing available?
Yes, on approved credit
Satisfaction rate:

Rhinoplasty Disappointment


Quality rhinoplasty outcomes demand from the surgeon an extraordinary level of technical skill and well developed aesthetic sense.

Preparation and experience are foundations for success, but intense study, in depth anatomical knowledge, and a passion for beauty are shared by most rhinoplasty specialists. Because every rhinoplasty involves rearrangement of skin, bone, cartilage, internal nasal lining, and because the final result depends so much on how these tissues interact with one another as healing progresses, outcomes can never be anticipated with complete accuracy.

Along with the surgeon, nature determines the final result, and nature is not always predictable. Many circumstances contribute to a disappointing rhinoplasty result. In some cases:

  • it’s inadequate preparation, misjudgment of the effect of a particular step of the procedure
  • failure to perform necessary steps, or other surgical error.
  • Swelling from anesthesia obscures the precise effect of certain parts during rhinoplasty. These effects become apparent only after months have passed and swelling is resolved.

Tissue contraction with scar development during healing may dramatically change an original rhinoplasty result. Cartilage is flexible, and bending during the post-surgical period may create asymmetries.

Occasionally, even when rhinoplasty goes well and the nose heals as expected, you may not be happy with the appearance of your new nose and its relationship to your other features. In these cases, revision rhinoplasty can be performed to repair and restructure the nose toward your desired result.

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What is revision rhinoplasty?

Revision rhinoplasty is perhaps even more complex than the original procedure because internal nasal anatomy has been changed and is unpredictable. 

Working through scarred tissue to find and adjust parts of the nose during a revision procedure demands more of the surgeon.  A determined, careful approach is required to fix problems unaddressed by or resulting from an earlier nose surgery. The procedure is different for everyone.

The specific techniques involved in each revision rhinoplasty are determined by the type of problem and the location in the nose.

A number of different factors can add to the complex nature of revision rhinoplasty, including:

  • the previously altered anatomy of the nose
  • weakened bones from the earlier surgery
  • and missing cartilage or scarred cartilage.

When looking for a surgeon to perform revision rhinoplasty, it’s crucial to choose one with extensive rhinoplasty experience, a deep anatomical knowledge of the nose, an artistic eye, and superior surgical judgement.

The best revision rhinoplasty surgeon will also be a skilled and compassionate communicator, keeping you informed every step of the way so that you understand what to expect during and after the procedure. 

What problems can be corrected with revision rhinoplasty?

Revision rhinoplasty can correct a range of functional and cosmetic issues, and in many cases greatly improve the outcome of a previous nose surgery.  Typically, it’s best to wait a full year after the initial rhinoplasty to undergo a secondary procedure, as it can take that long for the nose to fully heal and the swelling to go down. The types of issues revision rhinoplasty can correct include:
  • Common in cases involving the removal of a nose hump, pollybeak deformity is often the result of removing cartilage in the wrong areas, and not properly supporting the nasal tip.  It can also be caused by leaving too much cartilage or a patient’s innate nasal skin surface area. 
  • A pinched tip can result from cutting cartilage or removing too much cartilage from the tip of the nose. A snout-like appearance can occur in the tip in cases of overshortening the nose during surgery. A lopsided tip may be the result of a surgical misjudgment or deviation during healing.  A large tip may be related to failure of skin to contract around the diminutive surgically reduced tip cartilages.  

Hump removal without properly reconstructed support and structure for the middle part of the nose can cause the valves to collapse inward, obstructing airflow and causing breathing problems.

  • Notched nostrils, collapsed nostrils, asymmetric nostrils, and other nostril irregularities can be related to a pre-existing situation, or to skin and cartilage issues of tension or support created at the initial rhinoplasty.  

A crooked nose after rhinoplasty sometimes occurs due to inaccurate alignment during surgery, but more often it happens when nasal bones or cartilage contract, bend, or shift during healing.

  • Damage to the septum cartilage during surgery or the removal of too much septum cartilage can collapse the nasal bridge, resulting in a deformity known as saddle nose.  Protracted cocaine use may cause the same problem.  In cases of other surgical misfortune, other nasal deformities may occur.

Every patient is different, and there are a number of different corrective techniques used in revision rhinoplasty, each depending on the specific issues that need to be corrected. In many cases, no surgery at all is required because injectables (“liquid rhinoplasty”) may offer suitable improvement.  In other cases, a minor office procedure under local anesthesia completely solves the problem.  At Feel Beautiful, Dr. Laverson approaches each revision rhinoplasty procedure with skill, precision, and artistry. He’s also committed to patient comfort and open communication. During your initial consultation, Dr. Laverson will answer your questions and provide clarity so that you understand his proposed treatment plan as well as what to expect along the way.

Rhinoplasty Testimonials From Our San Diego Patients

I had rhinoplasty 2 months ago and I LOVE MY NEW NOSE! Dr. Steve Laverson is such an amazing and artistic plastic surgeon. He makes you feel completely comfortable and provides step by step details on what he’s going to do. During my consultation, he did little measurements and even drew out my nose. He is super patient and answered all of my questions (believe me, I had a lot!) I visited about 5 other plastic surgeons and he had the best before and after photographs of everyone I saw. I had a very specific look I had in mind for my nose (kate beckinsale) and he gave me exactly what I wanted.
You are a skilled artist. Thank you for making me handsome Dr. Laverson! I am so happy. I want to thank you Dr. Laverson. This is the guy from Canada who came down to see you . I can’t tell you how much confidence I have now and I want to thank you for your talented skill and mostly your artistic eye. I gave you control in the process and you made me more handsome. Thank you thank you. Thank your lovely staff too.
Dr. Laverson is the best! I consulted with him to get a rhinoplasty. I was extremely nervous at first because I had never had anything done before. Dr. Laverson and the staff made me feel very comfortable and at home. I had all my questions answered very thoroughly and felt cared for. I was listened to when I spoke as well, which was very important for me. I decided to get the rhinoplasty done in November 2011...and let me tell you, I LOVE my nose! I’m amazed at how fast the healing took place. I did not have any complications at all...and I breathe great! It was a great decision that I made to have Dr. Laverson perform the surgery. He was very attentive and answered any and all questions that I had before the surgery, as well as after. I like that he took the time before the surgery and actually drew out what he planned on doing with a photo he had taken of me. He called me himself after surgery a couple times and even gave me his cell number just in case I had any more questions and/or needed anything. I also got fillers for my lips and mouth area and it was virtually painless and looks awesome as well! I will definitely come back in the future to see Dr. Laverson for anything else I might need help with! If you want personalized care, Feel Beautiful Plastic Surgery is definitely the place to go! Your will be taken care of, listened to, and will have all your questions answered very thoroughly.

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  • Avatar Stephane Galvis ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    I just wanted to start of by saying how much I love my breast augmentation, even 10 years later! Dr. Steve Laverson was beyond professional, and his talent and expertise is unmatched.
    I remember looking into the plastic surgery back in
    … More 2012, and Feel Beautiful Plastic Surgery was my first stop. I than went off and did my “research” on surrounding Plastic Surgery Clinics and realized that Feel Beautiful Plastic Surgery was for me! The other clinics were not as aesthetically pleasing, professional and the exclusive experience was just not there.
    I quickly went back to Dr. Steve Laverson and told him I was ready for my Breast Augmentation. At the time, my best friend and myself both decided to go through with the surgery. We are both extremely pleased with our results.
    I would highly recommend Dr. Steve Laverson. He was attentive before, during and after my procedure. Even now 10 years later when I had a couple questions he was there willing to even FaceTime me to answer anything I had concerns with.
    Whenever it’s time ro exchange my implants, I will be going back to him!!! Thank you for changing my life
  • Avatar Heather Darran ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Dr. Laverson and his team are just incredible! I was so comfortable from the first consultation through my surgery and beyond (and SO HAPPY with my results). Dr. Laverson truly cares about his patients, and goes above and beyond for them. … More Other surgeons recommended so much more than I needed, and Dr. Laverson listened to my concerns and made sure I was really happy and comfortable. I had a complication about a week after my initial surgery and Dr. Laverson was with me every step of the way. When they had to operate again to fix it, he held my hand while the anesthesiologist was getting me prepped. I can't say enough good things about this practice. Courtney and Cherise are so sweet too. I am so grateful to have found this practice and will continue to go there for any future needs.
  • Avatar Andie Green ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    Dr. Laverson, Courtney, Bri and all staff are seriously amazing! Not only did I get the results with my breast augmentation I desired they exceed my expectations! I absolutely love them. I was extremely nervous and all the staff (especially … More Courtney, Bri and Michelle) made me feel so comfortable! I will always recommend Feel Beautiful to my friends as well as go back if I have any other procedures!!! Seriously 5 stars all the way!!

Precision and Excellence at Feel Beautiful

Dr. Laverson has earned his reputation among the top plastic surgeons in San Diego by developing and incorporating innovative and contemporary surgical techniques in the context of traditional, authentic personal care. Every procedure is planned and performed with attention to detail. At Feel Beautiful, you are in the hands of an excellent surgeon and attentive staff.

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