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In some cases people are not satisfied with the outcome of rhinoplasty and nose surgery. This can leave them feeling even more self-conscious about their nose than they were before undergoing the surgery. This is usually due to; the surgery being carried out by an inexperienced surgeon; the surgeon using improper, outdated techniques; the results not resembling what the patient originally expected; or complications arose during the procedure or the recovery process.

Since rhinoplasty is a complex procedure, sometimes it’s difficult to achieve the desired results the first time. Your nose’s functionality and appearance are closely connected, and when rhinoplasty is done to enhance the appearance of your nose, it might disrupt the functionality of the nose and your ability to breathe through the nasal cavity. Conversely, some improvements in functionality can cause an imbalance in the way your nose looks.

There are a number of cosmetic and functional reasons why a patient could be dissatisfied with a previous rhinoplasty procedure; The bone and cartilage in the nose may have formed a depression or a bump after the surgery, or too much scar tissue may have developed. Undergoing revision rhinoplasty can help correct many issues that may have arisen from a previous rhinoplasty surgery. Revision rhinoplasty can also correct functional problems such as difficulty breathing, and the collapse of a nasal valve or deviation of the septum.


Revision rhinoplasty is usually performed with an open method but in appropriate patients it may be performed using a closed technique. When the closed method is used, there’s minimal additional scarring since the incisions are done inside the nose. However, when correcting the results of a previous rhinoplasty, it might be necessary to use the open method where the incisions are placed across the skin that’s between the nostrils. The open approach gives the surgeon much better visibility to clearly see and accurately access the problems. The particular technique used normally depends on the objective of your surgery. When the surgery is completed, a protective splint will be placed over your nose to help it maintain its’ new shape. Nasal packs may also be placed in the nostrils so as to stabilize the septum (the dividing wall that’s between the nasal passages) but on most occasions they are not necessary.


The aim of nostril reduction surgery is to narrow the nasal base in order to attain a more balanced nose. Narrowing of the nostrils is a common rhinoplasty procedure either in combination with a formal rhinoplasty or as a standalone procedure. It involves the removal of tissue around the alar base and places the incision in the natural contours of the nose. This conservative procedure helps to enhance the overall appearance of the nose by improving nasal symmetry and balancing the proportions of the nose.


Nostril reduction surgery requires a specialist plastic surgeon with experience, precision and skill in order to minimise the chances of scarring on the nose or an unsatisfactory outcome. Dr. Watts performs nostril reduction surgery with the incisions made on the inside of the nostrils rather than on the outside where they are likely to leave scars. Dr. Watts uses the procedure to reduce the overall size of the nostrils. This can be achieved by reducing the width of the nostril base or shortening the nostril sidewalls depending on the desired outcome.

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