What to do if you aren’t happy with your surgical nose job result

By Dr. Aaron Stanes

Treatment guide

Discover the vital information you MUST know about non-surgical rhinoplasty with our detailed guide written by expert cosmetic doctors.


    Did you go through the ordeal of surgery to achieve the nose of your dreams, only to be left disappointed with the result? Was your result ok, but you wish it was just that little bit better? Previously you only had 2 options; go through another round of rhinoplasty surgery or learn to live with it. Regret after rhinoplasty is more common than you may think, and if you feel like you may have made a mistake, you are not alone. But, there is now a solution that can instantly improve the result of your rhinoplasty surgery immediately, with no cutting, scalpels or stitches and with no downtime. Read on if you’re regretting your nose job and want to know what to do.

    Is it normal to regret rhinoplasty?

    Believe it or not, some studies show as many as 40% of people have regrets about their nose job. Given that this does include both those who are totally unhappy as well as people with minor concerns. Either way, after such a big investment, being dissatisfied with the result from your surgical rhinoplasty can be devastating. Some surgeons are now recommending that you undergo counselling before having a nose job to mentally prepare you for the result.

    Either way, what’s done is done, but if you are regretting your decision to have surgery to reshape your nose, there are a few options that you can consider.

    Give it more time to heal

    The first thing is to be patient. While things may not look great initially, over time your nose will change. This is because the nasal bone needs to heal, and the swelling needs to to subside. Some surgeons recommend waiting 12-18 months before assessing the final result. If you’re still in the early days, then it can pay to be patient.

    Talk to your surgeon about revision rhinoplasty

    Has your nose fully healed from surgery, but still doesn’t look how you’d imagined? An appointment with your nose surgeon to discuss a revision is worth considering. While a revision rhinoplasty means another round of surgery and all that goes with it (cost, pain, recovery etc.) sometimes it is necessary. Perhaps only something very minor needs adjusting. However, it is completely understandable if revision rhinoplasty makes you feel anxious, especially given you weren’t thrilled the first time around.

    Improve your rhinoplasty with nose fillers at Cosmetic Connection

    Most people have heard of dermal fillers, an increasingly common application of which is to improve the shape of your nose. But did you know that nose fillers can be used to improve the result from your surgical rhinoplasty? Nose fillers work by filling in indentations and hollow areas and can be the perfect solution to improve the result from your rhinoplasty. Using fillers to improve the nose job result takes 10-20 minutes, has no downtime, almost no pain, no recovery, and has a much lower cost compared to revision surgery. While it isn’t permanent, it can typically give a result that only needs maintaining every 12-24 months, and sometimes even less.

    You may be amazed by just how powerful nose filler can be at improving your nose job result, and is an option seriously worth considering if you are feeling regretful about your rhinoplasty.

    Nose fillers can be used after nose job surgery to:

    • Fill in indentations
    • Add nose tip projection
    • Correct an overly resected ‘scoop’ or ‘ski-slope’ nose
    • Increase the size of a nose made too small

    Importantly, correcting the result of your nose job with fillers is a highly technical treatment that should only be performed by cosmetic doctors with the appropriate qualifications and extensive experience in reshaping the nose. While it is very safe when performed by an expert, in untrained hands it can be a risky procedure.

    Before and after nose filler to improve the result of a surgical rhinoplasty.

    Before and after male nose fillers to correct indentations that were caused by nose job surgery.

    Before and after nose fillers to improve the side profile shape of this patient’s nose after her rhinoplasty.

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