Secondary rhinoplasty in Turkey

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Written by Laurence

Everything you need to know about secondary rhinoplasty in Turkey! What is the average price in Istanbul? Our advice for a successful secondary rhinoplasty.

BestClinic.co.uk provides information about secondary rhinoplasty in Turkey and helps you book an operation with qualified surgeons. This content is for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional.

How much does secondary rhinoplasty cost in Turkey?

The average cost of a secondary rhinoplasty in Turkey is €2,200. The price includes anaesthesia, hospitalisation costs, medical tests, medication and the surgeon’s fees. The operation is performed under general anaesthetic and lasts 3 hours. The length of stay in Istanbul is 7 days, and the hospital stay is 1 night. The final result is visible within 6 months.

Rhinoplasty1800 €
Secondary rhinoplasty2200 €
Ethnic rhinoplasty2300 €
Ultrasonic rhinoplasty2500 €

What is a secondary rhinoplasty?

Do you think your nose is still too big? Did your ethnic rhinoplasty go too far – or not far enough? Or perhaps you simply want to refine the tip of your nose or have had breathing problems since your first rhinoplasty. This procedure is suitable for both men and women.

If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you may be a candidate for revision rhinoplasty in Turkey or Tunisia for cheaper prices. You are not alone. Although statistics vary, around 15% of primary rhinoplasties require revisions for one reason or another.

Successful secondary rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the TOP10 cosmetic surgery procedures in Turkey.

For the vast majority of people, the secondary operation is linked to a specific aesthetic problem, such as a crooked tip, or a functional problem, such as difficulty breathing. The problems are not necessarily due to the original surgeon.

Not all aspects of healing are under the doctor’s control, and certain anatomical variations can pose particular surgical problems.

Before and after photos

Consider a revision rhinoplasty

Opting for revision rhinoplasty is not a decision to be taken lightly. The revision procedure can be much more complicated than primary rhinoplasty, and requires a surgeon with in-depth knowledge of the nasal structure and surgical technique. It can therefore take longer to perform and cost considerably more.

Some people return to the plastic surgeon who performed their initial operation for a revision. Others seek out a new surgeon who specialises in revision rhinoplasty. This decision depends on the surgeon’s expertise and your relationship with him or her.

Don’t go back to your original surgeon just because it may be cheaper. Make sure the doctor you choose understands the reason for the problem and can solve it.

Photo avant après d'une rhinoplastie secondaire en Turquie
Before and after photo of a secondary rhinoplasty in Turkey

An open and honest discussion with your surgeon about your expectations and goals is one of the most important steps to successful surgery and rhinoplasty recovery with your secondary procedure. Please note that all people with HIV are accepted.

Ideally, you have had this discussion before your first rhinoplasty, which would minimise the need for a secondary rhinoplasty, but there are times when a revision rhinoplasty is necessary.

If you do need a revision rhinoplasty, make sure you explain clearly why you are unhappy with your first nose job.

Nowadays, some surgeons use 3D imaging programmes to show you what your new nose might look like on your face. This kind of virtual model can help you better manage your expectations.

However, it is not possible to achieve everything you want or that a surgeon can draw. Your future surgeon should also show you examples of noses that replicate your problems and goals, and demonstrate that he or she knows how to produce the look you want.

During your secondary rhinoplasty consultation in Turkey, your plastic surgeon will also examine your skin, the strength of your cartilage and bone structure, and assess the amount of cartilage available, as a cartilage graft is almost always necessary.

The grafts can create a better shape and support the airway – two reasons to have a secondary rhinoplasty.

Secondary rhinoplasty: Don’t rush

Wait at least a year before considering a revision rhinoplasty. If some of the nasal swelling goes down almost immediately, it can take a year for all the swelling to disappear. Most surgeons believe that slight swelling lasts even longer.

It also takes at least a year for the scar tissue to soften (more if you’ve already had two or three rhinoplasties), and a firm scar may prevent your surgeon from making a proper correction.

Photo avant après d'une rhinoplastie secondaire à Istanbul
Before and after photo of a secondary rhinoplasty in Istanbul

Ultimately, after a year, you’ll have a more realistic idea of what’s wrong – or wrong at all – with your new nose, and your surgeon will be better able to correct it. If you return too soon for revision rhinoplasty, you can turn a minor problem into a major disaster, so be patient.

Information on surgical treatment

Secondary rhinoplasty operations in Turkey vary for each patient. Problems can occur in any area of the nose, including the top, bottom or tip. Your revision rhinoplasty should be personalised to address your concerns.

Revision rhinoplasty can be performed under local anaesthetic and sedation, or under general anaesthetic. The treatment may take longer than a primary rhinoplasty, sometimes up to four hours. In contrast, a primary rhinoplasty takes one to two hours.

In a surgical revision of the nose, the aim is to restore both structure and function. In some cases, the surgeon may try to recreate symmetry by adding or removing cartilage.

If necessary, additional cartilage may be taken from the septum, the ear or one of your ribs. In general, it’s easier to fix problems when not enough cartilage has been removed in the primary operation, as your surgeon can go back and remove more cartilage.

More often, however, revision rhinoplasty involves adding cartilage to open up the airway or to recreate shape and proportions.

Revision rhinoplasty can be performed on the inside of the nose (closed rhinoplasty) or on the underside of the nose between the nostrils (open rhinoplasty).

Inspection du nez de la patiente
Inspection of the patient’s nose

Closed rhinoplasty has the advantage of being less traumatic and less invasive for the tissues because the surgeon only uncovers the areas that need to be corrected, whereas the open approach involves wider dissection and more disconnection and reconnection of the supporting structures.

The closed approach may be safer if you have scars from previous nose surgery, but some surgeons prefer the open approach for the exposure it provides, or to better understand and visualise complicated cases.

Don’t choose your surgeon just because he or she performs a particular technique: find someone who explains the procedure well, has common sense and will look after you with confidence.

Every revision rhinoplasty is unique. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all revision nose job.

Revision rhinoplasty or filler?

Filling: yes or no? This is the question that arises when it comes to correcting some of the irregularities and asymmetries that occur following rhinoplasty.

Revision rhinoplasty is a common, if complicated, procedure. That’s why some surgeons may choose to smooth out the resulting imperfections with fillers.

But is it effective? In the right hands and on the right nose, the right filler can work wonders.

Injectable fillers can be cheaper and safer alternatives to secondary nose surgery, but they are not risk-free and are not a solution to all imperfections.

Fillers should not be used in place of primary and/or revision nose surgery; however, some fillers can play a role in minor corrections.

Photo avant après d'une rhinoplastie secondaire à Istanbul
Before and after photo of a secondary rhinoplasty in Istanbul

Currently, hyaluronic acid-based fillers (such as Restylane and Juvederm), calcium hydroxylapatite gels (such as Radiesse) and liquid silicone have all been used off-label to treat nasal deformities. Silicone can be deleterious and can increase the risk of serious complications such as nodules, cellulitis and ulceration.

In the same way, the injection technique can make a difference in terms of satisfaction when filling facial folds. Such practices also play a role in correcting nasal imperfections.

For example, these fillers should not be used at the base and tip of the nose, and should be injected deeply to avoid complications.

Risks, complications and side effects

There are some rare risks associated with secondary rhinoplasty:

  • Temporary loss of sense of smell;
  • Prolonged swelling;
  • Rupture of small blood vessels;
  • Perforation of the septum;
  • Poor healing;
  • Respiratory problems.

That’s why you should trust us to help you choose your surgeon in Istanbul, and opt for a reputable and experienced practitioner.

Note that in the Islamic religion, secondary rhinoplasty is not haram. It is accepted if the aim is to remove a defect affecting the body.

To ensure the comfort of wheelchair users, we have set up equipment adapted for people with reduced mobility.

Post-operative follow-up for secondary rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty is similar to primary rhinoplasty. Nasal packing helps to reduce swelling and bleeding after the operation, but you will not be able to breathe through your nose until the bits have been removed.

Your surgeon may prescribe painkillers to help relieve the pain associated with the operation. You may experience nausea after the operation. If you have had this problem, let your surgeon and anaesthetist know so that you can receive anti-nausea medication in advance.

Photo avant après d'une rhinoplastie secondaire à Istanbul
Before and after photo of secondary rhinoplasty in Istanbul

There may be some bleeding during the first few days. Applying a cold compress to your forehead can help reduce swelling. It is also advisable to elevate your head for the first week after the operation and to avoid any trauma to the nose for six to eight weeks after the operation.

You should avoid blowing your nose for two to three weeks after any type of rhinoplasty. However, your airways should be clear as soon as the packets are removed, and the need to blow your nose (common when the airways are blocked) should diminish significantly after the operation.

You will probably be asked to return in three to seven days so that the stitches and plaster can be removed. Your nose will still be swollen, but after two weeks much of the swelling will have gone down.


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FAQ – Frequently asked questions

How long does a revision rhinoplasty last in Turkey?

A rhinoplasty operation, whether secondary or not, produces definitive results. A few months after the operation, the patient obtains the final result and permanently enjoys his or her new profile. In rare cases, touch-ups may be made if necessary.

Secondary rhinoplasty is not a painful cosmetic operation. It is performed under general anaesthetic. The post-operative period is also painless. A simple respiratory discomfort may be felt for the first few days.

After a first unsuccessful operation, every patient obviously hopes for a successful reconstructive rhinoplasty. This operation is commonplace in Turkey, and the surgeons trained in this technique are renowned for their professionalism. The reported success rate is 98%.

Although it can be carried out from the age of 16 with the help of a parent, it is preferable to wait until adulthood before undergoing rhinoplasty. A secondary rhinoplasty should not be carried out before this age.

The swelling that appears after a secondary rhinoplasty disappears within 15 days of the operation. The nose then gradually deflates over a period of 3 to 6 months. This process may take a little longer than with a primary rhinoplasty. Final results may be visible after 12 months.

To have a secondary rhinoplasty in Turkey, you will need to plan a stay of 6 or 7 days. These will include the necessary pre-operative visits, the day of the operation, an overnight stay in hospital and a check-up before your return.

About the author

Laurence

My name is Laurence Tung. I'm a medical writer with a scientific background in several fields. I have recently covered therapeutic areas such as rheumatology and hypercholesterolaemia. I also have expertise in genomics, epigenetics, molecular biology and biochemistry. I help this site to publish quality articles on medical tourism.

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