Is Rhinoplasty Permanent?

Unlike breast augmentation, facelift surgery, or eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty or nose job surgery is permanent. If done properly, repeat surgery later in life should not be necessary. It is important that during rhinoplasty, the nose is kept structurally sound and a nose is built for life. If the nose cartilage or bone is weakened to much, it could collapse afterwards and lead to an inverted V deformity or saddle nose. Sometimes, cartilage grafts are needed to strengthen a nose during nose surgery to keep it from collapsing.

Because of the cartilage and scar tissue formed after rhinoplasty, the nose remains stiff and will not droop or lose elasticity over time as an unoperated nose might. This also is what causes jowling, neck skin laxity, and an ill defined jawline.

Dr. Funk is a rhinoplasty expert in Houston, TX.

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