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Many nose revision surgeries warranted

Nashua, N.H. — Many patients who undergo secondary rhinoplasty do so to correct deformities, similar to the reasons for patients seeking primary rhinoplasty. This is in contrast to perceptions that patients seeking nose revisions are “difficult,” according to a new study.

Researchers at St. Joseph Hospital and Southern New Hampshire Medical Center studied 150 secondary rhinoplasty procedures performed in 121 women and 29 men over a 16-month period from 2007 to 2008.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the researchers analyzed the patients' reasons for surgery, any management issues, the surgeon's and patient's satisfaction with the results, and other issues. The patients had undergone one to eight previous surgeries, with an average of 3.6 procedures per patient.

The researchers found that nearly 90 percent of secondary procedures were performed to correct residual or new deformities, restore lost personal characteristics or correct functional complaints.

The study questions the idea that patients who seek secondary surgery are “demanding” or “difficult,” according to the ASPS.

The study was published in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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