What is Revision Rhinoplasty?

Revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct or improve the results of previous rhinoplasty surgery. It is also known as secondary rhinoplasty. This procedure is more complex than the initial rhinoplasty surgery because it involves correcting the problems caused by the previous surgery.

If you are considering revision rhinoplasty, it is crucial to understand that this procedure is not a simple fix and requires careful consideration. It is common for patients to experience dissatisfaction with the results of their initial rhinoplasty, whether it be due to an unsatisfactory appearance or functional issues such as breathing difficulties. Revision rhinoplasty can address these concerns, but it is essential to have realistic expectations and understand the potential risks and limitations of the procedure.

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Reasons for Revision Rhinoplasty

There are several reasons why you may need revision rhinoplasty:

  • Unsatisfactory results
  • Breathing problems due to the changes made to the nasal structure
  • Structural issues, such as a collapsed nasal tip or a deviated septum
  • Trauma to your nose after the initial rhinoplasty surgery
  • Aging, as your nose may change shape as you age, and the initial rhinoplasty surgery may no longer be suitable
  • Needing to restore the shape of your nose

Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure

Revision rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia. This means you will be asleep during the procedure without pain or discomfort.

The incisions for revision rhinoplasty are typically made inside the nose or columella (the tissue between the nostrils). Our surgeons will then use various techniques to adjust the position of the nasal tip or reshape the nose, including:

Removing or adding cartilage: Cartilage grafting is often used in revision rhinoplasty to add structure and support to the nose. We may use septum, ear, or rib cartilage to achieve the desired results.

Reshaping bone: Septoplasty and turbinate reduction may be performed during revision rhinoplasty to correct breathing problems or other issues with the nose's internal structure.

Nasal Implants: In some cases, nasal implants may be used in revision rhinoplasty to add volume or improve the shape of the nose. However, implants are only sometimes necessary and may only be suitable for some.

Once the desired changes have been made, your surgeon will close the incisions using sutures and dressings. You must wear a splint on your nose several days after the surgery to protect it and help it heal.

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Revision Rhinoplasty Results

The final results of revision rhinoplasty may not be evident for several months as your nose will continue to heal and settle into its new shape. Be patient and follow your surgeon's instructions for the best possible results.

We'll schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your healing progress and ensure your results are satisfied. It is essential to attend these appointments and communicate any concerns or questions you may have.

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    Postoperative Care

    After revision rhinoplasty, you may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort; this is to be expected, and your surgeon may prescribe pain medication and antibiotics to help manage these symptoms. Keeping your head elevated for the first few days would be best to minimize swelling.

    It is important to avoid blowing your nose or any strenuous activities for at least two weeks after surgery. You should also avoid wearing glasses or sunglasses that rest on your nose for at least six weeks to prevent any pressure on the healing tissues.

    Recovery After Revision Rhinoplasty

    If you have undergone revision rhinoplasty, your recovery period may be longer than that of primary rhinoplasty. Following your surgeon's postoperative care instructions ensures a smooth recovery process.

    Resuming Activities

    You can return to work or school within one to two weeks after surgery. However, you should avoid activities that may increase your heart rate or blood pressure for at least two weeks after surgery. Similarly, you can gradually resume light exercise after two weeks but avoid contact sports or activities that may cause trauma to your nose for at least six weeks.

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    Why Choose Sanctuary Plastic Surgery for Revision Rhinoplasty?

    While all surgeons strive to achieve the ideal result in a single procedure, some patients experience problems in healing or because of a lack of communication with the original surgeon in agreeing on what changes they desire in the appearance of their nose. Sanctuary Plastic Surgery performs primary rhinoplasties and is often called upon to correct unsatisfactory results of other surgeons' rhinoplasties.

    If you think revision rhinoplasty might be for you, we're excited to learn more about how we can help you enjoy the results of your dreams. We'll work closely with you to learn about your unique physical characteristics and individual cosmetic goals, crafting a bespoke treatment plan tailored around the results you know you deserve. Reach out and set up your consultation today!

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