Revision rhinoplasty is sought to correct an original rhinoplasty where the cosmetic and/or functional outcome requires corrective surgery to achieve the results anticipated by the patient. Revision rhinoplasty is a complex and difficult procedure and should only be performed by a board certified facial plastic surgeon that specializes in the procedure.
Revision rhinoplasty can be costly; emotionally taxing and can open a door to a whole new set of problems. It is not something to go about lightly. However, a board certified facial plastic surgeon with expertise in this area should be able to thoroughly address every aspect of your revision rhinoplasty, from cost to expectation management to outcome.
Revision rhinoplasty is difficult because not only does it carry the risks of a primary rhinoplasty now there is scar tissue to consider, possible airway constriction and the nose will inevitably have less cartilage and compromised underlying structures.
Some of the main reasons patients seek revision rhinoplasty are:
Nostrils that have been pulled too high
A pinched and pointed tip
Noticeable creases around the nostrils
A ski slope or scooped out profile
Like a primary rhinoplasty, a revision rhinoplasty procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The entire procedure usually takes two and a half to four hours to perform. The recovery is very much like that of a primary rhinoplasty as well. Usually patients will experience bruising and swelling for five to seven days and can return to work and other regular activities when that subsides. Mild pain is managed with medication prescribed by your doctor.
It can take as long as a year for the final results of the procedure to take shape. Over the course of the year the nose will shift in appearance as it settles into its new shape.
If you are looking into a revision rhinoplasty, book a consultation with Dr. Honrado today to discuss your questions and concerns. 310.286.0043