Revision Rhinoplasty

A poorly done rhinoplasty can result in deformities or impaired function of the nose. A revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to repair both the form and function of a nose that has previously been operated on.

What is Revision Rhinoplasty?

A revision rhinoplasty is a procedure that corrects any issues caused by a rhinoplasty. A revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to repair both the form and function of a nose that has previously been operated on.

Benefits

The greatest benefit of revision rhinoplasty is the ability to correct the damage done from a previous surgery. Some of these specific benefits include:

  • Reshaping the nose
  • Correcting nostrils
  • Improving breathing
  • Restoring the nasal bone area

What To Expect After

The recovery process from revision rhinoplasty takes several weeks to complete depending on the extent of the procedure. During the first week, the nose is packed and splinted to allow the initial healing to take place. It is important to avoid sneezing, if possible, and any other direct impact on the nose. Ice packs can be used to relieve discomfort.

Revision Rhinoplasty Result

Once the packing and stitches are removed, patients may return to light activities and work; however, strenuous activities including exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks. The full recovery from revision rhinoplasty takes several weeks.

Revision Rhinoplasty

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR REVISION RHINOPLASTY?

A: The ideal candidate for a revision rhinoplasty includes patients who may be unsatisfied with the results from a previous nose surgery. Those without a prior surgery can schedule a rhinoplasty at Rejuva Medical Aesthetics (vs. a revision rhinoplasty).

Q: HOW DO I PREPARE FOR A REVISION RHINOPLASTY?

A: Prior to having revision rhinoplasty, it is important to schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon to discuss what you don’t like about your rhinoplasty results. Together you and your surgeon can discuss ideal results. During your consultation, you will get a detailed list of instructions before your surgery to ensure you are fully prepared.

Q: WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE APPOINTMENT?

A: Revision rhinoplasties are often outpatient procedures. During the procedure, incisions are made inside the nose or within the crease to make the incision invisible. The skin is lifted, and the corrections and reshaping are done. Once complete, the skin is placed in its original position, and the incisions are sewn up.

Q: HOW LONG DOES A REVISION RHINOPLASTY PROCEDURE TAKE?

A: Most revision rhinoplasty procedures take two to three hours to complete, depending on the amount of work to be done. Once complete, you are taken to a recovery area where you come out of your anesthesia. You can go home with the person who accompanied you to your procedure.

Q: WHEN WILL I SEE THE RESULTS?

A: While you will notice a difference immediately, the full results from revision rhinoplasty take a few weeks or months to fully become visible as swelling and bruising subside.

Q: HOW LONG WILL MY REVISION RHINOPLASTY RESULTS LAST?

A: The results from revision rhinoplasty are permanent; however, if a patient becomes dissatisfied with their results, further revision surgeries are possible. We encourage patients to discuss their goals and expectations thoroughly with their surgeon so that no additional procedures are necessary.

Q: WHAT IS THE COST OF A REVISION RHINOPLASTY?

A: The cost of revision rhinoplasty varies with each patient based on the reason for the procedure, its extent and whether it is done in combination with other facial surgery procedures. During your consultation, we will discuss the costs with you as well as our payment and financing options. Rejuva Medical Aesthetics accepts cash, personal checks, and major credit cards, and offers financing through CareCredit® and Lending USA. If the procedure is done for reasons that are medically necessary, such as to correct breathing issues or repair the nose due to trauma, insurance may provide coverage to offset the cost.

Q: WHY REJUVA?

A: Not only is Dr. Kian Karimi a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, he is also a certified ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist). With this additional training, Dr. Kian is able to balance the functionality and aesthetics of your rhinoplasty, ensuring an improved appearance along with clear breathing and a reduction in sinus issues.

Q: HOW DOES A RHINOPLASTY CORRECT BREATHING ISSUES?

A: Breathing is one of the most fundamental activities of life. If we cannot breathe, we cannot live. Due to birth defects or trauma, our ability to breathe through our nose can be impaired, often because the air pathway is physically blocked. If breathing problems go unaddressed, they can result in serious problems, including:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Increased risk of cardiovascular conditions
  • Impairments to daily life (not being able to walk up the stairs, run, etc.)
  • Increased risk of dizziness and fainting

A rhinoplasty corrects breathing issues by straightening the nose and clearing the air canal, allowing you to breathe freely again.

Q: WILL I HAVE SCARS AFTER?

A: The incisions are made so that they heal quickly with minimal scarring. Additionally, they are placed in inconspicuous places, such as inside the nose or along the creases, where they are not visible.

Q: What are the material options for a bone graft?

A: Bone grafts can be harvested from the septum, ear, and rib. We are able to trim grafts from either one’s self or a donor (cadaver).

Q: Does the body ever reject the donor tissue?

A: There are rare occasions that the nose will reject a graft which can be from one’s self or from a cadaver. The cadaver is used judicially and only in areas that minimize the risk of rejection, infection, or warping.

Q: Are there any complications with the donor cartilage?

A: The same complications exist as using any source of cartilage which include graft rejection, infection, warping, and the necessity for removal or modification. 

Q: How long will the donor cartilage last?

A: The cartilage grafts are intended to last permanently.

Q: If I use my own will it last longer?

A: There is not data or evidence to suggest that one’s own rib cartilage will last any longer or shorter than a cadaver rib graft. Cartilage does not have an inherent blood supply—no matter what the source—so surrounding the cartilage with healthy tissue that will form a permanent envelope around the graft is an important part of well-done revision rhinoplasty.

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