Rhinoplasty is a common but difficult facial plastic surgery. Although it is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures worldwide, there is an approximately 10 to 15% “failure rate”. This means that the rhinoplasty result is unsatisfactory and needs to be redone. Revision rhinoplasty is secondary rhinoplasty. A doctor performs primary rhinoplasty to correct the aesthetic properties and function of the nose. A doctor performs revision rhinoplasty to repair the problems that happened with the previous rhinoplasty.
If you are unsatisfied with your rhinoplasty procedure and are considering another rhinoplasty surgery, then read through this post. Here, you will find some important things to know about revision rhinoplasty.
Revision Rhinoplasty: Important Things To Know
1. What Kind of Doctor Should You Choose?
Even though a doctor is a rhinoplasty surgeon or facial plastic surgeon, it doesn’t mean that they are experienced with revision rhinoplasty. There are many reasons why a doctor performs revision rhinoplasty. They range from patient dissatisfaction with the look of the nose to surgical complications. In this case, it is even more important to be proactive and research your surgeon. He or she should have a solid background in performing secondary rhinoplasty. Choosing a talented doctor will decrease the chances of complications.
At our clinic, we have a dedicated nose surgery team, who has extensive experience with performing this surgical procedure. In order for our doctor to determine whether a patient needs a revision rhinoplasty, he or she needs to do a thorough consultation. During this consultation, the doctor will get information about the previous surgery and find out exactly what went wrong and if it can be corrected.
2. What is the ultimate timing for a secondary rhinoplasty?
A revision rhinoplasty can only be performed when bruising and swelling has significantly dissipated. Therefore a patient should only consider a revision at least 3 to 6 months after their primary rhinoplasty. Before this period, nasal structures, passage cartilage, and tissue are delicate and weak. If a doctor performs a rhinoplasty during this time, the effect will most likely be negative. So after the waiting period, the chances of a successful revision soar dramatically!
3. The Procedure
The duration of revision rhinoplasty is generally between 2 to 3 hours and will require general anesthesia. Doctors can usually perform revision rhinoplasty via a closed rhinoplasty procedure or an open rhinoplasty. During this procedure, the cartilage and nasal bone are reshaped, Furthermore, cartilage grafts such as rib cartilage, septal cartilage etc can be used to provide form, structure, function, and naturalness to the nose. The downtime for a revision rhinoplasty is anywhere from 10 to 14 days. However, usually after 7 days, a patient can return to work. Scars tend to be minute as they are either within the nose or under the tip of the nose.
4. The Effect
A doctor can perform a secondary rhinoplasty to:
- Repair or resize a misshapen or distorted nose from a primary rhinoplasty
- Correct a nose that doesn’t presently fit a patient’s facial features
- Fix a nose where too much cartilage or bone was removed during a primary rhinoplasty
- Correct a primary rhinoplasty where the patient has difficulty with breathing.
- Repair a primary rhinoplasty where the doctor didn’t perform the surgery correctly
Since a revision rhinoplasty is a difficult procedure, it requires meticulous attention. Make sure you choose a clinic or doctor that has documented experience with this. Only then you can ensure that your revision rhinoplasty will be your last.