About Revision Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is among the most prominent aesthetic surgeries available and patients are usually ecstatic about their results. But if you're not pleased with the look of your new nose shape or you're having breathing trouble following nose surgery, revision rhinoplasty can be performed at our practice in San Francisco, CA. Revision or secondary nose surgery can include small improvements to better the appearance of the nose or includes total reconstruction to rebuild it, allowing for easier breathing. You don't have to live with lackluster results or deal with functional issues following rhinoplasty — arrange an appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony for more information about revision rhinoplasty and your opportunities for achieving more aesthetically pleasing results.
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You could be a great candidate for secondary rhinoplasty if you need to alter or fix the complications from your initial rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty revision is often performed to repair or change the shape and functionality of your nose. Patients should be in search of a long-term repair and have realistic goals before pursuing a revision rhinoplasty surgery. In addition, you should know that this surgery could be significantly more difficult than the initial rhinoplasty.
Prior to initiating revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Anthony will meet with you during a consultation to understand your personal requests and aesthetic goals before designing a course of action. At the time of the actual surgery, Dr. Anthony will use either a closed or open approach. During the open technique (the most common approach), Dr. Anthony will separate the skin, cartilage, and bone, allowing for maximum visibility. Next, he will shape the nose to the requested position. The closed technique is much less invasive and is used for less complicated reformations. Sometimes during revision rhinoplasty, a cartilage or bone graft is used to help reconstruct and strengthen the framework of the nose.
What to Expect
Secondary rhinoplasty is most commonly completed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The duration of your procedure depends upon the extent of repair and the technique used. Upon the completion of the surgery, you will be asked to wear a nose splint for a few days and could be asked to arrange a follow-up appointment to remove the stitches and splint. This will also allow Dr. Anthony to check on your recovery progress. Since revision rhinoplasty can typically be more difficult than your first nose surgery, recoveries can take a bit longer. You could experience some substantial bruising and swelling, and discomfort or pain for approximately two weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a revision rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of a revision rhinoplasty varies greatly based on the amount of reconstruction needed. During your initial assessment, we will be able to more accurately determine any out-of-pocket costs. We can also discuss payment and financial planning options in your consultation.
What is cartilage grafting?
For some revision rhinoplasty procedures, cartilage grafting may be necessary. This is performed by taking bone and cartilage from a part of the body, such as the ribs, to then use it to restructure the nose. Typically, this is only needed in severe cases or if cartilage was jeopardized during the initial rhinoplasty procedure.
How common are revision rhinoplasty procedures?
While it is fairly common for some patients to want to slightly alter or touch up the results of a rhinoplasty procedure, major revisions are less common. Major revisions are needed because they are often a result of choosing an inexperienced plastic surgeon. It is important with any cosmetic procedure to choose a highly-skilled, experienced plastic surgeon that you can trust to help you achieve your desired outcome.
How can I ensure that I will receive better results with a revision procedure?
It is extremely important to do your research when looking for a revision specialist. A skilled plastic surgeon will be able to understand the alterations you are wanting and what is necessary to provide them through a revision rhinoplasty procedure. Though the procedure itself can be quite complex for some patients, the results are often pleasing.
What can I expect during recovery?
In some cases, the recovery from a revision rhinoplasty can be quicker than the initial rhinoplasty. However, this may not be the case if a cartilage graft was necessary. Following the procedure, you may experience swelling, bruising, pressure, and some discomfort. Your surgeon will be able to give you appropriate aftercare recovery instructions to help you heal properly without any major complications.
Modify Your Look
Our San Francisco practice is devoted to ensuring that you achieve the results you deserve, even more so if you had a less-than-desirable experience with your first rhinoplasty procedure. At the time of your consultation, Dr. Anthony will ask questions to gain understanding about your needs and cosmetic goals before talking about your potential options to provide you with a pleasing aesthetic outcome. If you are interested in a secondary rhinoplasty surgery and are ready to schedule your consultation with Dr. Anthony, call our San Francisco, CA facility at your earliest convenience.