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.
"Dr Anthony was recommended to me, and I've had more than one procedure at his clinic. At my initial consultation I felt at ease to ask a myriad of questions. He has a warm style, listens and works to understand each individual body and situation. His work is a skilled blend of art and science, and he recommends what is best for the patient, not what is trending. Each time I've been impressed with Dr Anthony's ability to minimize scars and hide them well. In preparation for surgery, what to expect on the day is explained in detail. I'm delighted with my results which look natural and have stood the test of time well. Dr Anthony's team is excellent - Ann, Jasmine and Megan are personal and caring."- M.B. / Yelp / Apr 19, 2019
"I would give 10 stars if I could. I have worked as a nurse in the aesthetics field for 15 years. I turned 60 in 2019 and decided to treat myself to a mini facelift and a minor nose tip revision. I was very, very lucky to be referred to Dr. James Anthony!! Although precise surgical expertise is important to me, Dr. Anthony had me at HELLO:) with his personality. He is kind, compassionate, excellent eye contact and listens to my concerns. My results are completely natural, even my friends, family, colleagues and even my own patients' say I look fresher but can't figure out what I have had done. Dr. Anthony suggested a couple of extra touches which made a huge difference to my neck bands. Thank you again for your highly experienced artistry! Yasmin at reception is always very pleasant and kind both in person and on the phone. Ann, Patient Coordinator, answers all my questions and listens to my needs. The OR staff is excellent! I had less than 1 week downtime over my Christmas holiday with minimal pain. Although, I now live in Los Angeles, I plan on returning to Dr. Anthony for an upper blepharoplasty procedure soon! Stay tuned for my before and after photos on Dr. James P. Anthony's Website."- C.C. / Yelp / Mar 03, 2020
"Dr. Anthony performed an upper and lower eyelid lift, nasolabial fold injections, neck thermage and abdominal liposuction for me (I figured as long as I was going to be under general anesthesia, I might as well get everything done at once). I am thrilled with the results. I was able to return to the office and start going out again within a week and a half of the surgery. Within two weeks, people started spontaneously telling me that I looked great -- so relaxed and well rested. It's been about five weeks since I had the procedures, and every day, I feel as if I look even better. Dr. Anthony strives to maintain a natural look -- no one would know I've had these procedures. In my initial consultation, he took his time explaining all of the options, potential risks, likely recovery time, and likely outcomes. After the consultation, he responded to my follow up questions by email, quickly and thoroughly. After the surgery, he checked in with me by phone and by email. His staff is excellent and also a great source of information about the procedures Dr. Anthony performs. I highly recommend him to anyone considering plastic surgery."- C.L. / Yelp / Feb 08, 2020
"Dr. Anthony is a highly skilled and very experienced surgeon. His work is impeccable and results exceed expectations. I have seen Dr. Anthony for a number of procedures including breast lift and augmentation, liposuction, upper eyelid lift and neck lift. I've always been thrilled with my results and surprised at how quickly I heal with minimal discomfort and zero complications. The results are completely natural. Even people who have known me for 20 years have not noticed that I had my eyes done and a neck lift! The only comments people make are "you look great" or ask if I lost weight. Dr. Anthony is kind, patient and answers all questions and his staff is great - very helpful and friendly. I have 100% confidence in him."- C.H. / Yelp / Feb 01, 2020
"I recently had eye lid surgery with Dr. Anthony who had been highly recommended by a friend. Dr. Anthony did not disappoint! I was concerned about looking fake or changing the shape of my eyes but Dr. Anthony listened to my concerns and my eyes turned out perfect. What I love about Dr. Anthony is that he made me look younger but natural, I have seen the same result with my friends who have had procedures with Dr. Anthony. My procedure was painless, short and easy. The staff was friendly and professional and addressed all of my concerns. Dr. Anthony has a great bedside manner, is an excellent surgeon and I will go back for more procedures as needed. A+"- E.M. / Yelp / Dec 03, 2019
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.