You may have heard of rhinoplasty revisions and wondered how it is different from regular rhinoplasty.
What is Revision Rhinoplasty?
If you have had rhinoplasty surgery before and you are suffering as a result of severe scarring from previous surgery, or a collapse of the tissue inside or outside, or even missing pieces of cartilage; you may require revision rhinoplasty as a secondary correction procedure.
How is Revision Rhinoplasty Surgery Done?
Because revision rhinoplasty surgeries are performed to correct a previous nose surgery or to repair an injury, they are often significantly more complex than primary rhinoplasty. For that reason, you need to find a surgeon with adequate experience and credentials before undergoing revision rhinoplasty surgery.
It is recommended that you wait a year after your initial surgery before you book your revision rhinoplasty. Use the time to get physically fit and healthy. Have a thorough discussion with your surgeon about exactly why you are unhappy with your first nose surgery and what your expectations are – this is one of the most important aspects of a successful procedure. Effective communication is as important as the surgery itself. Discuss in detail the risks, required anesthesia, how the procedure will be completed and what you can expect from the revision rhinoplasty.
Each revision rhinoplasty procedure is different as the patient is unique. The common aim of revision nose surgery is to restore both structure and function.
During revision rhinoplasty surgery, incisions can be made on the inside of the nose (closed rhinoplasty), or on the underside of the nose between the nostrils (open rhinoplasty). The skin of the nose is then separated from the underlying bone and cartilage and the procedure is done.
After your revision rhinoplasty procedure, nasal packing will help reduce swelling and bleeding. You will therefore not be able to breathe through your nose until the packing is removed. Applying a cold compress to your forehead will also help to reduce the swelling. Avoid blowing your nose for two to three weeks.
As with primary rhinoplasty, there are certain risks such as anesthesia complications, prolonged swelling, the bursting of small blood vessels, and a temporary loss of smell. Be sure to discuss the risks with you surgeon prior to surgery.
About Dr. Wolf and Why Dr. Wolf for Revision Rhinoplasty in Miami
If you are considering revision rhinoplasty, Miami Plastic Surgery is a wise choice. A highly-regarded revision rhinoplasty specialist and leader in his field with over 20 years’ experience, Dr. Carlos Wolf usually performs revision rhinoplasty as an outpatient procedure.