Revision rhinoplasty is a surgery performed to correct an undesirable result following an original rhinoplasty procedure. This procedure is often more complex and time intensive than the original rhinoplasty. Patient specific assessment will determine if additional support needs to be added to the nasal skeleton, or if refining the existing cartilage will produce the desired results. A functional airway assessment will ensure that nasal air flow is not compromised, while concurrently creating a desired nasal shape. Recovery time is 1-2 weeks, although final results may take 12-18 months.
The Surgical Experience
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 2-3 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will wear a nose splint and will experience bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes. Packing of the nose may be required. Once the bandages and splint are removed, the nose will look normal, but swollen, and it may take longer for the bruising to subside completely. It can take up to a full year for the nose to gain its final contour and softness.
Revision Rhinoplasty is a tailored surgery, thus the cost will vary depending on the aesthetic goals of the patient, as well as any functional corrections that need to be made. Some procedures will involve just the bone while others will involve cartilage reconstruction. On average, patients can expect to pay between $5,000-$15,000.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be a visible scar ?
The vast majority of revision rhinoplasty surgeries require an open approach, where a small incision is made between the nostrils. This method provides an ideal view of the nasal architecture and better access to the structures of the nose. Once the incision is made, the skin is moved back to allow access to the internal structures. The incision lines, which heal nicely leaving scars barely visible, are fairly small and usually measure between 2-3 mm.
Will the nose be broken?
About half of rhinoplasty patients will benefit from a manual nasal fracture during surgery. This planned break allows access to perform certain functions during surgery such as narrowing the width of the nose or correcting an asymmetrical nose. This is a common practice and heals within just a few weeks following surgery.
Will there be packing?
Nasal packing is the insertion of gauze and/or cotton packs into the nasal chamber after surgery. These are used to control bleeding, but are not necessary 100% of the time. They are generally used if the surgery includes the septum.
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