When the results of rhinoplasty surgery are not what you were hoping for, a corrective procedure like revision rhinoplasty is a good solution. Revision rhinoplasty can achieve cosmetic and functional goals that may not have been fulfilled with an initial rhinoplasty.
Reconstructive surgeons at The University of Kansas Health System are highly skilled in this delicate, complex procedure. Their in-depth understanding of facial anatomy ensures that you receive a rewarding experience and exceptional result.
What is revision rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty is a procedure designed to improve or correct the results of a previous nose surgery. This procedure is often chosen to refine the aesthetic results of an initial rhinoplasty, or repair difficulties in breathing function that were not addressed with the primary surgery.
During your consultation, you will receive a thorough examination of your nose to assess what was accomplished in your previous rhinoplasty. Your surgeon will evaluate your areas of concern and determine whether revision rhinoplasty can achieve your desired outcome. If correction is possible, your surgeon will develop a surgical plan that addresses your needs.
Who can have revision rhinoplasty?
If you have had initial rhinoplasty elsewhere and were not happy with the results, revision rhinoplasty surgery is an excellent option. People consider corrective rhinoplasty for a number of reasons, such as:
- Breathing complications were not corrected or were exacerbated by the primary procedure
- The aesthetic result from the primary rhinoplasty was not satisfactory
- The nose became injured or reinjured following previous surgery
- The original cosmetic concerns were not resolved or improved by the first rhinoplasty
- The results of the initial rhinoplasty changed over time
How does revision rhinoplasty work?
The nose is comprised of tiny bones and cartilage structures. When rhinoplasty results are flawed, or a reshaped nose becomes damaged, proper surgical revision is needed to restore the look and function of the nose. Revision rhinoplasty uses precise surgical techniques to manipulate the bones and cartilage of the nose that have already been operated on. Scar tissue is often present, which makes the procedure challenging and technically demanding.
Due to the complexity of surgery, it's important to choose a qualified surgeon. Our surgeons have a deep understanding of the complex nasal framework that allows them to perform revision rhinoplasty successfully. With their experience and skill, they can help you look and feel your best.
Benefits and risks of revision rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty can be an extremely rewarding procedure. Common benefits of revision rhinoplasty include:
- Creating a more natural-looking result
- Improving nasal symmetry and proportions
- Repairing functional disturbances
- Restoring nasal structure
What happens during revision rhinoplasty?
The exact details of your revision rhinoplasty surgery will vary depending on the nature of the adjustments being made to your nose. In some cases, cartilage grafting from either your rib or ear may be necessary to rebuild certain nasal structures.
Compared to primary rhinoplasty surgeries, revision rhinoplasties take longer due to the complexity of the procedure. However, both are usually performed as outpatient procedures under general anesthesia.
Your recovery time will depend on the extent of your surgery, although most people return to work and regular activities within 1-2 weeks. Swelling and bruising will also dissipate during this time but minor swelling can last up to a year in some cases.