Revision Rhinoplasty is the name given to the Rhinoplasty which is done to correct the primary Rhinoplasty. If you feel that your nose is too big for your liking or the first Rhinoplasty procedure that was done, has thrown your face out of balance. Or maybe the ethnic Rhinoplasty you had done did not give you the satisfaction you were hoping for. There can be many reasons for opting for revision Rhinoplasty like you are suffering from breathing issues after the cosmetic Rhinoplasty.
For the first Rhinoplasty gone wrong, the surgeon is not always to be blamed, there can be other reasons too such as healing instructions not followed, or anatomical variations which result from working on the nose. Revision Rhinoplasty is usually sought for very specific problems resulting from the first procedure. For example, a cosmetic Rhinoplasty done without correcting the deviated septum will result in further crookedness necessitating a revision surgery.
Is Revision Rhinoplasty for you?
Revision Rhinoplasty is not for everybody. It is more complex than the first surgery and requires the skill of a surgeon who has a very deep understanding of the nasal anatomy and can use modern surgical techniques to correct the structure. You need to consult a surgeon who is an expert in revision Rhinoplasty and understands clearly where the problem has happened and what measures he or she can take to correct it. Of course your choice of surgeon will depend largely on your consultation with him or her.
A very clear and candid discussion has be to done with the surgeon about your goals and expectations should be on the top of your list when going for a corrective Rhinoplasty. Of course you must have has this discussion before too but please keep in mind that revision Rhinoplasty is a longer procedure and takes more time. Hence please be very sure of what changes you want to be made or want to be undone. 3-D imaging gives you a very clear idea of what your new nose will look like however it might not always be what you desire therefore make sure that the surgeon has real time before and after photos for you to see. This will give you more confidence in the surgeon that he or she knows how to produce the look that you want.
Just wanting a revision Rhinoplasty is not enough, during consultation the surgeon will also
- Examine the condition of the skin
- The cartilage strength
- The modified bone structure
- The amount of cartilage left to work with
In revision Rhinoplasty grafts are almost always necessary.
What is the correct time to go for a Revision Rhinoplasty?
A typical Rhinoplasty needs about a year to completely heal. Considerable time is needed for the swelling to completely go down and the scars to heal. Therefore it is advisable that you wait at least a complete year before you go for even a consultation for revision Rhinoplasty. If you go too soon then you risk to complicating the matter further.
What to expect during Revision Rhinoplasty?
The procedure for revision Rhinoplasty largely depends on the area of the nose the surgeon has to work on. The surgery is customized according to the concern of the patient i.e. whether the area is the upper, middle nose or just the tip. The process can be under local or general anaesthesia depending on your preference and the surgeon’s judgement. Revision Rhinoplasty takes almost twice the longer time to complete than primary Rhinoplasty. The aim of revision surgery is to restore the damage to the structure and function of the nose. The surgeon might have to use the graft from the nasal septum and if it already weak the graft will be taken from ears or the ribs. Reshaping and proportion becomes a prime concern for revision surgery.
Revision Rhinoplasty can be open or closed procedure and that depends on the surgeon’s discretion. Post-surgery recovery can take some time but with proper care and packing you will be able to recover soon. Revision Rhinoplasty is a unique, individualized, procedure and under the hands of a good surgeon, you will get excellent results.