Rhinoplasty performed by an inexperienced surgeon may produce unsatisfactory results. Injury or disease can also change the initial results and make a second surgery necessary. For revision rhinoplasties, patients from Akron, Cleveland and Canton trust Dr. Steven Carp of Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center in Green and Beachwood, OH.
What Is a Revision Rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasties are cosmetic procedures that are basically a second nose job. They are often desired by those who have already had a rhinoplasty but want to see improvements in their results. People often seek a revision rhinoplasty when they are unsatisfied with the way their nose functions. As such, a revision rhinoplasty can help improve both the function and appearance of the patient’s nose.
Benefits of a Revision Rhinoplasty
A revision rhinoplasty offers a number of benefits. If you are having difficulty breathing through your nose or are unhappy with the appearance of your nose after a prior rhinoplasty, you might consider getting a revision rhinoplasty to improve the look and function of your nose.
A revision rhinoplasty does the following:
- Improves the nose appearance if the previous rhinoplasty was unsatisfactory
- Improves overall nose function, i.e., improves breathing
How Soon Following My Previous Surgery Can I Have a Revision Performed?
Normally, patients are advised to wait one year following their first rhinoplasty before having a revision performed, as the nose may continue healing and improving during this time.
How Is a Revision Rhinoplasty Performed?
Before performing a revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Carp will need to have a consultation with you so you can express any concerns you may have about your nose and whether you desire improvement in function, aesthetics, or both.
You will be sedated before the revision rhinoplasty procedure, so you should experience very little discomfort. Dr. Carp can use either open or closed methods, depending upon your own needs. In some cases, he might need additional cartilage to repair your nose if there were complications from your prior rhinoplasty. Dr. Carp will recontour and reposition the cartilage and bone, as well as widen your nasal passages if you have had difficulty breathing.
Where Are the Incisions Made for Revision Rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasties are considered either open or closed procedures. The open procedure involves making a small incision under the nose or in the column of skin separating the nostrils. The closed method involves incisions that are limited to the inside of the nose.
Are There Any Scars from Revision Rhinoplasty?
No visible scarring is produced as a result of closed revision rhinoplasties since the incisions are limited to the inside of the nose. A small scar will result from an open procedure, but it is obscured underneath the nose.
Revision Rhinoplasty Preparation
Certain medications should be avoided prior to your procedure, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and anti-inflammatories because they can increase your risk of bleeding. You must also avoid taking certain nutritional supplements for the same reason. Smoking and alcohol consumption should also be avoided.
Revision Rhinoplasty Recovery
Your nose will likely be put in a formed plastic splint if your nasal bones needed manipulation or cartilage grafting was required. Soft packing is put in your nose to prevent bleeding. Generally, patients experience a small degree of discomfort immediately after their procedure. It may take as many as 10 days or longer for bruises to completely fade away, and you should not take part in strenuous activity for up to three weeks. By one month post-surgery, most patients have healed completely.
How Much Does Revision Rhinoplasty Cost?
If rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty is performed for cosmetic reasons, you’ll likely have to pay out of pocket, as it will be considered an elective procedure by your medical insurance carrier. If it is performed in conjunction with septal surgery for functional reasons, insurance coverage may apply. For assistance with determining insurance coverage or utilizing financing, please contact us. Dr. Carp accepts payment via cash, check, or credit card as well.
If you have previously undergone a rhinoplasty but are now unsatisfied with your results, it may be time for a revision. Trust your care to board-certified physician Dr. Steven Carp, who performs revision rhinoplasty surgery at his Green and Beachwood, OH clinics on patients from Akron, Cleveland and Canton. Contact us today!