Revision Rhinoplasty Benefits: Your Second Chance at Elegance
Revision rhinoplasty isn’t just a second chance—it’s an opportunity for precision, refinement, and true facial harmony. This procedure embodies the commitment to perfecting beauty and function, rectifying past discrepancies to unleash one’s true aesthetic potential.
Turn past surgeries into mere stepping stones. Revision rhinoplasty fixes previous flaws, crafting your nose closer to perfection.
More than just aesthetics, revision rhinoplasty can rejuvenate proper nasal functions, offering relief and comfort.
Building on past experiences, revision rhinoplasty bolsters your confidence, letting your true beauty shine unapologetically.
Explaining Revision Rhinoplasty
A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that is designed to improve the appearance and/or function of a patient’s nose. This is not an easy task—rhinoplasty is one of the most complex plastic surgeries available and things don’t always go to plan. That’s where revision rhinoplasty with the experts at Becker Plastics in Philadelphia and New Jersey can help.
Revision rhinoplasty is a secondary nose surgery that corrects the results of a previous nose job or aims to offer further benefits. It is a complex procedure as the rhinoplasty specialist must preserve the nose’s functionality while making the aesthetic changes you desire. Existing scar tissue from the previous procedure makes the surgery even more difficult.
Your nose is more complex than you think. The nasal cavity is a kind of hub for your sinuses and plays an important role in breathing. If there is any obstruction, it can be difficult to breathe easily and comfortably.
The nasal septum is a combination of bone and cartilage that ends with your nostrils. An internal coating known as the mucous membrane contains many small blood vessels. This vibrant ecosystem is intertwined and sensitive to the slightest change.
An experienced plastic surgeon can make the necessary alterations to your nose while ensuring that everything continues to work as it should. The challenging aspect of secondary rhinoplasty is providing optimal results while using the initial surgery as a starting point. A good aesthetic result depends on your surgeon’s skill and ability to preserve nasal function while creating the desired look.
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Good Candidates for Revision Rhinoplasty
The reasons people choose to have revision rhinoplasty span from cosmetic to functional. If you’re not happy with your appearance, experience difficulty breathing, or an accident has transpired since your first surgery, you may want to seek revision rhinoplasty. In terms of whether or not you’re an ideal candidate, if you’ve had a nose job in the past, chances are good that you will be eligible for a revision.
Keep in mind that changes in your health since the previous procedure may complicate matters. If you’ve developed heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or other severe ailments, your doctor may advise against the surgery. In any case, you will undergo an examination that will help your surgeon decide if it’s safe to proceed.
Exploring Risks: What to Consider for Revision Rhinoplasty
Revision rhinoplasty, like all surgical procedures, carries its own set of risks. Potential patients need to be aware of these before undergoing additional surgery. These risks include:
- Complications with Anesthesia: As with any surgery, there’s a risk of adverse reactions to anesthesia.
- Infection: Any surgical procedure opens the possibility of infection, which can complicate recovery.
- Bleeding: There is a risk of bleeding during and after the surgery.
- Poor Healing: Nasal tissue may heal unpredictably, especially if the original procedure led to poor rhinoplasty outcomes.
- Scarring: While typically internal, some scarring may be visible depending on the extent of the surgery.
- Breathing Issues: Alterations to nasal structures can impact breathing, although the goal is often to improve it.
- Dissatisfaction with Results: Even with a skilled facial plastic surgeon, there’s no guarantee of achieving the desired facial appearance.
- Need for Further Surgery: In some cases, additional surgery may be required to attain the desired outcome.
The Secondary Rhinoplasty Procedure
Choosing a board-certified surgeon with many procedures under their belt is important in setting yourself up for a positive experience. Revision surgery is difficult due to several factors such as nose skin thickness, so it’s important to choose a surgeon who can show you the successful results of their previous surgeries.
In general, there might be side effects such as temporary loss of smell, bruising, or swelling after revision rhinoplasty. However, the techniques and technology that are used by top surgeons make revision rhinoplasty a safe procedure overall.
Your Revision Rhinoplasty Recovery
The initial recovery period after your revision rhinoplasty, a specialized procedure among facial plastic surgeries, usually lasts about a week. During this time, it’s not uncommon to use ice packs to reduce swelling and discomfort. Your doctor will remove your sutures and the cast, marking the beginning of a more active healing phase. Remember, just as with your first rhinoplasty, the bones in your nose require approximately six weeks to heal completely.
Full healing from revision rhinoplasty, however, can extend over several months to a little over a year. During this period, it’s crucial to balance rest with activity. Light exercise, such as walking, can be beneficial, but you must avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities that might stress your nose or disrupt the healing process.
Your surgeon will provide detailed guidance on how to gradually reintegrate into your daily routine. This tailored approach ensures that your recovery is as smooth and efficient as possible, optimizing your healing time. Regular check-ins with your doctor will help monitor the healing process, ensuring that your nose and overall facial aesthetics are recovering as expected
Understanding the Cost of Revision Rhinoplasty
The cost of revision rhinoplasty can vary significantly based on factors like the extent of the additional surgery needed, the surgeon’s experience, and geographic location. Typically, these costs are higher than those for a primary rhinoplasty due to the complexity of correcting previous breathing issues or cosmetic procedures. Patients should consider that investing in a facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience in revision procedures can lead to more satisfactory results, potentially avoiding further corrective facial surgeries.
While insurance might cover part of the cost if the procedure addresses functional issues from the original surgery, cosmetic enhancements are usually out-of-pocket expenses. Patients should discuss all cost-related aspects with their surgeon for a clear understanding of the financial commitment involved in enhancing their facial appearance.
Why choose the Doctors at Becker Plastic Surgery
Kirk Lozada, MD, FACS
- Completed his fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and has trained with the top Facial Plastic Surgeons in Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey.
- Has traveled to Ica, Peru with Healing the Children on multiple occasions performing a high volume of cleft lip and palate surgery.
- Is currently a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and has numerous publications and presentations in the field of facial plastic surgery.
Daniel Becker, MD, FACS
- Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology (ENT).
- Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
- Top-Rated by US News and World Report, Philadelphia Magazine, South Jersey Magazine, Castle-Connelly, and others.
- Read more about rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Becker’s credentials
Nicole Schrader, MD, FACS
- She is a double board certified surgeon in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology & Head/Neck Surgery.
- Is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Has over 20 years of experience, 15+ years in private practice and has performed hundreds of facelift surgeries.
- Dr. Schrader Recognized as Best Plastic Surgeon by Town Topics Readers’ Choice Awards.
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Revision Rhinoplasty: Frequently Asked Questions
Revision rhinoplasty differs from initial rhinoplasty in a few key ways. Answering a few commonly asked questions can help you understand how this procedure will differ from your first nose surgery.
The human body is a dynamic set of systems. Rarely can you have surgery and expect your body to remain unchanged in the long run. Rhinoplasty is a procedure that may need revisiting to achieve optimal results. Depending on how your tissue and nasal septum adjust after the first procedure, secondary surgery may be in order.
Furthermore, life isn’t constant and many unpredictable circumstances can affect your nose. An accident or a health matter can burden your breathing, causing you to seek relief. The most important factor when considering a revision procedure is whether or not your nose has healed from the first procedure.
As a general rule, you’ll want to wait at least a year before having revision surgery. Your revision rhinoplasty surgeon is the one to give you the green light for a secondary nose job or to put it off for a little longer.
During your consultation, your surgeon will give you detailed instructions to best prepare for the procedure. It will be the time when you can discuss things like the cost of revision rhinoplasty, as well. Make a note of as many questions as you can think of to bring to your initial consultation. Being informed is the best way to put yourself at ease with the procedure.
If you’re a smoker, you’ll have to stop for at least a month before surgery as nicotine can impede healing and cause complications. Smoking also interferes with blood flow which is essential for a comfortable recovery and for minimizing side effects.
For the first couple of days after your surgery, you might want to get a family member or friend to help you with everyday tasks. While it may not be necessary to have someone to assist you at home, you’ll at least want to have a chaperone drive to and from the clinic.
Wearing roomy, comfortable clothes will be a great convenience on the day of the procedure, so plan accordingly. As per your doctor’s suggestion, you may want to get a humidifier to be used at night for at least the first few days.
Although you can have the procedure during any season, choosing a cooler time of the year is best. This suggestion holds for most types of cosmetic surgery for three main reasons.
Cold weather justifies wearing bulkier clothes and accessories such as hats. This will help in taking emphasis away from any bruising and swelling that results from surgery. It will also help protect your nasal skin from the sun’s UV rays.
Colder temperatures promote healing in the body and will help you recover more effectively during those first weeks and months post-surgery. This occurs because of better blood circulation combined with reduced inflammation.
A third, and possibly overlooked reason to choose the winter months is the presence of more holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays provide a convenient opportunity for taking time off work for recovery.
Minor pain may surface during recovery, but your doctor will likely recommend over-the-counter pain management options. If you are more sensitive to pain, your surgeon may prescribe more potent pain medication. In any case, you will not be left to suffer during your recovery.
Bruising and swelling may appear depending on how extensive the surgery is and how your body, in particular, reacts to the procedure. It may last a few days for up to two weeks but will usually be contained to the area surrounding the eyes. Keeping your doctor up to date will help them monitor your recovery.
If you live in the states of Pennsylvania or New Jersey, Becker Plastic Surgery offers revision rhinoplasty among its services. For a full list of services, please visit our Locations page.