What is Revision Rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure which can repair problems which have occurred from a prior rhinoplasty surgery. The surgery can improve both aesthetic and functional problems. Individuals who are unhappy with the results of a previous rhinoplasty procedure and are looking for improvement may be good candidates for revision rhinoplasty. As with all surgery, patients should also have realistic expectations and be in good health. During your consultation, Dr. Donath will examine your nose to evaluate what you can expect from your surgery.
Local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia may be used for the secondary rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Donath will begin by making incisions. Some of the incisions may be located on the inside of the nostrils while it may also be necessary to make a small incision on the skin between the nostrils. Working through these incisions, the desired shape may be achieved by repositioning cartilage and replacing missing structures. The surgery typically takes two or more hours to complete.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Recovery after revision rhinoplasty is usually less extensive than after primary rhinoplasty procedures. There is generally less bruising, swelling and pain. Bruising should fade within about ten days though it may take several months for the swelling to fade. Splints and stitches may be removed in about one week, at which time most patients can return to work and other normal activities. Sun exposure and rigorous activities will be prohibited for several weeks or longer.
Revision Rhinoplasty FAQs
Revision rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure performed after a previous rhinoplasty surgery in order to repair functional or aesthetic problems.
If you are looking to improve functional or aesthetic problems of the nose resulting from a prior rhinoplasty surgery and are physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, then revision rhinoplasty may be right fro you. Dr. Donath is happy to meet with you for a consultation to help you decide if secondary rhinoplasty can best address your needs.
During the consultation for revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Donath will meet with you to examine your nose, discuss your goals, and take a thorough medical history. He will weigh other factors like age, skin type and attitude toward surgery to help determine if rhinoplasty is right for you. He will explain the technique, the anesthesia, the surgical facility, the risks and the costs associated with the surgery. Any questions or concerns that you may have will also be discussed.
May be performed with local anesthesia and sedation or with general anesthesia.
The surgery for secondary rhinoplasty will vary depending on the particular problem. Incisions may be made on the inside of the nostrils along with an additional small incision made on the skin between the nostrils. The desired shape may be achieved by repositioning cartilage or replacing missing structures.
May take two or more hours to perform.
The incisions may be located on the inside of the nose and/or on the skin between the nostrils.
Incisions made on the inside of the nostrils leave no visible scarring. While there will be a scar if an incision is made on the skin between the nostrils, it is generally small and well concealed.
Patients generally experience less pain after revision rhinoplasty procedures than they do after primary rhinoplasty procedures.
Following secondary rhinoplasty, patients usually experience a less extensive recovery than after primary rhinoplasty surgery. Pain, bruising and swelling all seem to be decreased. Most bruising will dissipate within about ten days while the swelling may take several months to fade. Splints and stitches are removed within one week. Rigorous activities and sun exposure will be prohibited for a period of time.
Work and most other normal activities can usually be resumed within about one week after the surgery.
Stitches are usually removed one week after the procedure.
Why choose Dr. Donath
- Graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University where he was a scholarship recipient and was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.
- He then completed medical school at the University of Cincinnati, widely recognized as one of the top medical centers in the country, where he was President of the school’s American Medical Student Association.
- Completing a rigorous five-year residency training program in all aspects of Head and Neck Surgery at St. Louis University.
- He additionally spent time studying at Harvard Medical School with the Director of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Mack Cheney.
- Has been nominated as a Top Doctor in Cincinnati Magazine and by Castle Connolly for many consecutive years.
- Is a national trainer of other physicians for both Galderma and Allergan, and is a frequent guest on multiple media outlets to present the public with the most recent facial aesthetic techniques.