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.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
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.
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
Q – What is revision rhinoplasty?
A – Revision rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure performed after a previous rhinoplasty surgery in order to repair functional or aesthetic problems.
Q – Is revision rhinoplasty right for me?
A – 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.
Q – What happens at the consultation for revision rhinoplasty?
A – 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.
Q – What anesthesia is revision rhinoplasty performed with?
A – May be performed with local anesthesia and sedation or with general anesthesia.
Q – How is the surgery for revision rhinoplasty performed?
A – 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.
Q – How long is the surgical time for revision rhinoplasty?
A – May take two or more hours to perform.
I was very cautious when choosing a surgeon to perform my revision rhinoplasty and septoplasty. I knew that this time around I had to explore all of my options and find the BEST plastic surgeon for the job. After having my first consultation with Dr. Donath, I realized that I didn’t have to look any further. Dr. Donath, understood what I wanted fixed. He gave me an honest assessment and a realistic expectation of what my nose would look like after surgery. He more than delivered. I am so happy with the result. Dr. Donath has such a great, friendly presence that made me feel at ease. The staff was so helpful and reassuring through out the whole process. I am so happy that I chose Dr. Donath to perform my revision surgery. I have so much confidence in his abilities. Thank you!
Q-Where are the revision rhinoplasty incisions located?
A-The incisions may be located on the inside of the nose and/or on the skin between the nostrils.
Q-Will I have scars after my revision rhinoplasty surgery?
A-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.
Q-Does revision rhinoplasty involve much pain?
A-Patients generally experience less pain after revision rhinoplasty procedures than they do after primary rhinoplasty procedures.
Q-What is the recovery from revision rhinoplasty like?
A-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.
Q-When will I be able to resume work after my revision rhinoplasty surgery?
A-Work and most other normal activities can usually be resumed within about one week after the surgery.
Q-When will the stitches be removed after my revision rhinoplasty procedure?
A-Stitches are usually removed one week after the procedure.