Revision Rhinoplasty: How Can I Ensure Positive Results the Second Time Around?

Revision or secondary, rhinoplasty is typically a more complicated procedure for a variety of reasons. If your first rhinoplasty procedure didn’t go the way you’d planned, it’s essential to have a candid conversation with an experienced surgeon to outline your goals and expectations so you can reach optimal results the second time around.

As a world-renowned plastic surgeon with experience performing both reconstructive and otolaryngology — ear, nose, and throat — surgery, Craig A. Foster, MD, FACS, at Foster Your Beauty works closely with you to identify the problems associated with your initial rhinoplasty so he can provide effective solutions.

Knowing what went wrong with your initial procedure

When you’re dissatisfied with your original rhinoplasty, Dr. Foster needs to understand why. In some cases, you may not be happy with the size, shape, or appearance of your nose after the procedure. At other times, you can experience impaired nasal function because of the surgery.

Common reasons for dissatisfaction after rhinoplasty include:

When you’ve had rhinoplasty, it can take up to a year for nasal swelling to completely subside, sometimes even longer. It can also take at least a year for scar tissue to soften, which can directly affect revision rhinoplasty.

With his extensive experience with secondary rhinoplasty procedures, Dr. Foster can guide you through the process of identifying your rhinoplasty issues as well as determining the ideal time for corrective treatments.

Outlining a strategy to correct your original rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty can be a complex procedure, especially if your initial surgery affected your nasal function.

During your consultation, Dr. Foster performs a comprehensive assessment of your nose, including your bone structure, skin, cartilage strength, and amount of cartilage available. Secondary rhinoplasty procedures almost always require cartilage grafting to better support your airway and create a better shape for your nose.

This evaluation provides Dr. Foster with a clear understanding of the challenges associated with your first procedure and whether he can correct them. He might also create a virtual mockup so you have a clear understanding of how your new nose will look after your secondary rhinoplasty.

These visuals help Dr. Foster clearly explain how he can correct your initial procedure and produce the results you’re expecting.

Understanding revision rhinoplasty surgery

There are two primary approaches to secondary rhinoplasty:

Closed rhinoplasty involves making small incisions on the inside of your nose. This rhinoplasty technique is typically less traumatic and invasive to your tissues because it targets the specific areas of your nose needing correction.

Dr. Foster performs open rhinoplasty through the underside of your nose between the nostrils. This more invasive approach might be recommended for complicated rhinoplasty cases because it can provide better visuals of the area.

While there are two primary techniques for performing revision rhinoplasty, each procedure is unique, and there’s no one-size-fits-all surgery. Based on your overall goals and the corrections needed, Dr. Foster develops a surgical approach and recommendations customized to your individual case.

Revision rhinoplasty surgeries can take up to four hours compared to primary rhinoplasty, which takes just an hour or two.

To see how Dr. Foster can ensure positive results for your second rhinoplasty, call Foster Your Beauty or schedule an appointment online today.

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