When is a revision rhinoplasty necessary?
Revision rhinoplasty might be necessary if you don’t like the appearance of the primary rhinoplasty’s results or if you have breathing difficulties after your procedure. The plastic surgeon can reverse the results of the primary rhinoplasty or fix the cosmetic and functional concerns to provide the results you should have had the first time around. Most patients opt for revision rhinoplasty to address a combination of cosmetic and functional concerns.
Why is revision rhinoplasty a more challenging procedure?
Revision rhinoplasty is a more challenging procedure than primary rhinoplasty for several reasons. However, the most common reason for the complexity is that the primary surgery may have removed excessive cartilage bone or nasal lining, and scar tissue may have formed. Consequently, the revision rhinoplasty surgeon has relatively less cartilage to work with. The lack of sufficient cartilage may require donor material from other parts of the body, such as the ears or the ribs.
Why is a revision rhinoplasty more expensive than a primary rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasties are often more expensive than primary rhinoplasty because they necessitate more work than the primary procedure, especially if you need a cartilage or tissue graft from another part of your body. Primary rhinoplasties usually conclude within 3 hours under general anesthesia, but revision rhinoplasties may last for up to 6 hours.
How soon do you recover from the revision rhinoplasty?
You need to take a break of at least two weeks before resuming your normal activities and work. You’ll have a nasal splint or cast around your nose for the first week after the surgery, which might be taken off during your first postoperative visit. You can gently ease into your work and normal schedule during the second week, though you must avoid strenuous exercises and work. And most patients can resume full activities and exercise after 2 weeks.
What can I do to support my recovery?
- Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, supplements, and other such medications for at least two weeks. Your surgeon will help you determine which medications you can or can’t take.
- Don’t smoke for at least four weeks after the surgery.
- Have a relative or friend help around the house for at least 48 hours after your procedure.
- Wear comfortable clothes with buttons that you can remove without pulling the shirt over your head.
- Rest up and don’t overexert yourself.
- Inform your surgeon if you have any concerns.
Can I get insurance coverage for my revision rhinoplasty?
You might be eligible for insurance coverage if you need revision rhinoplasty to address functional problems, but not for cosmetic concerns. Discuss your insurance coverage options with the staff at our surgical center.