What is revision rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty is a correctional surgery done after a previous rhinoplasty to rectify its mistakes or errors, whether cosmetic (results that aren’t appealing to the patient) or functional (results that in some way inhibit normal breathing).
Revision rhinoplasty tends to be more complicated than primary rhinoplasty and requires the combination of both extensive anatomical knowledge and hands-on skills to make the surgery a success. Revision rhinoplasty is considered by some to be the most challenging of plastic surgery procedures.
Fellowship-trained and board-certified, Dr. Paul Afrooz brings a passion and perfection to each of his patients and each of his surgeries. In addition to prolifically authoring peer-reviewed literature on 4 distinct cosmetic surgeries, he is frequently invited to lecture and educate on cosmetic surgery internationally. Dr. Afrooz trained at the most prestigious cosmetic surgery training programs in the world and has years of experience and thousands of satisfied patients to his credit.
He has yet to see a revision rhinoplasty patient he was unable to treat to total satisfaction.
Am I a candidate for revision rhinoplasty?
If for either cosmetic or physical reasons you find yourself not satisfied with a previous rhinoplasty, you are likely a candidate for revision rhinoplasty. Patients typically consider revision rhinoplasty for these reasons:
- The initial rhinoplasty surgery failed to provide the intended results
- The procedure overcorrected the problem and led to the development of other cosmetic concerns
- After the procedure, the healing process altered the outcome of the surgery
- The surgery negatively impacted the use or function of the nose
How long after rhinoplasty can I get a revision?
It is typically advisable that patients wait one year after rhinoplasty before undergoing revision rhinoplasty, as throughout this time swelling is subsiding and tissue is recovering and we do not want to interrupt that. The nasal swelling takes about one year to subside and it takes at least one year for scar tissue to regain its normal soft texture.
Types of revision rhinoplasty
Closed rhinoplasty: Dr. Afrooz uses incisions inside the nose to limit the trauma experienced. Moreover, this technique has the advantage of eliminating visible scars after the procedure and tends to be safer when the patient has scarring left from previous surgery. Patients requiring mild correction can undergo closed rhinoplasty as it comes with minor limitations to accessing the entire nasal structure.
Open rhinoplasty: Entails greater reconstruction to various of the structures of the nose. Though the procedure may be technical, the surgeon gets a clear visual, better access, and understanding of the region that needs correction.