Do I Need Revision Rhinoplasty?
If you had a rhinoplasty and are unhappy with the results, a revision rhinoplasty may be the perfect procedure for you. It is performed to fix problems experienced during or after an initial rhinoplasty procedure. It is also referred to as a “secondary rhinoplasty.”
Since it can take up to a year to see the results from an initial nose job, this procedure is performed a year or more after a patient undergoes a rhinoplasty.
Patients often undergo this procedure for a variety of reasons. Below are some of the reasons you may require a secondary rhinoplasty.
You Had an Accident or Experienced Trauma to the Nose
If you were in an accident or experienced trauma to your nose after your initial rhinoplasty, you should consider getting a revision rhinoplasty. A bump or change in the alignment of your nose can commonly occur as a result of nasal trauma.
If you don’t correct this problem, you may face other types of complications, like finding it harder to breathe, which is explained in further detail below. With revision rhinoplasty, you can get back the original shape of your nose, along with improved functionality.
You Notice Difficulty While Breathing
Many times, patients undergo a rhinoplasty procedure to improve breathing. If you find that you’re having difficulty breathing after a rhinoplasty, you should consider undergoing a secondary rhinoplasty to fix this issue, as it can have a serious negative impact on your quality of living.
If you previously went to a surgeon who had inadequate experience performing rhinoplasty surgery, you may experience additional functionality problems. A revision rhinoplasty may be the perfect procedure to help you regain functionality of your nose. A skilled facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Compton will be able to help you.
The Current Appearance of Your Nose Makes You Unhappy
Undergoing an initial rhinoplasty procedure is a huge decision to make. If you followed all the recovery steps after your surgery and you are unhappy with the way your nose looks, you are a good candidate for a revision rhinoplasty.
For example, if you wanted your nose to be smaller or a different shape and the original surgeon did not accomplish this, a secondary surgery may do wonders for you. You never have to settle for suboptimal rhinoplasty results.
What to Expect from Revision Rhinoplasty
Revision rhinoplasty is a complex and delicate procedure that is unique to each individual. Dr. Compton will create a custom solution for you depending on the issue you are facing.
For instance, if the previous surgeon removed excess amounts of cartilage, Dr. Compton can use cartilage, bone, or soft-tissue grafts from another part of your body to fix the problem. Sometimes, artificial implants made from materials like silicone are used.
Revision-rhinoplasty procedures can take three or more hours to complete. The length of the surgery will depend on the types of techniques used and corrections made during the procedure.
Recovery and Downtime
After your revision rhinoplasty, you will experience some bruising, swelling, and pain in the nose area. Dr. Compton may pack your nose to help reduce swelling and bleeding; gently applying a cold compress can help reduce swelling as well.
After two weeks, the swelling should start to go down. You may resume your normal daily activities about a week after your revision rhinoplasty; however, you should refrain from exercising for at least one month. Talk to Dr. Compton about any questions or concerns you have about the recovery process.
Learn More About Revision Rhinoplasty
If you are unhappy with your results from your initial rhinoplasty, a revision rhinoplasty may be the perfect procedure for you. Contact the office of Dr. Andrew Compton for a consultation today. Dr. Compton, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, will be available to answer any questions you may have.