Rhinoplasty is among the most popular cosmetic surgeries available and patients are usually ecstatic about their results. However, if you are unhappy with the look of your new nose shape or you are having trouble breathing following nose surgery, revision rhinoplasty is offered at our practice in New Jersey. Revision or secondary nose surgery sometimes includes small adjustments to better the appearance of the nose or includes total reconstruction to address the architecture of it, allowing for easier breathing. You do not have to live with second-rate results or deal with functional issues following rhinoplasty — arrange an appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Smita Ramanadham to learn more about revision rhinoplasty and your opportunities for achieving more satisfying results.
You may be an ideal candidate for secondary rhinoplasty if you need to amend or fix the complications from your previous procedure. Rhinoplasty revision is mostly performed to repair or change the shape and function of your nose. Patients should be looking for a lasting repair and have sensible goals before pursuing a revision rhinoplasty surgery. You should also know that this surgery can be much more difficult than the original rhinoplasty.
Prior to initiating revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Ramanadham will meet with you to understand your unique needs and aesthetic goals before designing a course of action. For the actual operation, Dr. Ramanadham will either use a closed or open approach. When using the open technique (the most common approach), Dr. Ramanadham will separate the skin from the cartilage and bone, allowing for more visibility. Next, Dr. Ramanadham will shape the nose to the requested frame. The closed technique is simpler to perform and commonly used for less dramatic results. Sometimes during revision rhinoplasty, a cartilage or bone graft is needed to help with the reconstruction process for strengthening the framework of the nose.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Revision rhinoplasty is usually completed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The duration of your surgery depends upon the amount of repair and whether the open or closed technique was used. Following the surgery, you will be asked to wear a nose splint for up to a week and could be asked to arrange a follow-up appointment to remove both the splint and stitches. This will also allow Dr. Ramanadham to assess your progress. Since revision rhinoplasty can typically be more difficult than the primary surgery, you can expect the recovery to be more lengthy. You could experience heavy swelling, bruising, and some pain for around two weeks.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- How much does a revision rhinoplasty cost?
Your cost for revision rhinoplasty will vary greatly, depending on how much reconstruction is required. In your initial consultation, Dr. Ramanadham will understand your concerns and goals before assessing your nose. Once a revision rhinoplasty surgical plan is created, she can more accurately estimate your costs. Dr. Ramanadham will also go over payments we accept and give you information on low-interest medical financing to help make your surgery more affordable.
- How long should I wait after my original rhinoplasty?
It is crucial to allow your nose time to heal following nose surgery. In most patients, it may take more than one year for swelling to completely subside so you can see the final shape of your nose. Once your nose is fully healed from nose surgery, you need to take some time to decide how you much you like or dislike the appearance and then schedule an appointment with Dr. Ramanadham.
- How common are revision rhinoplasty procedures?
Nose surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries and many people are pleased with their outcomes. Although, some nose surgeries might need another surgery to finish the results or to fix small cosmetic flaws. In a few patients, revision nose surgery is necessary to repair large cosmetic flaws or functional issues caused by the first surgery. If you are unhappy at all with your nose surgery by Dr. Ramanadham or another plastic surgeon, visit us for a consultation to get more information on revision rhinoplasty.
- How can I ensure that I will receive better results with a revision procedure?
It is very important to do your research when looking for a plastic surgeon to do a revision rhinoplasty. Dr. Ramanadham is a skilled plastic surgeon with years of training and experience in nose surgery with a unique interest in secondary surgery. She understands the extra skill and advanced techniques needed to complete a second rhinoplasty but not collapsing the support structure.
- Will I need cartilage grafting?
In some cases, cartilage grafting might be needed. Cartilage grafting is done by removing cartilage and/or bone from another part of the body, like the ribs, and transferring it to rebuild the structure of your nose. Usually, this is only required in serious cases or when the cartilage was damaged in the first rhinoplasty surgery. Cartilage grafting might be needed to help strengthen your nasal structure so you do not have trouble breathing after revision rhinoplasty. Dr. Ramanadham will discuss if cartilage grafting may be needed in your initial consultation.
MODIFY YOUR LOOK
Our practice is committed to ensuring that you receive the look you want, even more so if you had a less-than-desirable experience with your initial rhinoplasty. During your consultation, we will work with you to gain an understanding of your needs and goals before talking about your options to provide you with the best possible outcome. If you are considering secondary rhinoplasty surgery and are ready to schedule your consultation with Dr. Ramanadham, contact our New Jersey office today.