What is revision rhinoplasty?
It can be difficult for some plastic surgeons to achieve the patient's desired or best results during the first rhinoplasty (nose surgery). A revision rhinoplasty in Oklahoma City, OK, is best done by an experienced nose and facial surgery, like the cosmetic surgeons at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates to carefully make subtle changes to perfect the patient's results or a larger reconstruction to correct damage done during the primary rhinoplasty. In some cases, revision rhinoplasty may require two or more surgeries to harvest and graft needed bone and cartilage that repair the nasal structure. At Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates, Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin are nose revision specialists who use their training and experience in rhinoplasty procedures to help every patient achieve their best results.
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How is revision rhinoplasty performed?
Full Rhinoplasty Revision
When the initial rhinoplasty results in unsightly features, it can be difficult for the plastic surgeon to revise the initial surgery. Open rhinoplasty is the ideal technique because it allows the doctor access to the nose’s supporting framework and corrects the internal structure of the nose as originally intended. It may involve re-cutting and reattaching the cartilage or bone. It may even need skin, tissue, or fat grafting to make sure the aesthetic intent is achieved. The peeled skin will be draped back, and a nose splint or packets may be provided to aid with healing.
Similarly, secondary rhinoplasty may be necessary to adjust minor issues from the initial surgery. It may be a case of slight unevenness or misshapen contours. In these cases, the first surgeon is often the one who will perform the touch up as the procedure is less complex and typically involves minor techniques, such as slight shaving of the bone, augmentation, or reduction for volume issues. The results from minor revision rhinoplasty are mostly satisfying.
What can I expect During/After revision rhinoplasty?
Depending on the condition, rhinoplasty reconstruction may be performed with either local anesthesia (for smaller areas) or general anesthesia (for major alterations). It is often an outpatient procedure. Just as in the initial surgery, there will be bruising and swelling around the face. It is normal to feel anxious about the results of revision surgery after the results of the original surgery. But if the surgeon is reputable and has many years of experience with rhinoplasty, the results are usually better and more natural-looking.
How much does revision rhinoplasty cost?
Depending on the correction being made, surgery can cost as low as $5,770 or can go cost more than $20,000 for the most complex deformity reconstruction. The high-end fees may include costs that come with cartilage or bone grafting and other supplementary procedures such as augmentation or reduction. The lower-end fees are normally only touch-up procedures to correct minor aesthetic issues.
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Revision Rhinoplasty FAQs
Better or Worse?
Revision procedures can be really complex since there is always the possibility of a worse outcome. It is extremely important to find a revision specialist who has years of experience with this particular treatment. It is critical for the surgeon to understand what went wrong with the initial surgery to be able to shape it into the intended surgical plan. This involves manipulating the internal structures of the nose and resetting the wrongly placed elements.
In cases when there is a loss of cartilage or bone, it will be harvested from other parts of the body – the ribs, for example. The grafted bone or cartilage will make up for the reconstruction of the internal framework of the nose. However, this is only likely in severe botched cases, which accounts for a small rate of rhinoplasty procedures.
Is This Normal?
Revision rhinoplasty is a common occurrence when it comes to cosmetic surgeries — especially minor touch-up procedures, which account for an average of 10% of all rhinoplasty cases. It is normal for some patients to find themselves wanting touch-up rhinoplasty in order to make necessary tweaks that can produce even greater results. Major revisions are less common because they are often a result of choosing an inexperienced plastic surgeon.