Question : Are there any differences in recovery between primary rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty?
Answer : A primary rhinoplasty procedure is a procedure done as the first surgery to reshape the nose. Revision rhinoplasty encompasses any procedure which is done as a second or secondary procedure to improve the nose. After the primary rhinoplasty, the patient may wear a cast for a week, and after this week they start to feel very good. The final results of the rhinoplasty are usually seen at about one year. However, you’ll start to have a good idea of what the nose will look like much sooner than that. In revision rhinoplasty procedures, it really depends on what the nature of the revision is. Sometimes, the revision is very, very minor and is just something done under local anesthesia in the office and the recovery time is very quick. However, if the revision rhinoplasty procedure requires grafting and more extensive surgery and repositioning of things to really re-do the primary rhinoplasty, the recovery time will be very similar to primary rhinoplasty. There may even be more swelling and edema which can last a little bit longer in major revision cases.