Revision rhinoplasty is a procedure that reshapes a person’s nose after at least one previous rhinoplasty surgery. Simply put, the person’s previous rhinoplasty is being “revised” to create a different result. About 20% of rhinoplasty patients later choose to have revision rhinoplasty to repair the appearance or function of their nose. If you are unhappy with the results of your previous rhinoplasty or your nose has since been damaged, consider getting your revision rhinoplasty from Dr. Robert Mounsey.
The Revision Rhinoplasty Surgery
The approaches and techniques used in revision rhinoplasty are similar to those used in primary rhinoplasty. The patient is put under with general anesthesia at the beginning of the procedure, then the nose is opened up with incisions made around the nostrils. From this point, grafts or implants can be removed or repositioned, new grafts or implants can be put in, and the existing cartilage can be reshaped as necessary. The skin tissue is then placed back over the nose and secured in place.
This procedure can be more challenging to plastic surgeons than primary rhinoplasty because the surgeon has to accommodate the results of your previous surgery. This can include things like implants, grafts, or scar tissue.
The Revision Rhinoplasty Recovery
There are many reasons why patients choose to undergo revision rhinoplasty. Some patients aren’t satisfied with the way their nose looks or functions after their previous surgery. This can happen for several reasons. If the nose doesn’t heal as expected, the results may look different than expected. There may be small touch-ups needed to get the nose to look just right. Patients also may find that their nose looks the way it was supposed to, but that look doesn’t work very well with the rest of the face. That is especially common when patients go to a bargain or discount plastic surgeon who doesn’t have the training or experience necessary to create a nose unique to the patient. Going to a bargain surgeon can also result in a botched rhinoplasty, which will require revision rhinoplasty to correct it.
Sometimes revision rhinoplasty has nothing to do with the previous surgery. The nose is still vulnerable to trauma or other types of damage after rhinoplasty, and it’s even more vulnerable before it finishes healing. If you have an accident or experience any type of trauma to your nose, it may require additional surgery to repair it. Your nose may also develop issues that affect its function, such as a deviated septum or nasal polyps.
Revision Rhinoplasty FAQs
Am I a candidate for revision rhinoplasty?
If you have had an unsatisfactory rhinoplasty surgery or are interested in further improving the appearance and function of your nose after a previous rhinoplasty, you can be considered for revision rhinoplasty. Ideal candidates are generally healthy and nonsmokers with realistic expectations for their procedure.
Are there any complications associated with revision rhinoplasty?
There is a risk of complications with revision rhinoplasty, which may include negative reactions to the anesthesia, excessive scarring, and blood clots. Serious complications like these are extremely rare for patients to experience. Most patients are able to get through their surgery and recovery with bruising and swelling that goes away after a short time. Dr. Mounsey will discuss all the potential risks and side effects of revision rhinoplasty with you during your patient consultation.
How long do I have to wait before I can get revision rhinoplasty?
Timing is really important for your revision rhinoplasty. Your nose needs to be completely healed before it will be stable enough to undergo additional surgery. Typically, patients need to wait at least a year between procedures to give the swelling plenty of time to subside. This also allows the scar tissue time to soften up so it’s easier to work with.
What makes revision rhinoplasty different from primary rhinoplasty?
Primary rhinoplasty is a term that applies to a patient’s very first rhinoplasty surgery. Any nose reshaping procedure after that is a revision rhinoplasty. In terms of the actual surgery, revision rhinoplasty and primary rhinoplasty aren’t that different. However, the procedure is more difficult for the surgeon to perform, which is why it’s important that you choose a surgeon who is skilled in both primary rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty.
Is there a limit to how many revision rhinoplasty surgeries I can have?
There is no set limit for how many previous nose surgeries you can have, but there is a limit to how much a revision rhinoplasty surgeon can do for you. Your nose can only take so much before you risk permanent and irreversible damage. However, revision rhinoplasty isn’t necessarily as extensive as your primary rhinoplasty. It can be used for minor touch-ups or it could focus on an area of your nose that your previous rhinoplasty did not. Dr. Mounsey evaluates each patient individually to determine if their nose is suitable for revision rhinoplasty, even if you have already had revision rhinoplasty before.
Is revision rhinoplasty more expensive than primary rhinoplasty?
It can be, but that isn’t true for all patients. Each case is different depending on what your nose needs and how Dr. Mounsey will approach your surgery. If you are getting revision rhinoplasty to help improve the function of your nose or to improve your overall health, there is a possibility that you can have your procedure partially or fully covered by your insurance. If your insurance won’t cover your procedure, which is usually the case, Dr. Mounsey offers different financing options for his patients through his practice to help you pay for your revision rhinoplasty.
Do I have to go back to the same doctor who did my primary rhinoplasty for my revision rhinoplasty?
You are not required to see the same surgeon again. In fact, if you are unhappy with how your previous surgeon performed the procedure, you should definitely look into other plastic surgeons. Not every rhinoplasty surgeon is capable of or even qualified to perform revision rhinoplasty surgery. Even though the two procedures are similar, they are not exactly the same. It takes a skilled and knowledgeable plastic surgeon to know the difference.
Why should I choose Dr. Mounsey as my revision rhinoplasty surgeon?
Dr. Robert Mounsey is a facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience in both rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. He is highly respected for his work among his patients and colleagues, and he is considered one of the best facial plastic surgeons in Toronto. Dr. Mounsey limits his practice to facial surgery, which means he only performs surgery on the head, face, and neck. This allows him to focus his energy on a few select procedures in order to provide his patients with the best possible results.
How do I schedule a patient consultation with Dr. Mounsey?
You can make an appointment for a patient consultation with Dr. Mounsey at Revesse Rhinoplasty and Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Toronto, ON by calling 416-438-2499 or by sending your information to Dr. Mounsey through the Contact page on his website.
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