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Revision Rhinoplasty

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Revision Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is one of the most challenging cosmetic surgeries to perform. Because of the complex interaction of airway issues and appearance issues, it unfortunately has one of the highest revision rates among cosmetic surgery procedures.

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For individuals who are unhappy with their rhinoplasty result, revision rhinoplasty may be an option. Revision rhinoplasty is performed after a primary rhinoplasty if the goals of the primary rhinoplasty were not achieved or if issues arose during the healing process that need to be corrected. These issues may be either functional or cosmetic. Revision rhinoplasty is typically postponed until at least one year after the primary rhinoplasty. This is because rhinoplasties take up to 1.5 years for the final result to be seen.

Dr. Breslow and Dr. Greaney of the Breslow Center for Plastic Surgery in Paramus, New Jersey, typically perform revision rhinoplasty under general anesthesia in an operating room setting. Minor revisions may be performed with just sedation. The surgery may take anywhere from 1 to 3.5 hours to complete depending on what needs to be done. As with primary rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty may be performed with either a closed or open technique. With closed rhinoplasty the incisions are made entirely inside of the nose. For open rhinoplasty, incisions are made inside of the nose along with a small incision made on the columella, or the column of skin which separates the nostrils. The surgical technique for revision rhinoplasty will depend on what needs to be revised. The procedure may be as simple as shaving down a residual bump, or as complex as reopening the nose to remove cartilage or add cartilage grafts.

For individuals who are unhappy with their rhinoplasty result, revision rhinoplasty may be an option. Revision rhinoplasty is performed after a primary rhinoplasty if the goals of the primary rhinoplasty were not achieved or if issues arose during the healing process that need to be corrected. These issues may be either functional or cosmetic. Revision rhinoplasty is typically postponed until at least one year after the primary rhinoplasty. This is because rhinoplasties take up to 1.5 years for the final result to be seen.

As with any surgery, there are potential complications. Though rare, these may include bleeding and infection. The biggest risk of revision rhinoplasty is incomplete correction of the issue for which the nose is being revised.

If you would like more information about revision rhinoplasty, please contact our Paramus, New Jersey office today.

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