Revision rhinoplasty is a very challenging procedure and a specialized area in the field of plastic surgery. Sometimes patients are unsatisfied with the look of their nose after a prior rhinoplasty procedure. Going forward with another nose sculpting procedure can be a very emotional and challenging experience for the patient—an experience that requires a plastic surgeon with a great deal of empathy, compassion, training and skill.
The needs of each individual patient will vary greatly, and the list of revisions that can be made is extensive. To name a few, a revision surgery may reduce the size of the nose, reduce a nasal hump on the bridge of the nose and/or narrow and define the tip of the nose. Sometimes the nose may be restructured with the addition of cartilage support and grafts. Other times, excess cartilage or bone may be removed from the nose or reshaped.
Post-surgery, the nose will be taped for five to seven days. Plastic packing may also be placed temporarily inside of the nose. The patient will experience swelling for the first few weeks after surgery. Gradual changes in the appearance of the nose will unfold over the next several months, and it may take a year for the new nasal contour to fully develop.
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