Revision rhinoplasty, also known as corrective nose surgery, may be needed after a first nose surgery if the patient did not get the results they wanted or if the results of the original nose surgery have been altered with time. Nose surgery can be a tricky procedure and some patients may be unhappy with their results, so an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Mooty of The Lubbock Plastic Surgery Institute can help patients achieve their ideal physical results with revision rhinoplasty. Since revision rhinoplasty can be much more complicated than the original nose surgery, patients will get better results from Dr. Mooty, a plastic surgeon with extensive training and experience in revision rhinoplasty. Dr. Mooty performs consultations for revision rhinoplasty at his offices in Lubbock and Midland where he can assess the patient’s situation and determine if they are a candidate for revision rhinoplasty. Based on the concerns the patient has about their current appearance, Dr. Mooty will help them understand realistic goals and expectations.
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Secondary rhinoplasty can be challenging as the surgeon works to correct or fix a problem stemming from the first surgery. During this procedure, the majority of surgeons will use an open approach. This entails separating the skin from the support framework of cartilage and bone, which offers the surgeon full access to the structures within the nose. The surgeon will re-sculpt the nose to a more desired shape depending on the problem being addressed. If additional tissue is needed, an autologous approach is typically taken, which uses cartilage and bone from the patient.
Some patients may be happy with the look and feel of their nose following surgery, but need a slight touch-up. This may include a visible bump or edge on the tip of the nose. The imperfection is usually found and discussed during a post-operative appointment and it is common for the original surgeon to address the issue. This surgery is less complex than the original surgery and may only involve slight shaving of the bone. It usually produces results both the patient and surgeon are content with.
Secondary rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. The duration of this surgery depends on whether the nose is being fully reconstructed or a minor alteration is being made. After surgery, patients will wear a nose splint and will experience bruising and swelling. For patients undergoing revision surgery, the process can be somewhat unnerving. The goal is for the nose to return to a natural, non-surgical appearance. If an experienced surgeon is performing the procedure, the results are often very good.
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An experienced nose surgeon who is trained and skilled in revision surgery will understand the dynamics behind what went wrong during the first operation and how to correct the problems with a secondary procedure. While the procedure itself can be quite complex, the results are often pleasing for the patient. It is extremely important to do your research when looking for a revision specialist.
In some cases, cartilage grafting will be needed in order to produce the desired results. This can be done by taking cartilage and bone from another part of the body, such as the ribs, and using it to correct a certain nasal structure. Cartilage and bone grafting are usually only needed in more severe cases, including framework reconstruction.
Revision rhinoplasty is actually somewhat common. It varies by practice and by rhinoplasty surgeon, but some experts put minor revision rates between 5-15%. A large majority of these patients desire only tweaking and minor adjustments. True reconstruction and major revision cases are on the lower end of the spectrum.