Reasons for Revision Rhinoplasty
By on July 20, 2013
One of the most popular options for improving facial aesthetics is rhinoplasty. Just by making a subtle change to the contour or size of the nose, you can greatly enhance the overall appearance of your face. Such is the nature of facial aesthetics.
When you discuss rhinoplasty or any sort of cosmetic procedure with a plastic surgeon, the topic of a corrective or revision surgery may come up. We'd like to look at this issue right now so you have a better understanding of what is involved.
Rhinoplasty is a surgery that is performed in order to alter the size, shape, and overall contour of the nose. It is performed for reconstructive reasons (e.g., if someone broke their nose it can be fixed), cosmetic reasons, and even medically necessary reasons (e.g., removing structural blockages from the nasal cavity).
A revision rhinoplasty is a broad term for any secondary rhinoplasty that is done as a corrective measure following the first surgery.
Is revision rhinoplasty common?
Not necessarily, though there are many reasons why it may be required or sought after following the initial rhinoplasty. Many patients can reduce the chances of requiring revision surgery by carefully following instructions for pre-operative care and post-operative care. These will make sure that patients are in good condition while they recover.
Below are some of the most common reasons why revision surgery may be performed.
Revision Rhinoplasty for Complications/Poor Healing
After undergoing rhinoplasty, patients face a number of potential risks common with any surgery, such as infections, blood clots, and poor healing. A revision rhinoplasty in these cases would be performed in case one of these complications needs to be addressed through surgery rather than non-surgical means.
Revision Rhinoplasty for Accidental Injury
The nose is very tender for days and weeks after rhinoplasty, so much so that even sneezing, accidentally rubbing your nose during sleep, or blowing your nose can cause major problems with the results. In cases of accidents or re-injury, a plastic surgeon will be crucial for ensuring good aesthetic results.
Revision Rhinoplasty to Improve Previous Results
Sometimes after a patient undergoes a rhinoplasty and heals completely, he or she will not like the results of the surgery. In the case of these kinds of aesthetic problems, a secondary surgery would help patients achieve their aesthetic goals.
How Revision Rhinoplasty is Performed
As with the primary rhinoplasty surgery, there are different ways that the secondary/revision surgery can be performed. Surgeons want to be as minimally invasive as possible, so when possible the surgeon will work using the incisions from the initial surgery. This is not always possible since certain kinds of adjustments to the structures of the nose cannot be made without more invasive means. The exact procedure will be addressed during the consultation process.
Learn More About Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
If you would like to learn more about rhinoplasty and if it's the ideal option for you, be sure to contact our San Antonio cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible appearance.
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