If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose after a nose job, you may be considering revision rhinoplasty. This is a surgical procedure that can improve the look of your nose and repair the issues they may have had during their previous plastic surgery. Revision rhinoplasty can make you feel more confident in your appearance. This guide will discuss the basics of revision rhinoplasty surgery for men. We will cover everything from what to expect during surgery to tips when preparing for recovery.
- What is done in a revision rhinoplasty?
- Who is a good candidate for it?
- The risks and benefits of revision rhinoplasty surgery
- How to prepare for revision rhinoplasty surgery
- What to expect during and after the procedure
- Recovery tips for revision rhinoplasty surgery patients
What is done in a male revision rhinoplasty?
Most plastic surgeons agree that rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging cosmetic plastic surgery procedures for many reasons. The nose is a complex structure with a prominent position in the center of one’s face. Male rhinoplasty requires simultaneously correcting nasal deformities while preserving maximal nasal function. One cannot make a nose look good without optimizing nasal airway function. Because of its complexity, some rhinoplasty procedures may fail to achieve the target goal that both the doctor and patient expectations. This is where a secondary surgery (revision rhinoplasty) is needed to repair or improve the previous one.
In revision rhinoplasty, the surgeon will typically readjust the bones and cartilage in the nasal area. This can involve adding or removing tissue and may also include changing the shape of the nose.
Who is a good candidate for it?
A good candidate for a revision rhinoplasty is someone unhappy with the appearance of their nose after their original surgery and who feels that their breathing has not improved sufficiently. It is important to remember that revision rhinoplasty is a more complex procedure than the initial surgery. So it is important to have realistic expectations about what can be achieved.
The risks and benefits of revision rhinoplasty surgery
Your plastic surgeon should discuss the risks and benefits of revision rhinoplasty surgery before making a decision to undergo the procedure. Typical risks associated with revision rhinoplasty surgery include infection, scarring, and changes in sensation.
Other than that, here are some more situations that a patient who would like to undergo secondary surgery must consider.
- Patients who are often unhappy with their prior facial plastic surgery may not understand that further rhinoplasty may not be successful in completely correcting cosmetic deformities which were not fixed in the last surgery or occurred as a result of surgery.
- Scar tissue from prior rhinoplasty is often an issue in revision cases and can limit the outcome since it may recur even after successful revision rhinoplasty.
- Revision rhinoplasty often requires the use of cartilage to replace damaged or deficient cartilage removed in the prior surgery.
However, the benefits of revision rhinoplasty surgery can be significant. The surgeon can correct errors from the original surgery, improve breathing difficulties and nasal function, and achieve a more aesthetically pleasing result.
How to prepare for revision rhinoplasty
Before undergoing a revision nose surgery, patients should be sure to discuss the procedure with their board-certified rhinoplasty surgeons and understand the risks and benefits involved. It is essential to have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with the surgery.
Like most patients, you will likely need to stop taking blood-thinning medications like aspirin and ibuprofen several weeks before the surgery. You will also need to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol in the weeks leading up to the surgery.
Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery and help you out for the first few days following the procedure.
How does revision rhinoplasty surgery work
Reconstructive surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia. Typically, during this surgery, facial plastic surgeons make an incision at the columella (the dividing line between the nostrils) to expose any scar tissue. The surgeon may also use this columella incision if they have to remove some of the tissue along the nasal septum (the wall that separates the two passages of air). Incisions are primarily internal, though a small external incision is sometimes used.
If there is a lot of scar tissue, the surgeon may make additional incisions inside each nostril to remove it. The columella incision will then be closed with sutures and Steri-strips. All other incisions will be closed with absorbable stitches or skin glue.
The incisions are then covered with a bandage for about one week after the surgery. After this, you can wash your face gently in the shower with lukewarm water. Avoid scrubbing the nasal area too hard.
Aftercare is quite similar to that recommended following any cosmetic surgical procedure. Patients may expect 5-7 days of swelling in the nose.
Recovery tips for revision rhinoplasty patients
The recovery process following your nose surgery can be challenging. Here are some tips to help make the process a bit easier:
- Be sure to rest as much as possible in the days following the surgery.
- Avoid wearing eyeglasses or screen readers while your nose is healing.
- Avoid strenuous activities for at least two weeks after the surgery.
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol in the weeks leading up to and following the surgery.
- Wash your face gently in the shower with lukewarm water. Avoid scrubbing the nasal area too hard.
- Follow your surgeon’s instructions on postoperative care.
Revision rhinoplasty is indeed a delicate surgery. It’s important to have a clear idea of what you want before undergoing the procedure. This guide should give you a good starting point for understanding the difference between your primary rhinoplasty and the need to have a revision rhinoplasty, as well as its potential risks and benefits. If you have any questions, we advise you to reach out to your trusted plastic surgeon so they can guide you to understand your present condition better. Have you undergone revision rhinoplasty? Please share your final result and experience in the comments below.