Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure Facts
The surgical goal is to correct cosmetic or functional issues of the nose as a result of prior rhinoplasty surgery.
An external rhinoplasty approach is utilized. Areas of cosmetic or functional problems are improved, many times using cartilage grafts. These grafts help to “rebuild” certain cosmetic defects or help to improve the nasal airway. Dr. Corrado does not place traditional packing in the nose—he uses nasal splints inside the nose and a packing material that dissolves over time. A small cast will be placed over the nose to protect it and allow it to heal in the immediate recovery period. Other procedures, such as chin augmentation or neck liposuction, may be performed to complement the procedure. Revision rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia.
Length of time
The amount of procedure time varies based on what types of refinements are necessary. These times can range from one hour or longer, depending on the complexity of the case. All procedures are performed at a fully accredited outpatient surgery center.
After the procedure
All patients are sent home on the day of surgery and are given a set of post-procedure instructions to follow. The patient will follow up the next day in the office for a post-procedure check and again on the day after surgery. At this visit, the sutures and nasal splint will be removed.
Most patients can return to work in about a week, although all individual patient recovery times vary. Patients are asked to refrain from physical exertion for a period of three weeks. Bruising is variable depending on the patient, although most are resolved within one to two weeks. Most of the extensive swelling is resolved in the first few weeks after surgery. Revision rhinoplasty typically takes longer to fully heal compared to primary procedures. Subtle changes in nasal swelling and appearance will be seen for up to two years as the nose completely heals.