In some cases, rhinoplasty does not produce the desired results — perhaps because of a technical error that occurred during the primary surgery, or because the goals of the procedure were not clearly articulated during the consultative phase. In other scenarios, the primary nose job may have caused nasal obstruction, or sustained trauma or an injury following rhinoplasty.
Whatever the reason may be, if you are unhappy with the results of a previous rhinoplasty, consider revision surgery with Dr. Abdullah, one of the top revision rhinoplasty surgeons in the Midwest. Frequently sought after by rhinoplasty patients to correct procedures performed by other surgeons, Dr. Abdullah can reshape the nose and restore balance, beauty and harmony to your facial appearance. Although you may feel wary of undergoing another procedure, rest assured that you are in the skilled hands of a renowned rhinoplasty authority who has performed the procedure thousands of times.
What to Know about Revision Rhinoplasty
Revision rhinoplasty is typically performed for one of three reasons:
- The patient is unhappy with the appearance of the nose after primary rhinoplasty
- The patient experiences difficulty breathing through the nose after primary rhinoplasty
- The patient suffers a traumatic blow or injury to the nose following primary rhinoplasty
Because it is a complicated procedure, revision rhinoplasty requires careful planning. It’s very important to set realistic and reasonable expectations of the end result ahead of time. Dr. Abdullah will consult with you to determine what you don’t like about your primary rhinoplasty results, and what you would like to improve upon. Computer imaging technology may be used during the surgical planning phase to enhance your understanding of the procedure and what it can accomplish.
Revision rhinoplasty may be performed as an open or closed procedure. Closed rhinoplasty is performed via incisions made inside the nose; this eliminates the chance of visible scarring. Open rhinoplasty is performed through surgical incisions across the columella, the strip of skin separating the nostrils. This leaves a small scar (usually undetectable) but allows Dr. Abdullah greater access to the nasal tissues and bone. Dr. Abdullah will explain both options to you during your initial consultation, and will recommend the approach that he feels will produce the most precise and aesthetically pleasing results.
Some of the problems that Dr. Abdullah can address with revision rhinoplasty include:
- Persistent hump on the bridge of the nose
- “Scooped-out” nose
- Under- or over-projected tip
- Deviated septum
- Nasal obstruction
- Nasal valve collapse
Revision rhinoplasty is usually more demanding than primary rhinoplasty because there is often scar tissue from the original procedure that is difficult to work with, and because the structural integrity of the nose may have been compromised during the first operation.
In many cases, primary rhinoplasty involves the removal of cartilage, which leaves an insufficient amount of cartilage to harvest for grafting purposes. If this is the case, and Dr. Abdullah needs to rebuild the nasal bridge or add more structure to the nose, he can graft cartilage from another area of the body, such as the septum, the ear or the jaw. In some cases where it is medically appropriate, he may use an artificial implant.
Recovering from revision rhinoplasty is similar to recovering from primary rhinoplasty, although it may take longer for the post-operative swelling to fully dissipate.