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What You Should Know About Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty refers to a secondary nose surgery procedure for people who have had a primary rhinoplasty procedure

Most rhinoplasty cases involve a reduction or removal of nasal structures to achieve a cosmetically enhanced appearance in the nose. In some ethnic cases, nasal implants are required to add or build up to the nasal bridge of the nose. This is commonly seen with Asian and African-American noses. The size and shape of the nose is designed based on the face’s overall appearance in the shape, size, and integrity of the natural attributes of the face.

Nasal surgery is one of the most challenging of all facial surgeries due to the high level of precision and expertise required to achieve natural, cosmetically pleasing rhinoplasty results. The intricate anatomy of the nose and surrounding structures makes revision rhinoplasty a complex surgery. Surgeons must use extremely difficult correctional techniques for noses that have had too much bone or cartilage removed.

Ideal candidates for revision rhinoplasty

Ideal candidates for revision rhinoplasty include people who are unhappy with the results from their first rhinoplasty procedure, people who have had an ineffective septoplasty procedure, and people who require further improvements from their initial rhinoplasty procedure. Some of the reasons why some patients require a revision rhinoplasty include:

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The surgery results in abnormal deformities in the nose that were not present in the nose prior to surgery. Sometimes surgery can enhance a person’s pre-existing anatomical deformity, leading to pronounced appearance to the area after surgery. Cosmetic deformities require the restoration of internal and external nasal configurations that may have surfaced from the patient’s primary rhinoplasty procedure.

Unsatisfactory Outcome

Unsatisfactory outcomes usually result in a revision rhinoplasty to restore aesthetic balance.

Health-Related Issues – Breathing Problems

Rhinoplasty procedures can sometimes cause breathing problems if the patient experiences any post-op complications. This can be addressed with functional revision septoplasty and rhinoplasty procedure to open up airways for improved breathing while cosmetically improving the nose following any damage that may have occurred from the unforeseen complications.


Removing too much of the native qualities of the nose can result in an unpleasant collapse of nasal structures that have had too much supportive nasal tissue removed, thus changing the nasal anatomy in extreme proportions. These types of revision rhinoplasty procedures often entail the placement of an implant to restore the natural support that was lost in the nasal cavity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Is A Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure?

Revision rhinoplasty procedures can be performed quickly in under an hour or they may require several hours of extensive sculpting of the nose’s underlying framework. Your plastic surgeon can provide you with an estimated surgery time along with the appropriate sedation required for your specific procedure.

How Is The Recovery From Revision Rhinoplasty?

Recovery from revision rhinoplasty is similar to that of a rhinoplasty procedure with a downtime of about 10 to 14 days. Sometimes a cast and surgical tape is placed for one week following surgery to help mold and heal the nose after surgery. Most revision rhinoplasty patients can resume their normal activities within a week or two.

When Can You Get A Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure?

Patience is key in the healing of the nose from a rhinoplasty procedure. Most cosmetic plastic surgeons recommend waiting anywhere from 12 to 24 months before proceeding with a revision rhinoplasty procedure to allow the body to adequately heal from the first procedure.

How Do I Know If I Need A Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure?

Ideal candidates for revision rhinoplasty are people who want to restore their nasal shape and function. Revision rhinoplasty patients must have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the second surgery. A secondary procedure naturally presents an increased risk.

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