The Kentuckiana Center for Rhinoplasty, located in the Physician’s Center for Beauty, is dedicated to cosmetic surgery of the nose. The surgeons are eminently trained, certified and experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeons, who have performed well over 4,500 cosmetic nose surgeries.
Revision rhinoplasty is performed to improve the results of a previous rhinoplasty procedure. Even a perfectly performed procedure may not deliver the results the patient wants or expects. Patients who are unhappy with the outcomes of primary rhinoplasty may want a second chance at an attractive, proportional nose.
Revision rhinoplasty is a more challenging procedure than primary rhinoplasty, and requires the skill and experience of plastic surgeons. Thanks to their first-class training and finely honed surgical approach, Louisville plastic surgeons Dr. Sean Maguire and Dr. Larry Florman are the ideal surgeons to perform revision rhinoplasty.
What Does Revision Rhinoplasty Accomplish
Revision rhinoplasty can be performed to accomplish any of the following goals:
- Reduce a nose that is still too big or out of proportion with the rest of the face
- Correct asymmetry or irregularities in the nasal tip
- Reduce the nasal bridge
- Fix breathing problems that have developed since the primary procedure
- Address over- or under-correction
- Correct an unexpected complication that occurred during the recovery from primary rhinoplasty
The Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure
Most revision rhinoplasty procedures are longer and more complex than primary rhinoplasty. Drs. Maguire and Florman have to consider factors like scar tissue caused by the primary procedure.
During revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Maguire and Dr. Florman follow the treatment plan as determined during the pre-operative planning stages. This plan could include refining or recontouring the existing nasal structures or, if the nose is structurally compromised, using grafts to rebuild the nose. They carefully and precisely mold the nasal bone and cartilage, adding or removing tissue as needed to achieve the desired results.
Like primary rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis. Anesthesia is used to prevent any pain. The length of the operation depends on the scope of the treatment plan, but lasts several hours.
Recovering from Revision Rhinoplasty
The recovery process is similar to that of primary rhinoplasty. Patients normally experience bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes. They are asked to keep their heads elevated during the initial healing and to use ice packs to reduce swelling. Pain medication can be taken as prescribed to alleviate any discomfort after surgery.
The majority of the bruising and swelling subsides within the first five to seven days. The initial results become apparent as the swelling starts to resolve. Most patients are able to resume work or school within seven to 10 days. Swelling can take several months to completely subside and it can take up to a year for the results to stabilize.
Am I a Candidate for Revision Rhinoplasty?
Dr. Maguire and Dr. Florman evaluate every candidate for revision rhinoplasty on an individual basis. In general, you may be a suitable candidate for rhinoplasty if you:
- Want to refine or reshape the results of a prior rhinoplasty procedure
- Have waited 12 months for your primary rhinoplasty results to stabilize
- Understand the challenges of revision rhinoplasty and have reasonable goals
- Can clearly communicate your desires and expectations to Dr. Maguire
Book a Revision Rhinoplasty Consultation
To meet Dr. Maguire and Dr. Florman and discuss your goals and expectations with them, please book a consultation at the Kentuckiana Center for Rhinoplasty. Call (502) 749-6581 today to request an appointment. There is no charge for this consultation.