A rhinoplasty can make a major impact on your appearance. Just a slight change to the nose can cause other facial features to become more prominent or better sculpted. When you meet with a skilled Minneapolis plastic surgeon, you’ll be able to discuss your aesthetic goals in greater detail and get a better understanding of how a rhinoplasty can benefit you and your needs.
Sometimes patients will need a second rhinoplasty, however. This is known as a revision rhinoplasty, and a topic we’d like to explore in more detail right now.
What is Revision Rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty refers to a secondary rhinoplasty surgery that helps sculpt and revise the appearance of the nose. It is performed after the initial rhinoplasty surgery.
Is Revision Rhinoplasty Common?
It is not always common, though it really depends on the reason that it’s performed. Generally patients have the revision done as a corrective measure as a result of various complications. When you meet with a cosmetic plastic surgeon serving Minneapolis, these revision measures can be discussed in more detail. Below are some common reasons why the revision surgery is performed.
Aesthetic Problems and Revision Rhinoplasty
One of the most common reasons that revision rhinoplasty is performed is to address aesthetic issues following surgery, whether it’s poor appearance or general dissatisfaction with results. Should either of these be the case, the team at our Minneapolis facial plastic surgery can go over your many different options for revision.
Surgical Complications and Revision Rhinoplasty
Sometimes following rhinoplasty, patients will experience complications and adverse side effects. This may be caused by infection, poor healing, and even just the act of sneezing. In these cases, the revision surgery is performed in order to address the adverse complications and restore the patient’s health.
Injury During Recovery and Revision Rhinoplasty
The nose is very tender after the rhinoplasty surgery and will be for weeks afterward during the healing process. Even though patients can try their best to avoid incidental contact with the nose, accidents can still happen. Should this be the case, the secondary rhinoplasty becomes a kind of reconstructive facial surgery, adjusting the cartilage in order to improve the basic appearance of the nose.
How Revision Rhinoplasty is Performed
Ideally revision rhinoplasty would be performed using the same incisions as the previous surgery. This will help reduce the need for additional scarring (even though the rhinoplasty scars are generally well hidden and difficult to notice).
As with traditional rhinoplasty, there are two ways that the revision can be performed: closed (incisions within the nostrils), open (incision along the columella, the skin between the nostrils). It should be noted that the open surgery method allows surgeons greater access to the structures of the nose, which is why that option is common for involved revision rhinoplasty procedures.
Learn More About Facial Plastic Surgery
For more information about revision rhinoplasty and your many other options for facial rejuvenation and aesthetic enhancement, be sure to contact our Minneapolis, MN cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.
Dr. Christopher Kovanda is a plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He is a member of several medical professional societies including the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He has been honored with several awards including “Most Compassionate Doctor” on Vitals.com and has earned “Top Doctor” status on Realself.com. Finally, Dr. Kovanda is a Board-Certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Surgery-General and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.