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Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty is performed to correct complications or unsatisfactory results from a previous rhinoplasty surgery. It is a more complex procedure than primary rhinoplasty, as the surgeon must work with the existing structure of the nose, which may have been altered or damaged by the previous surgery.  

Revision rhinoplasty may be necessary for a variety of reasons, including:  Functional problems: 

  • The previous rhinoplasty may have caused breathing difficulties or other functional issues, such as a collapsed nasal valve, that need to be corrected.  

  • Aesthetic concerns: The results of the previous rhinoplasty may not have met the patient's expectations, resulting in cosmetic issues such as asymmetry, an over-resected bridge, or a pinched tip.  

  • Trauma or injury: A subsequent injury or trauma may have damaged the nose after the previous rhinoplasty surgery.  

  • Scar tissue: Scar tissue may have formed after the previous surgery, making it more difficult to achieve the desired result. 

Revision rhinoplasty is often more challenging than primary rhinoplasty, as the previous surgery may have altered the normal anatomy of the nose. The surgeon must carefully evaluate the structure of the nose and plan the surgery to address any functional or aesthetic issues while minimizing the risk of further damage to the nose.  

In some cases, revision rhinoplasty may require cartilage grafting or other advanced techniques to reconstruct or support the nose. Many times due to prior surgery there is inadequate cartilage in your nasal septum and alternative sources are needed to support the nasal structure.

Cartilage may come from your ears, rib or a tissue bank and oftentimes required when performing revision rhinoplasty.

The recovery time for revision rhinoplasty is typically longer than for primary rhinoplasty, and patients may experience more swelling and discomfort.  It is important for patients considering revision rhinoplasty to seek out an experienced facial plastic surgeon who specializes in this complex procedure. Dr. Klimczak will be able to thoroughly evaluate your needs and goals and develop a personalized treatment plan to achieve the best possible outcome.

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