Rhinoplasty can greatly improve a person’s appearance and breathing in addition to their overall confidence. While many patients are thrilled with their results, it can be disheartening when the surgical outcome falls short of expectations. The good news is that there is a procedure known as revision rhinoplasty that gives you a second chance to have a nose that brings you happiness and fulfills your goals. If you're not satisfied with your previous rhinoplasty results, you may be a candidate for revision rhinoplasty. This procedure can further refine the shape of your nose and restore function if you're experiencing difficulty with breathing.
Every year, more than 213,000 people undergo rhinoplasty. Unfortunately, not all of them become satisfied with the outcome. At Illuminate we can help individuals who come to us to correct their original rhinoplasty procedure and address their important concerns.
Revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to correct or improve the outcome of a previous nose surgery. During the operation, Dr. Leader makes adjustments to the soft tissues and cartilage to correct cosmetic abnormalities and functional issues. Revision surgery might entail fixing asymmetry, removing a bump or hump, refining nostril shape, or altering overall proportions. It can also rectify structural problems that impede breathing such as a deviated septum, nasal valve collapse, septal spurs, or enlarged turbinates.
Revision rhinoplasty differs significantly from traditional rhinoplasty and is generally much more complex. Unlike traditional rhinoplasty, revision surgery requires the doctor to work with tissue that has already been altered or scarred.
A revision operation may take longer to perform than a traditional rhinoplasty because the surgeon must be extremely careful and avoid damaging any of the delicate tissue around the nose. More complex revisions may also cost more than the initial rhinoplasty given the required time and expertise of the surgeon. However if only minor changes are needed to bring the nose into alignment, the cost may be substantially less. Major revision rhinoplasty may necessitate several surgeries to reach optimum results. This is often because the nose needs to be completely reconstructed. During your consultation, we encourage you to ask questions. We want you to feel empowered as a patient and comfortable that you are making the right decision for your needs.
A revision offers you the chance to achieve the results you hoped for during your previous rhinoplasty. In the hands of a skilled surgeon such as Dr. Leader, revision rhinoplasty can give you a more aesthetically appealing nose, improved breathing and newfound confidence when you look in the mirror. We believe the benefits can be truly life-changing.
Most patients considering revision rhinoplasty to correct an initial procedure are eligible. Candidates should be over 18, and healthy non-smokers who are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you're interested in resolving cosmetic defects or complications from a past rhinoplasty, the first step is setting up a consultation with a knowledgeable and experienced surgeon. Dr. Leader is highly experienced in all aspects of revision rhinoplasty. During your private consultation, she will listen carefully to you so that she best understand your concerns, and cosmetic goals. She’ll also provide a thorough examination to check your nose for other irregularities. Additionally, she’ll evaluate your overall health to ensure you can safely handle anesthesia before moving forward.
Preparing for surgery includes avoiding smoking and medications that can thin your blood. You will also need to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery. Dr. Leader will provide you with a comprehensive list of pre-operative instructions well in advance. If you have any questions leading up to your operation, she and her staff will be pleased to provide support and guidance every step of the way.
At Illuminate Plastic Surgery in Palo Alto and San Jose, Dr. Brittany Leader is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in revision rhinoplasty. She provides natural-looking results for her patients through personalized care and the utmost attention to detail. Drawing on her years of expertise, Dr. Leader can reshape your nose to meet your needs regardless of the complexity of your case.
Dr. Leader performs revision rhinoplasty at our state-of-the-art AAAASF-certified operating facilities in Palo Alto and San Jose. Revision rhinoplasty usually requires general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep during the procedure. Our triple-board certified anesthesiologist will be present to administer. The average time for this type of operation is two to three hours, however it may take longer depending on its complexity. After making initial discreet incisions, Dr. Leader will make appropriate adjustments to correct any structural issues and perfect the shape of your nose. In some cases, she may graft cartilage from other areas such as the septum, ears, or ribs to reinforce the nasal tip and make sure your nose looks and functions as it should.
After revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Leader will give you instructions to aid your recovery. You will need to wear a splint or cast for one to two weeks to support your nose as it heals. In some cases, you may also have packing in your nose, which Dr. Leader will remove a few days later. You can expect swelling, bruising, and nasal congestion. However, most of these effects will resolve during the first two weeks. Most people feel well enough to return to work and light activity within two weeks.
It is important to avoid strenuous exercise, blowing your nose, and wearing sunglasses or glasses for up to six weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will give you specific do’s and don’ts to care for your nose as it heals. Your aftercare instructions may also include lymphatic massage to decrease swelling. Within three months, you should have a much better idea of your results. At six months, approximately 90 percent of the swelling subsides, although it can take a year to appreciate the final outcome. Dr. Leader will see you for routine follow-up visits to monitor your progress and ensure your nose is healing as expected.
Dr. Brittany Leader is an award-winning, Beverly Hills-trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon known for her sophisticated rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty techniques. More than a sought-after rhinoplasty expert, she and her team provide compassionate, patient-centric care throughout your journey. When you come to Illuminate Plastic Surgery to discuss your concerns, you can have peace of mind that you are in the best hands. She and her staff are known for treating each patient like family. Through attentive listening and customized surgical solutions, Dr. Leader has helped hundreds of patients enhance their beauty, comfort, and breathing with revision rhinoplasty.
Revision rhinoplasty can significantly enhance your appearance and quality of life. To learn about your options, call our Palo Alto office at (650) 262-1415 or our San Jose office at (408) 759-4395 to book your consultation with Dr. Leader at Illuminate today.
While some discomfort can be expected during the recovery process, most patients find it is easily tolerated with prescribed and OTC medications.
Revision rhinoplasty delivers permanent results. However, it is not designed to stop the facial aging process.
There are some risks associated with revision rhinoplasty, as with any surgery. These include excessive bleeding, infection, and scarring. Dr. Leader will review all possible risks with you during your consultation. For the safest surgery and recovery, avoid smoking, follow all pre- and post-operative instructions, and attend appointments with your surgeon as scheduled.
Some patients feel comfortable enough to wear lightweight glasses within a week or two. Others may be advised to wait four to six weeks before wearing eyeglasses again. Dr. Leader may be able to suggest products that reduce pressure on the nasal bridge so you can begin wearing glasses sooner.
Someone will need to drive you home from the surgical center.
It is safe to have revision rhinoplasty at any age, so long as you are in reasonably good health. That said, patients should wait at least 12 months after their most recent rhinoplasty before deciding that a revision is necessary.
After revision rhinoplasty, it is best to sleep on your back for at least seven days and up to two weeks. Elevating your head on pillows can speed healing by decreasing swelling and bruising.
The final amount depends on your needs and aesthetic goals. Dr. Leader can determine whether a minor tweak or more expensive reconstruction is required. Source.
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At Illuminate we’re with you during every step of your journey toward greater self-confidence. Schedule a consultation with us today and let Illuminate’s expert team listen to your concerns and guide you through treatments and procedures to help you reach your individual goals. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating your renewed appearance and realized potential.