WHAT IS REVISION RHINOPLASTYFOR?
Secondary rhinoplasty can repair cosmetic issues like a twisted tip or functional issues like difficulty in breathing.
Your plastic surgeon will consult with you before revision rhinoplasty and examine your skin, cartilage strength, and bone strength. The surgeon will also assess the available amount of cartilage, as grafting is almost always required. The surgeon will discuss the possibilities with you, and will also explain the factors that can influence the procedure and the result. To recreate symmetry, the surgeon may add back or take away cartilage.
HOW LONG DOES A REVISION RHINOPLASTY TAKE?
Revision rhinoplasty takes longer than a primary rhinoplasty. The procedure sometimes takes up to four hours.
REVISION RHINOPLASTY SURGERY TECHNIQUES
Rhinoplasty is done through two main techniques: open rhinoplasty, and closed rhinoplasty. Generally, the procedure is done under general anesthesia, and you may need to stay at the hospital overnight.
In the open approach, incisions are made within the nostrils, and the skin of the nose is separated from its supporting framework of bone and cartilage, allowing the surgeon to see the entire structure of the nose. This technique is mainly used in secondary or revision rhinoplasty.
In the closed approach, incisions are made across the columella, which is the vertical tissue separating the nostrils. One of the advantages of this technique is that there will be no external transcolumellar scar after the surgery.