Considering that revision rhinoplasty is an additional nose surgery, the goal of the procedure is to completely correct any remaining defects. Dr. Morin’s goal is that this will be the final operation and that you will be entirely satisfied, He wants you to finally feel confident showing off your nose. Dr. Morin will design your revision rhinoplasty with this goal in mind. He will alter his techniques during surgery accordingly, and will do everything he can to give you the most favorable results with the least amount of downtime.
What Are the Techniques Associated with a Revision Rhinoplasty?
A revision rhinoplasty is often considered to be more complicated than the original procedure, and thus requires a surgeon that has specific knowledge of this second, third, or fourth nose job. Dr. Morin has experience using a variety of techniques. Below is a short summary of the practices typically associated with revision rhinoplasty:
- Like the original rhinoplasty surgery, a revision rhinoplasty can be performed as an open or closed procedure. Most typically, however, the open technique is used.
- In the open technique, the incision is made on the outside of the nose. Dr. Morin then has a wider scope of visualization, so this approach is favorable when the inside structure of the nose has collapsed.
- The closed technique is used for patients where the structure of the nose is more intact. In the closed technique, incisions are made on the inside of the nose, so scarring is more easily hidden.
- Dr. Morin often uses cartilage grafts during revision rhinoplasty. The cartilage may be taken from your rib or ear and will be re-shaped to contour your new nose. It is a good solution for support and form, especially when reshaping the nasal tip and bridge.
- Dr. Morin may use injectable fillers like Juvederm or Restylane for additional volume, as a temporary alternative to revision rhinoplasty surgery. These injections are occasionally helpful as they can be easily adjusted and are placed specifically by Dr. Morin in the office.
Each of these techniques can be performed alone or in conjunction with another, depending on the work you need done. As always, the main concern is that your nose fits in with the rest of your face. And because this is not the first rhinoplasty, Dr. Morin pays special attention to avoid an overdone or “fake” result where the nose looks too small and refined.
What to Expect Before and After Revision Rhinoplasty
Your comfort is important to Dr. Morin, and he wants to make sure you are at ease at all stages of your revision rhinoplasty. General anesthesia will be administered by a board certified anesthesiologist. You will be put to sleep and kept under close watch to make sure that your revision rhinoplasty is going smoothly and safely. After surgery, your recovery process will begin. Plan to take off one to two weeks from work and other obligations so that you can heal properly. You will be unable to perform strenuous physical exercise, and should try to keep activity to a minimum. Like the original rhinoplasty, full results of a revision rhinoplasty can take a year or longer to transpire. Be patient with the process as residual swelling and bruising continue to subside.