Revision rhinoplasty is one of the most complicated procedures in plastic surgery, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. When your rhinoplasty results don’t align with the vision you had for your new nose, a revision surgery lets you finally enjoy a look you love.
If you are considering revision rhinoplasty in Chicago, you likely have questions about what the surgery can achieve, how long it takes to recover, and whether the results will be worth it in the end. This blog post will provide answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions so you know exactly what to expect.
Q: What does a revision rhinoplasty involve?
A: A revision rhinoplasty corrects unsatisfactory results from a previous rhinoplasty procedure.
While each procedure is unique, this typically involves some combination of:
- Removing scar tissue: In some cases, excess scar tissue distorts the look of the nose due to poor healing.
- Removing additional cartilage: Some people find their initial rhinoplasty did not remove enough tissue to create the desired result.
- Restoring cartilage: If a previous surgery removed too much cartilage, it can be restored using a graft from the septum, ear, or rib.
Revision rhinoplasties are especially complex, and each one is tailored to address the specific concerns created by the initial surgery. Learn more about what happens during a revision rhinoplasty in this previous blog post.
Q: How soon can you get a revision rhinoplasty?
A: It’s best to wait until your rhinoplasty has fully healed and all swelling has subsided. Revision surgery is rarely considered before 12 months, but consultations can be useful after 6 months.
This allows you to see your final results before you decide to move forward with a revision. It also gives your tissues time to heal so they will be ready to recover quickly after your revision surgery.
Q: Does revision rhinoplasty take longer to heal?
A: With the quick-recovery techniques Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno use, the recovery time for a revision is about the same as an initial rhinoplasty.
Because the surgeons use local anesthesia and advanced wound-healing techniques that limit swelling and bruising, many people return to work in about a week.
Q: Is revision rhinoplasty worth it?
A: If you have already invested time and money into rhinoplasty, you should not settle for results you are not happy with.
While the choice to get a revision rhinoplasty is a very personal one, you deserve to enjoy the attractive nose you set out to achieve with your first surgery.
If you decide surgery is the right option for you, choosing an experienced revision rhinoplasty surgeon is key. After all, revision rhinoplasty is not a simple procedure. Some people have multiple revisions performed by multiple surgeons before finding one who can finally achieve their desired results.
Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno strive to provide exceptional results with every procedure. Please visit Dr. Mustoe’s before-and-after photo gallery and Dr. Sinno’s before-and-after photo gallery to see examples of the results they have achieved for their patients.
To learn more about choosing the best rhinoplasty surgeon for your revision surgery here in Chicago, contact us online or call (312) 788-2560.