Revision Rhinoplasty (Secondary Nose Reshaping Surgery) – Boston, MA

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About Revision Rhinoplasty

Nose reshaping surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries on the market, and patients are usually happy with their results. However, if you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose or you are having trouble breathing after rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty is offered at Back Bay Plastic Surgery in Boston, MA. Revision or secondary nose surgery typically includes minor adjustments to perfect the appearance of your nose or includes reconstruction to address the architecture of it, allowing you better function. You do not have to settle for displeasing results or suffer from functional problems after nose surgery — schedule a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio to learn more about revision rhinoplasty and your options for achieving more satisfying results.

Ideal Candidates

You may be an ideal candidate for revision rhinoplasty if you want to amend or repair the effects of your previous rhinoplasty procedure. The revision surgery is mainly done to restore or alter the form and function of your nose. You should be looking for a lifetime solution and have reasonable expectations before going into a revision procedure. You should also understand that this procedure can be much more complicated than the original rhinoplasty.

Surgical Technique

Prior to performing nose revision surgery, Dr. Del Vecchio will discuss your situation during a consultation to determine your unique needs and goals before creating a treatment plan. For the actual operation, Dr. Del Vecchio will either use an open or closed approach. While using the open technique, which is the most common, Dr. Del Vecchio will separate the skin from the cartilage and bone, which allows for more visibility. Dr. Del Vecchio will then reshape the nose to the desired frame. The closed technique is a less invasive technique often chosen for less complicated repairs. In some cases of revision rhinoplasty, a bone or cartilage graft may be needed to help with the reconstruction process for strengthening the architecture of the nose.

What to Expect

Revision rhinoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia. The duration of your surgery depends on the amount of reconstruction and whether the open or closed technique was used. Following the procedure, you will be required to wear a nose splint for approximately a week and may be asked to schedule a follow-up appointment to remove both the splint and stitches. This will also allow Dr. Del Vecchio to assess your results. Due to the fact that revision surgery can most often be more complex than the primary surgery, the recovery may be a tad longer. You may experience substantial bruising and heavy swelling, as well as some pain for around two weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a revision rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of a revision rhinoplasty varies greatly based on the amount of reconstruction needed. During your initial consultation, Dr. Del Vecchio will listen to your concerns and goals before assessing your nose. Once a revision rhinoplasty surgical plan is created, he will be able to more accurately determine your costs. Dr. Del Vecchio can also discuss payment options and give you information on low-interest medical financing to help make your revision rhinoplasty easier to afford.

How long should I wait after my original rhinoplasty?
It's important to give your nose time to heal after a rhinoplasty. In many cases, it can take over a year for inflammation to fully subside and the final shape of your nose to be visible. Once your nose has completely recovered from rhinoplasty, you should take time to assess how you feel about the appearance before scheduling a consultation at Back Bay Plastic Surgery for revision rhinoplasty.

How common are revision rhinoplasty procedures?
Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, and most patients are happy with their results. However, some rhinoplasties may require a second surgery to complete the procedure or to repair minor cosmetic flaws. In a small number of patients, revision rhinoplasty is needed to repair major cosmetic concerns or functional problems created during the original surgery. If you are unhappy in any way with the results of your rhinoplasty by Dr. Del Vecchio or another surgeon, schedule a consultation to learn more about revision rhinoplasty.

How can I ensure that I will receive better results with a revision procedure?
It is extremely important to do your research when looking for a plastic surgeon to perform your revision rhinoplasty. Dr. Del Vecchio is a skilled plastic surgeon with years of training and experience in rhinoplasty with a special interest in revision rhinoplasty. He understands the advanced techniques and extra skill required to perform a revision rhinoplasty without weakening the support structure of your nose.

Will I need cartilage grafting?
For some revision rhinoplasty procedures, cartilage grafting may be necessary. This is performed by taking bone and/or cartilage from a part of the body, such as the ribs, and using it to restructure your nose. Typically, this is only needed in severe cases or if the cartilage was jeopardized during the previous rhinoplasty procedure. Cartilage grafting may be used to help support the structure of your nose so you don't have breathing trouble after surgery. Dr. Del Vecchio will discuss the possibility of cartilage grafting during your consultation.

Modify Your Look

Back Bay Plastic Surgery is committed to making sure that you receive the nose shape you want, especially if you had a bad experience with your initial rhinoplasty. During your consultation, we will work with you to understand your concerns and goals before discussing your options to give you the best possible outcome. If you are ready to undergo revision rhinoplasty and are wanting to schedule a consultation with seasoned plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio, contact our Boston, MA office today.

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