What is Revision Rhinoplasty?

Sometimes problems develop with rhinoplasty that require a secondary procedure to correct them. This is called “revision rhinoplasty” or “corrective nose surgery”. 

Our revision nose job in Cleveland can be done to improve results, fix breathing problems, or both. It is a very complex surgery that demands the skill of only a very experienced facial plastic surgeon.

Common Reasons for Having Revision Rhinoplasty

  • Patient is unhappy with the aesthetic results from the first rhinoplasty
  • The first rhinoplasty caused breathing problems
  • Scar tissue developed due to the surgery and is causing problems
  • The first rhinoplasty did not heal properly
  • An injury damaged results from the first rhinoplasty
  • The first rhinoplasty did not address the patient’s issues

Working with a Specialist 

Revision rhinoplasty is much more complicated than a first rhinoplasty because there is often less cartilage to work with, as well as scar tissue that has formed. Revision rhinoplasty should only be done by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is exceptionally educated, trained, skilled, and experienced in cosmetic face surgery.  

Often with revision rhinoplasty, the surgeon will have detailed tasks to take care of, such as re-building nasal structural support, using old incisions and perhaps cartilage grafts, having strong and clear communication with the patient, and putting the patient’s mind at ease. This is why you only want to choose a specialist for revision rhinoplasty in Mayfield Heights, such as Dr. Frankel. 

Surgical Details for Revision Rhinoplasty

You will need to wait at least one year after your first rhinoplasty to have revision rhinoplasty done. For revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Frankel mainly uses the “open” technique, wherein an incision is made in the columella (the thin strip of skin that separates the nostrils).

Using the open technique will allow Dr. Frankel to access the cartilage and tissues. Sometimes revision rhinoplasty requires the surgeon to use cartilage grafts taken from the nasal interior, the ear, or the rib to help support the nose.

If cartilage grafts are needed, this will be discussed during your consultation. Dr. Frankel may also use the “closed” technique, in which the incisions are made within the nose. This will also be discussed during your consultation.

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Dr. Frankel: Premier Rhinoplasty Surgeon 

Specializing in facial rejuvenation and rhinoplasty, Frankel Facial Plastic Surgery has made a name for itself as the premier center for facial plastic surgery in Cleveland. Not only is rhinoplasty one of our primary services; Dr. Frankel is also double board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. His education and extensive training specifically in facial plastic surgery allow him to deliver consistent and exceptional results. Our practice is patient-centered, and we do our best to make patients feel as comfortable as possible during every point of the process.

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Results 

Results are finalized at about four months, although you will see your results looking better and better each day. These results are long-lasting and will stay for many years, especially if you maintain a strong skincare regimen and a healthy weight.

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Recovery 

  • 1-2 weeks of downtime and recovery
  • Common side effects are swelling, bruising, soreness, and a temporary feeling of nasal congestion
  • Some patients must wear a splint over the nose (removed in one week following surgery)
  • Sutures are removed one week following surgery (if an open rhinoplasty was done)
  • Your head must be kept elevated, even while sleeping, during recovery
  • Light activities (walking, non-contact sports, etc.) can begin one week following surgery
  • No yoga, Pilates, or contact sports for at least one month following surgery 
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