Considerable time, effort and resources are put into having rhinoplasty surgery and it can be disheartening when the results are not as you hoped. It can leave you frustrated and hesitant on whether to have another surgery or return to your previous surgeon. If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your primary rhinoplasty, Dr Choroomi can alleviate your concerns and help you decide if revision rhinoplasty is appropriate for you . His extensive expertise and experience in both ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery makes him uniquely qualified to resolve both your breathing and aesthetic concerns.
Reasons patients seek Revision Rhinoplasty
- The bridge of the nose is crooked or lopsided
- A bump or depression has formed
- The tip of the nose remains wide or droopy
- Asymmetry or pinching on the nasal tip
- Difficulty breathing, snoring, or congestion
- Deviated septum
- Collapse of nasal cavities
What went wrong during my primary Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging facial reconstructive procedures. There is a delicate balance between form and function of the nose. Far too often surgeons compromise one at the other’s expense. When rhinoplasty is performed to improve the size and shape of the nose, it can disrupt the ability to breath properly. Also, improvements in breathing may have caused a disturbance in the way your nose looks.
As a result both aesthetics and breathing must be taken into consideration during rhinoplasty surgery. It is crucial that your surgeon have extensive training in both ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) and facial plastic surgery. Dr Choroomi has great success performing revision rhinoplasty operations to restore the appearance and function of a nose that was compromised from previous surgeries.
Am I a Candidate for Revision Rhinoplasty?
Each patient’s complication is unique therefor surgical treatment must be individually customised to match the patient’s aesthetic and functional needs. During your consultation, Dr Choroomi will evaluate your nose. Photography and digital imaging will be performed to show what cosmetic changes may be possible with revision rhinoplasty surgery.
Be prepared to discuss:
- Your previous operation(s).
- Why you desire revision rhinoplasty, including expectations and desired outcome.
- What you dislike about your nose.
- Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments.
- Family medical history.
- Use of current medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
- Previous operation reports.
- Before and after pictures from all operations.
If revision rhinoplasty surgery is right for you, Dr Choroomi will develop a treatment plan based on your needs and desired outcome. Patients will need to wait a full year before Dr Choroomi will consider performing revision rhinoplasty. Operating before this time would be a disservice as your tissues have not completely softened and swelling has not full subsided. Waiting a full year decreases the possibility of other irregularities being overlooked.
How is Revision Rhinoplasty Performed?
The goal of revision rhinoplasty is to return form and function after a primary rhinoplasty. Dr Choroomi performs this procedure under general aesthetic. The length of the procedure can vary anywhere between 2-6 hours. An “open” technique is used for all revision cases. A small incision is placed across the nostrils and the tissue is lifted allowing better visibility.
Specific techniques used during revision rhinoplasty depend on the aim of the surgery. Shaving and refining techniques may be used to remove or reshape excess cartilage or bone in the nose. In more complicated cases where the nose needs to be rebuilt or restructured, cartilage from your own ear, rib or temple is used. The cartilage is harvested, carved and contoured to replace the cartilage (and bone) removed from previous surgeries.
Throughout the procedure Dr Choroomi checks to ensure there is a balance between the look and function of your nose. Dr Choroomi uses specialized instruments to straighten, widen or remove any cartilage that is blocking the natural flow of air. Endoscope cameras and Image Guidance technology may be used to safely navigate around your anatomy.
When the procedure is complete, the incision is meticulously closed and a cast is placed on the nose to support the bone during healing. Splints may be placed inside the nose to support the nasal cavities as they begin to heal. Gauze dressing is placed under your nose, like a mustache, to capture any mild oozing. If cartilage is removed, gauze will be sutured into the wound. Recovery is very similar to that of a primary rhinoplasty.
Recovery After Revision Rhinoplasty
Typically rhinoplasty revision surgery is an outpatient procedure; however in complicated cases Dr Choroomi may recommend you spend the night in a hospital.
Revision rhinoplasty recovery is very similar to primary rhinoplasty, you can expect:
- Bruising around your nose and eyes
- Swelling in the nose
- Difficulty breathing due to swelling
- Minor bleeding
- Mild congestion
If cartilage was removed from anywhere on the body, expect this pain to be worse than the nose itself as the wound will be quite tender. The wound’s gauze will be removed the day after surgery. Medication may be prescribed to help relieve any pain.
Your splints, cast and sutures will be removed 7 days after your operation. Physical activity must be reduced for two weeks to keep swelling at a minimum. Minor results will be seen after the bruising and swelling subside, typically around 2 weeks. Due to gravity the tip of the nose is the last to heal, swelling can take a year to completely subside. After 12 months you will be able to fully appreciate the aesthetic beauty of your nose.
Revision Rhinoplasty may be performed in combination with:
- Deviated Septum Surgery is performed to straighten a bent septum (the cartilage that separates your nostrils). When the septum is bent it can cause breathing issues that affect sleeping and the quality of life.
- Sinus Surgery. Sinus surgery is performed in conjuncture with revision rhinoplasty to relieve any pain or pressure associated with sinusitis.
- Turbinate Reduction. Your turbinates are natural air filters responsible for warming, humidifying and filtering air. These filters can become swollen and enlarged, blocking airflow through the nose. Reducing the size of your turbinates can relieve a blocked and congestion.
- Other Cosmetic Procedures. Dr Choroomi prefers not to combine any other cosmetic procedures with revision rhinoplasty due to the difficulty of the procedure and the lengthy amount of time under anaesthesia.