A revision rhinoplasty is a specialized procedure that is designed to fix any issues that have arisen because of a previous rhinoplasty surgery. Typically, revision procedures are more difficult and require an expert plastic surgeon to perform it. Dr. Kevin Sadati, of Nose Job Recovery, is one of the top choices of surgeons when it comes to this complicated surgery. His is highly regarded in Orange County for being able to take on the toughest revision procedures — there is no revision he will deem to complicated to perform. Because of this, patients who are disappointed in their primary rhinoplasty procedure flock to his Newport Beach practice to have their revision done.
The first step for patients is to find out if they are indeed a candidate for a revision procedure. Patients should wait at least a year after their primary rhinoplasty procedure before deciding if they need a revision done. If a year has passed, the next step is to set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Sadati. At this appointment, a physical and mental exam will be done on the patient. The surgeon will take a look at the nose and assess the situation, and then he will craft a plan for the revision procedure. Each revision is unique, with some requiring a simple fix and adjustment while others are much more complex and involve cartilage grafting.
Most revision rhinoplasty procedures will be performed under general anesthesia. As this is the second surgery that the nose is undergoing, patients should expect there to be significantly more bruising and swelling than they had with their original procedure. The recovery time can be slightly more difficult, and last a few days longer, but most patients are able to return to work after a revision within 7 to 14 days. The good news, minimal scarring associated with the revision surgery.
There are several things revision patients must keep in mind during the recovery process. First and foremost, it is essential to remain patient and to rest. Most bruising and swelling will subside within 14 days, but final results may not be seen until close to a year after the surgery. The revision procedure is very traumatic for the face, and it can take time to settle. The first few weeks are the most uncomfortable for patients, but Dr. Sadati prescribes a series of antibiotics and pain medications to help patients manage their pain. The first two months following the procedure are critical, and all activities where the nose could be bumped, damaged or hit should be avoided. Patients must be extra careful — even more so than after the first surgery — because the nose is more sensitive than ever before following this particular procedure.