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How Is Revision Rhinoplasty Different?

Published on September 14, 2017 by Jonathan Pontell

Many people have specific complaints about their physical appearance. Your issue could be that you are bothered by the appearance of your nose. You may wish your nose was smaller, less bulbous, better balanced, or more attractive in some other way. So you may choose rhinoplasty to correct deformities of the nose that rebalance and refine its appearance.

Pontell - Rhinoplasty 19However, the rhinoplasty process is delicate and requires detailed knowledge of the finer nasal structures. When performed by a surgeon who isn’t experienced in facial plastic surgery, you might find that the results do not meet what you envisioned.

Why Choose a Revision Rhinoplasty

You can choose to undergo revision rhinoplasty because you are still unhappy with the appearance of your nose. Maybe your surgeon did not achieve the dramatic correction you envisioned. In some unfortunate cases, your nose may look even worse than it did before your original surgery. Sometimes, poor healing is to blame as to why you are still unhappy with your nasal appearance. No matter the cause of your dissatisfaction, you can seek out revision rhinoplasty to improve one or more of the following:

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  • Disproportionate size
  • Wide nasal bridge
  • Prominent nasal hump
  • Drooping nasal tip
  • Dents
  • Asymmetrical features

How Is Revision Rhinoplasty Different?

Pontell - Rhinoplasty 47Performing a revision rhinoplasty usually requires more technical skill because there may be scar tissue throughout the nose that is difficult to work with. In some cases, there isn’t enough cartilage or tissue available in the nose to make the necessary changes in appearance and proportions. If this happens, donor material is taken from the ear or synthetic materials such as ePTFE (GORE-TEX®) is used.

When Can I Undergo a Revision Rhinoplasty?

You should only undergo revision surgery once your nasal structures are fully healed from your original surgery; meaning most patients need to wait at least one year before considering a secondary correction. Minor residual swelling may affect the appearance of your nose and the positioning of nasal structures.

For a revision consultation, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Pontell by calling 610-688-7100, or you can contact us online.

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