There are many reasons why a rhinoplasty procedure may not produce ideal results. At FacesFirst, we want our patients to be completely confident in how they look, which is why we offer the revision rhinoplasty procedure, which corrects any undesired outcomes from previous nose surgery. Get the results you expected the first time. Feel confident when you look in the mirror with a revision rhinoplasty in Denver, CO.
What is Revision Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Revision rhinoplasty is a term to describe a facial plastic surgery procedure to correct problems or deformities from a previous rhinoplasty. It’s sometimes called a secondary rhinoplasty or rhinoplasty revision. Dr. Christopher Cote is a facial plastic surgeon and specialist in revision rhinoplasty procedures. He has the experience and expertise needed to correct problems, and he takes pride in giving patients results they can be confident in. Regardless of who performed your primary rhinoplasty, Dr. Cote can offer a successful revision rhinoplasty procedure.
What is the Difference Between Primary and Revision Rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty is generally considered one of the more difficult plastic surgery procedures. This is due to the complicated anatomy and the fact that damaged cartilage and scar tissue will need to be virtually rebuilt to create the new nasal skeleton. To build a new nasal skeleton, a cartilage graft may be harvested from one of three areas of the body: the nasal septum (septal) cartilage, ear (conchal) cartilage, or the rib (costal) cartilage. In some cases, the damage may be too severe to safely be taken from these areas, and synthetic tissue may be used instead. Another possibility is that all of the above may be used, both natural and synthetic cartilage.
Because revision rhinoplasty is a more complicated procedure, it is crucial that you choose an experienced and trustworthy plastic surgeon. Dr. Cote is a double-board certified, experienced rhinoplasty surgeon and has been performing successful facial plastic surgery and nose surgery procedures for more than twenty years.
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Who is a Good Candidate for Revision Rhinoplasty?
Good candidates for revision rhinoplasty are patients who underwent a primary rhinoplasty and did not achieve the facial aesthetics they were hoping for. Revision rhinoplasty is also beneficial for patients who experienced complications after their first surgery like breathing difficulties or a deviated septum. Some patients also experience injuries or trauma to the nasal tissues after their primary procedure and experience impaired breathing function. You should be in overall good health and able to undergo revision rhinoplasty with realistic expectations about what it can achieve.
How Soon Can I Get a Revision Rhinoplasty?
Recovery from a first rhinoplasty can take upwards of one year. Before you opt for revision rhinoplasty, you should be fully recovered from your initial surgery. If you undergo revision rhinoplasty before this time, it can negatively impact your results, so your facial plastic surgeon can help you determine if it’s the right time and what sort of final outcome you can expect.
Should I Go to the Same Surgeon for a Revision Rhinoplasty?
It’s not necessary to go to your original surgeon for revision rhinoplasty. In fact, it can be more beneficial to select a facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty revision. Your original surgeon may have a better idea of your initial procedure, but a revision rhinoplasty specialist will better understand the complexities of revision surgery and may be able to better achieve the results you want. Dr. Cote is a highly sought-after plastic surgeon for his skill and experience in revision rhinoplasty in the greater Denver area.
What to Expect During Revision Rhinoplasty Surgery
Due to the complexities of this reconstructive surgery, revision rhinoplasty is one of the more time-consuming surgical procedures in the operating room. It’s performed under general anesthesia, just like your initial procedure. Revision rhinoplasty is very similar to primary rhinoplasty surgery except that it may require cartilage grafts or synthetic tissue based on your needs. During your revision rhinoplasty consultation, your facial plastic surgeon will help you understand what to expect during surgery, including your incision pattern and choice between open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty surgery.
Revision Rhinoplasty Results
Revision rhinoplasty has a longer recovery time which might be anywhere from six months to two years depending on the severity of the necessary repairs and the health of the skin. However, you can return to work within 7-10 days after surgery. You can expect swelling to last for 1-2 months and should avoid exercise during this time. Your aftercare steps and recovery will be very similar to your initial procedure but our team is available to answer your questions.
Schedule a Consultation
Revision rhinoplasty can help you achieve your intended results after your original rhinoplasty. Your first step is meeting with our Denver, CO rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Christopher Cote. For more information on revision rhinoplasty in Denver and how we can enhance your appearance, please contact us at 303-744-2300.
- Does revision rhinoplasty take longer to heal?
Revision rhinoplasty is a more complex procedure than an initial rhinoplasty, and therefore takes longer to heal. Generally, you can expect to be completely healed at about a year after the surgery.
- Can your nose change shape after rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty results are designed to be incredibly long-lasting. However, small changes can take place over time. These changes will be subtle, and your nose should not revert to its original shape.
Dr. Christopher Cote is a plastic surgeon in Denver, Colorado who is double-board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery. He has over 20 years of experience specializing in Rhinoplasty, Facelifts, Brow lifts, Facial Liposculpture, advanced Facial Reconstruction, and many other cosmetic surgeries in Denver and Lone Tree, Colorado.