I have recently had revision rhinoplasty with rib cartilage grafts to reconstruct my nose. At 3 weeks post op, the swelling has gone down considerably and my nose is already looking smaller than what I would have liked it to be at its final result. I am actually very surprised the swelling has reduced so drastically so soon as I supposedly have thick skin. How soon may I have another revision to further augment my nose. Both the tip and the area behind need to be augmented. Also, does rib reabsorb?
How Soon After Having Revision with Rib Cartilage Can I Have Another Revision to Augment my Nose? My Nose Still Looks Too Small.
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Revision to Augment Nose
Wait about 8-10 months before having another revision with cartilage grafts. If possible I would use septal or ear cartilage; over the past 35 years I have rarely used rib cartilage. Rib cartilage can absorb but this is unusual and wound never happen over 3 weeks.
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