Is the Healing More Prolonged and Difficult for a Revision Rhinoplasty?

I understand that revision rhinoplasty is often more serious and complicated than the initial nose job? How is recovery, does it pose different risks? Why?

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Is the Healing More Prolonged and Difficult for a Revision Rhinoplasty?

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  Healing and residual swelling both are increased with Revision Rhinoplasty over a primary Rhinoplasty as the tissues have scarred and been disrupted from the previous surgery.  Be sure your Rhinoplasty Surgeon understands and follows the proper aesthetics of facial (and nasal) beauty for the creation of a naturally, more attractive nose.  


Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Revision rhinoplasty healing

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Revision cosmetic surgery can happen with any facial cosmetic procedure, from rhinoplasty to face lift surgery. Revision procedures can vary from minor to major, and can occur at any time following the initial procedure. Generally, revision rhinoplasty is more difficult due to more scar tissue and unpredictable healing, especially if the original operation was performed by another plastic surgeon. The recovery after revision rhinoplasty is in many ways similar to primary rhinoplasty. While most of the healing occurs within the first couple weeks, the nasal swelling will last months or longer.

Only after a comprehensive evaluation by a rhinoplasty surgeon can he/she determine appropriate options for you. Best of luck.

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Revision rhinoplasty

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Usually revision rhinoplasty has more swelling if the procedure is fairly involved. Often times revision rhinoplasty is a more complex procedure.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Healing More Difficult and Prolonged in Revision Rhinoplasty

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Depending on what needs to be done, healing after revision rhinoplasty is more difficult and prolonged because the surgeon is dealing with tissue where circulation has been compromised and scarring is present. Many times a revision procedure involves grafting and restoration of normal support which is more difficult than a reduction procedure. I know excellent, experienced rhinoplasty surgeons who will not do revisions. This is a specialized area of rhinoplasty surgery.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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