Outfracture During Revision?

Is outfracture during a revision too risky? I have read mixed things on the good ol' internet and would prefer hearing opinions of professionals. If bones were over-narrowed and resulting in apparent collapse, how possible is it to reverse that? I am also wondering if it is a similar procedure as when someone's nose gets broken and needs outfracture. Is it any more difficult than that during revision? I know revision in general is tricky but just wondering about the bones, specifically.

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revision rhinoplasty for widening narrow nasal bones

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   It is possible to widen narrow nasal bones by  performing osteotomies and holding them open and wider with spreader grafts.  Please see the link below for examples of patients we have widened their narrow nasal bones

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Revision Rhinoplasty

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If the nasal bones are too thin, then outfracturing them in an experts hands is very doable.  Other alternatives include grafting.  The exact nature of what needs to be done will be determined by an in-person examination. 

All the best

David Alessi, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Outfracture During Revision?

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       Outfracture does not pose a particular challenge.  Once the bone is osteomized it can become a mobile segment that needs to stabilized.  There are a few tricks for this, but I would anticipate a good outcome.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties and rhinoplasty revisions each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Treatment of Collapsed Nasal Bones

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The nasal bones can be repositioned during a revision rhinoplasty. In your case it sounds like the bridge is too narrow - what you describe is a reasonable, safe technique. Sometimes grafts are also necessary. An experienced revision specialist will discuss the surgical plan.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal bone out-fracturing

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Out fracturing the nasal bones can be done to widen their appearance. This may be combined with other maneuvers to give you the result your looking for.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty revision

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Out-fracture in itself is not difficult. What YOU actually need is however up to the PS you consult with. The revision may involve more than just a simple out-fracture.

Andrew Pichler, MD
Sacramento Facial Plastic Surgeon

Revision rhino with outfracture

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Outfracturing the nasal pyramid in revision work is not as uncommon as you may think. I would estimate that around 10% of my revisions need the nasal bones lateralized somewhat. I do believe it is easier to infracture than outfracture; when you infracture the ventrum of the bony/cartilaginous septum offer a firm resting spot for the anterior part of the nasal bones. This isn't true for outfracturing but should you find an experienced surgeon who routinely performs revisions your chances are very good you'll have a pleasing outcome. Look for someone with over 10 years of experience, look at lots of photos and make sure they specialize in facial work/rhinoplasty. Good luck!

M. Sean Freeman, MD
Charlotte Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

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