Will a revision rhinoplasty surgery take about as long as the original rhinoplasty. Are there situations where a revision might take longer? Why?
How Do the Procedures Differ Between Revision Rhinoplasty to Correct Asymmetrical Nostrils and the Primary Rhinoplasty?
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Difference between primary and revision rhinoplasty
Revision rhinoplasty is always longer due to the complications that can occur and additional cartilage grafting from the ear or nose that may be required. Unlike primary rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty must deal with scar tissue, which adds another degree of complexity and unpredictability to the healing process. However, in experienced hands surgery usually turns out quite well.
The main difference between primary rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty is the need for creativity. Primary rhinoplasty involves a following a careful plan as determined by your rhinoplastic surgeon to achieve your goals. Having done this for over 25 years, there are certain patterns that are followed for each type of untouched nose. With a revision rhinoplasty, there is a need for reconstructive techniques along with cosmetic enhancements. Combining the two requires more experience and creativity regardless if it is a simple single site adjustment or a total redo.
Differing procedures in revision rhinoplasty
There are many causes for revision in rhinoplasty, from minor irregular areas on the bridge to major changes in the tip and tip support. Generally surgeons feel that rhinoplasty revision takes more experience, and time, as the tissues may be scared, or cartilage grafts might be needed to restore support or define shape. Of course if the fix is small such as raising the columella slightly, adjusting the nostril size or symmetry your recovery can be quicker.
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