What is Revision Rhinoplasty?@headingTag>
The majority of patients are happy with their rhinoplasty results, but in some cases, the patient may have minor or major concerns that can be addressed with revision rhinoplasty (also known as secondary or corrective nose surgery). If you want or need your nose fixed after nose reshaping surgery, it may make you feel more confident to go to a plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgeries, like double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Eugene "Gene" Alford in Houston, TX. Whether you are looking to complete your first (primary) nose surgery with subtle shaping or you need to have cartilage and bone grafts to rebuild the structure of the nose, Dr. Gene at Alford Plastic Surgery will perform delicate revision rhinoplasty to improve the appearance and function of your nose. Dr. Gene is experienced in the structure of the face and the best methods in restoring the cartilage and bone structure of the nose for attractive results with improved nasal function and long-lasting results.
Revision Rhinoplasty Reviews
"Much Better - Houston, TX - He is so kind and took the time to make sure I understood what was going to be accomplished through surgery. He wanted me to be certain I wanted to go through this again. His staff was also great. They took the time to explain everything fully to me and guide me through my process. - - I had a rhinoplasty from another doctor 10 years ago. Although my nose was much improved I noticed my tip was two different heights and my breathing was a little impeded. Dr. Alford was able to correct the problem for me. When Dr. Alford opened my nose I actually had multiple fractures in my cartilage. All was reapaired and I am so happy I decided to choose him as my surgeon. The cosmetic appearance is so much better."- K. / RealSelf / Sep 01, 2015
"Best in Revision Rhinoplasty Surgery. Houston, TX - After a botched rhinoplasty in the UK I consulted with Dr. Hamilton in Houston, TX. He recommended that he not perform the surgery as it was quite a complex case, and therefore suggested going to a specialist in revision surgeries for the nose, Dr. Alford. Earlier this year Dr. Alford operated on my nose: the bump is gone and the tip is straight. What else could one ask for?"- L. / RealSelf / Dec 11, 2015
"Revision Rhinoplasty - Houston, TX - Dr. Alford is excellent in communication and has a great staff. Hardly any wait time. Easy to reach and questions or always answered. Recovery was very easy. - - When I was 15 I had a septoplasty and rhinoplasty along with the removal of an enlarged turbinate to allow me to breathe properly and correct the crooked appearance of my nose. Approximately, 20 years later, I noticed my nose was becoming crooked again and I was having increased breathing and sinus pressure issues. In the past year I also noticed an increase in the frequency of sinus pressure headaches. My internist suspected my nasal passages where collapsing and that my septum could be deviated again. He referred me to Dr. Alford. I'm very glad I took his advice. When I met Dr. Alford, he could tell by just looking at me that my nose was in fact collapsing due to my previous surgery. Too much of my nose foundation had been removed and was causing a narrowing of my nasal passages and collapse of the tip of my nose. Dr. Alford performed my surgery about 5 months ago where he removed fascia and cartilage from my ear to build up my nose bridge and tip. He also aligned my nose so that it is straight once again. I am extremely happy with the results both in appearance and in function. I have experienced only one sinus headache in the past five months. Prior to seeing Dr. Alford I was experiencing at least one a week and it could last 1-3 days. Recovery was quick and surprisingly painless. There was some discomfort within the first two days after surgery but I was sure to follow Dr. Alford's and the nurses' instructions. All went very well. There is no doubt in mind when referring others to Dr. Alford, and, if the need ever arises again, I would definitely be a returning patient."- T. / RealSelf / Dec 14, 2015
"Needed Someone to Fix What Another Doctor Messed Up - Houston, TX - Never have I been fortunate to have been under the care of a physician who values your time and the impact of your health issue on you both physically and emotionally. DR. Eugene Alford does both. His office was always on time, his staff are extremely friendly and caring and he never made you feel like he was in a hurry. With Dr. Alford you feel like you are his only patient. As for expertise, he is exceptional. He sets high standards and achieves them. He is committed to getting you the best outcome possible and you are involved in his plan of care from step one. He takes the time to educate you and wants your feedback. His hands are miracle workers and I have the nose now to prove it. I can never thank him enough for giving me my confidence back. - - I had two previous rhinoplasties performed by another physician for breathing issues NOT cosmetic. Both failed and left me looking visibly disfigured and my breathing issue was worse afterwards. Dr. Alford performed a revision rhinoplasty that gave me my life back. His attention to detail was incredible."- O. / RealSelf / Jan 09, 2016
"My Rhinplasty turned out beautifully. I look natrual and I breath great. Dr. Alford was able to fix what not corrected by a previous surgery. Iowe him a huge debt of thanks"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Apr 26, 2011
The complexity of your revision rhinoplasty will determine the amount of time you need in surgery, but most patients spend 3 – 5 hours in corrective nose surgery. Revision rhinoplasty can be performed with a closed or open approach, depending on the amount of changes that are needed. A closed approach is usually used for minor cosmetic changes, while the open approach is better for changes to the structure of the nose. If more cartilage is needed, Dr. Gene can harvest cartilage from the ears or ribs to provide support. Once Dr. Gene completes the corrections, splints or nasal packing will be used to hold the results in place during the recovery period.
Revision rhinoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, so the patient will be able to return home after their surgery to recover in the comfort of their home. Dr. Gene will schedule a follow-up appointment 1 week after your surgery to check your results and healing, plus remove your nasal splints. Most patients will want to take about 2 – 3 weeks for recovery for optimal healing. Dr. Gene will talk to you about your recovery, including what to expect, what to watch for, and ways to make your healing faster and more comfortable.
Depending on the extent of your revision rhinoplasty, you may be able to see some changes immediately after surgery, but the final results will become visible after the swelling and bruising are gone. The results of your revision rhinoplasty should be permanent unless you have another nose surgery or you suffer an injury to the nose. If you do need or want another nose surgery after your corrective nose surgery, please contact Dr. Gene for a consultation to determine your best options.
What does Revision Rhino Cost?@headingTag>
Revision rhinoplasty is priced based on the complexity of the case and if grafts are needed, but most patients spend $10,000 - $15,000 on corrective nose surgery. It is more expensive than the original nose surgery because re-building and structuring the nose is more difficult and requires very skilled hands, like those of facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Gene.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $10,000 - $15,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 - 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 - 5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Revision Rhinoplasty FAQs@headingTag>
- Breathing trouble
- Incomplete nose shaping
- Minor adjustment after nose surgery
- Overdone nose surgery
- Structural collapse of cartilage or bone
- Unsatisfactory results
The best candidates for revision rhinoplasty have already had at least 1 nose reshaping surgery and are unhappy with the appearance or function of their nose. Since you may have already had a bad surgical experience, it is important to choose a surgeon with the best credentials, experience, and results in corrective nose surgery, as well as someone you can trust. Dr. Gene will spend as much time as needed with you to help you determine if he is the best surgeon for your revision rhinoplasty, so you can feel confident about your choice.
Incisions and Scars?@headingTag>
The incisions made during revision rhinoplasty are usually the same as the ones used during your primary nose surgery, which are either on the inside or underside of the nose for minimal visibility after healing. If cartilage grafts are needed from the ear or rib, Dr. Gene will take care to make the smallest incisions possible in areas that will be easily concealed or difficult to see after healing.
If revision rhinoplasty is being performed to correct structural damage, Dr. Gene may consider adding septum and/or sinus surgery to further improve your breathing and nasal functions. If the revision rhinoplasty is being performed to improve the appearance of the nose, Dr. Gene may suggest an additional cosmetic surgery, like a facelift or chin implant to further balance the face and enhance your final results.