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Revision Rhinoplasty (Secondary or Corrective Nose Surgery) - Houston, TX

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What is Revision Rhinoplasty?

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.

Surgical Info

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.

Recovery

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. 

Results

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?

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.

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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  
Outpatient
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Revision Rhinoplasty FAQs

Conditions Treated?

  • Asymmetry
  • Breathing trouble
  • Incomplete nose shaping
  • Minor adjustment after nose surgery
  • Overdone nose surgery
  • Structural collapse of cartilage or bone
  • Unsatisfactory results

Good Candidates?

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?

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.

Combining Surgeries?

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.

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