Revision Rhinoplasty: Incorporating Patients own Bone and Cartilage

What is Revision Rhinoplasty? 

Only if the prior surgery fails, revision surgery is needed. It is commonly called a nose job. In general, this is quite complex and alters the overall look of one’s face. Nose is the main subject and is operated upon to lift up features and to remove certain defects. Defects may include any injuries resulting from an accident or those which are present by birth.

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It is also done to mend certain issues like breathing problems or lay straight some nasal functions which were disturbed during the first surgery. Most of the times, the requirement of secondary operation arises to neat up the primary surgery. If stitches are not dissolved or removed properly, it may worsen the situation. Moreover, excessive bleeding and deficient heeling, sometimes, instigate certain conditions which demand another surgery. In addition to this, if cartilage is not properly resting on the targeted, shape alters negatively. Breathing may also become uncomfortable if nostrils face any such issue. In all these conditions revision is required.

Pro Tips for Revision Rhinoplasty

The surgeon you are selecting must be the one which highly qualified and well trained plastic surgeon so that he/she may not mess up with your nose again and provide you desired results. An experienced doctor will let you know every detail regarding the procedure. From interesting points to recovery time and medication, you will be having all such minute details, and in this way, you will be mentally prepared for everything that is going to happen. Furthermore, any medication which may prove to be a hurdle in the process of surgery must also be left apart.

How is the surgery performed?

First thing involves the dosage of anesthesia. It is given either in the form of drug or via interveinal injection. Within a few seconds, patients become completely conscious. To keep the nose numb for longer, it is directly injected with few related drugs. Points of intersection are drawn after clearly analyzing x-ray as well as after observing live monitoring. Next step may vary from patient to patient depending on the nature, size, shape, and defect of the nose. Either extra bone or cartilage is cut down, or already existing cartilage and bone are restructured in such a way that it is given the desired shape. Once it is done, absorbable stitches are put on, and the nose is wrapped in a bandage. Sometimes bandage is not necessarily required.

How much time is needed for recovery?

The patient is kept under observation for at least twenty-four hours. Overall monitoring is done. If everything stays normal, he/she is free to go the next day. If something critical happens, the doctor decides the next move and suggests some essential measures which are needed at the very moment.

Counting from the day surgery is performed, the patient will require at least two weeks to recover properly. Doctors recommend complete bed rest and staying indoors. A metallic or plastic splint is adjusted on the nose in such a way that it keeps your nose intact in the place as done by the surgeon. Cartilage, bone, and stitches experience no movement. As a result of this, nose stays in one position and heels accordingly. This is pretty helpful in attaining the intended shape of the nose. After a span of one week, metallic or plastic splint is removed by the plastic surgeon.

What are the possible after-effects of surgery?

The most common side effects amongst all are pressure and swelling. Moreover, pain also lasts a few days following the surgery. If pain becomes severe, then you must consult your surgeon. He will monitor you and will probably recommend some painkillers and other required medication.

In addition to this, inhaling and exhaling become difficult after surgery. The patient feels pressure and discomfort and nostrils may feel hurt. However, there is nothing to worry about this. After two weeks, breathing becomes comfortable and painless.

In general, if you face any issue mentioned above or other than those mentioned above, feel free to contact and consult your surgeon as soon as possible. Do not hesitate and discuss things in detail. As the nature, internal mechanism and the overall state of every person varies from the other; therefore, it is best that you get in touch with the doctor directly so that he/she may check you in person and arrive at a certain conclusion.

What are Important Precautionary Measures?

Sometimes, extensive bending, heavy weight lifting, and nose blowing will cause bleeding which also affects the result of surgery. Therefore, you must avoid doing anything which may lead to these consequences. For at least three weeks, all such activities should be prevented at every cost. Moreover, the patient must lay on the bed in such a way that his/her head is always elevated and straight. Even when a patient is sleeping or walking, the head must not be lowered down.

There are few medicines which interfere with the recovery process. These medications include Motrin and Advil. Both of these must not be consumed for at least three weeks after the surgery is performed.

A highly recognized plastic surgeon, Daniel G. Becker, holds a vast experience as well as success in the respected field. He is not only the medical director and founder of The Becker ENT Center but also a certified specialist authorized by the board. His qualification is no exception as he went to University of Virginia Medical School on full bright scholarship. His expertise rests in Facial as well as Nasal Plastic Surgery. According to World Report and US News, his department, ENT, has been continuously considered as one of the best ten departments present in the country.

Please contact Dr. Becker if you’re searching for a revision rhinoplasty specialist in New Jersey.