Revision Rhinoplasty Overview
Length: Varies from 1.5 to 3 hours
Side Effects: Patients may experience swelling, bruising around the eyes and nose, and slight bleeding and stuffiness when breathing through the nose.
Risks: Anytime a patient has surgery, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, scarring, or side effects from anesthesia.
Recovery: Most patients return to work or school one week after a revision rhinoplasty. Some patients choose to take two weeks off. Patients are encouraged to start walking and doing light exercise two weeks after surgery. Full exercise can start 4-6 weeks after surgery.
Duration of Results: Permanent
Remarkable Care, Exceptional Results
“Dr. Kulbersh is a kind soul and a highly skilled surgeon! Three prior rhinoplasties (different surgeons) had left me looking botched ..and crushingly self conscious about it. Along with a neck lift, Dr. Kulbersh artfully performed a few non-invasive revisions to my nose which made a major improvement! I’m very happy with the results!”
It’s all about your nose. Unfortunately, many people experience unsatisfactory results from a primary rhinoplasty or nose surgery. A poor rhinoplasty can create breathing problems or an unwanted cosmetic appearance. Patients often come to a nose specialist for revision rhinoplasty surgery. This procedure can repair both the form and function of a nose when the initial surgery did not produce satisfactory results.
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Revision rhinoplasty is an even more complicated procedure than primary rhinoplasty and requires a skilled surgeon. Dr. Kulbersh, who is board certified in head and neck surgery and fellowship-trained in facial plastic surgery, has extensive training and experience in revision rhinoplasty. He also has unique expertise in the function and aesthetics of the nose that enables him to help improve his patients’ nasal concerns. Dr. Kulbersh specializes in procedures on the face, and he is focused and passionate about revision rhinoplasties.
Dr. Kulbersh’s Philosophy for Revision Rhinoplasty Surgery
Dr. Kulbersh believes that patients require rhinoplasty revision for a few reasons:
- Poor healing from the initial surgery.
- A disconnect between the doctor and the patient – The doctor did not understand the patient’s desires, or the patient did not have realistic expectations.
- Surgical error.
Whatever the cause for revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Kulbersh believes the goal should be an improvement, not perfection, of the appearance and function of the nose. Surgically, he thinks he can accomplish this best by restoring the necessary anatomical support to the nose to create the proper structure and a strong foundation. This foundation will create a nose to last a lifetime.
Good candidates for revision rhinoplasty surgery are those who unhappy with the appearance or function of the nose after initial nose surgery. As with all types of facial plastic surgery, patients must be in good health and have realistic expectations for the outcome.
Patients usually want a revision rhinoplasty because they are dissatisfied with one or more of the following results:
- Sloped nasal bridge
- Nasal asymmetry
- “Pig nose”
- Crooked nose
- Nasal hump
- Overly large nose
- Unbalanced chin aesthetics
- Pinched nose deformity
- Unnatural nasal tip
- Bossa formation in the tip
- Asymmetric nostrils
- Breathing difficulties
- Nasal valve collapse
- Poor scars
No matter what your concerns might be, Dr. Kulbersh will design a personalized surgical plan to address the issues and enhance the appearance and the function of the nose as needed.
The revision rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Kulbersh is an essential component of the entire surgical process.
During your comprehensive consultation, Dr. Kulbersh will ask you questions and examine your nose to determine what caused your unsatisfactory results.
It is Dr. Kulbersh’s goal to provide you with revision rhinoplasty results that are balanced, natural, and aesthetically pleasing.
If you need a revision rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, Dr. Kulbersh will ask you to explain what characteristics of your nose you are unhappy with, and what you want to improve with your nose.
If you need revision rhinoplasty to improve your breathing, Dr. Kulbersh will examine the nose to identify the blockage. The following are common areas that cause nasal obstruction:
- Nasal valves
Whether your needs are aesthetic or functional, after your examination, Dr. Kulbersh will have a discussion with you to forge a realistic treatment plan. He aims to offer his patients the best options to achieve their rhinoplasty goals.
Dr. Kulbersh’s goal for all of his revision rhinoplasty patients is to produce a natural, more aesthetically-pleasing nose.
Revision rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure. In general, the recovery phase lasts about 1-2 weeks. Dr. Kulbersh rarely places splints or packing in the nose. You will have a cast on the nose to protect it as it heals. Dr. Kulbersh will remove the cast after one week.
Follow-up appointments with Dr. Kulbersh are a critical component of the healing process. During the first 10 days following surgery, the patient will see Dr. Kulbersh several times so he can make sure the nose is healing properly. Over the next year, the patient will see Dr. Kulbersh once every three months.
Unlike other plastic surgery procedures, revision rhinoplasty requires a long-term commitment by the patient to ensure a successful outcome. The healing process can take an entire year, so the patient must follow through on check-ups with Dr. Kulbersh. During this time, Dr. Kulbersh may inject the nose with medications to modulate the healing and get the best results.
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Frequently asked questions
Revision rhinoplasty is a procedure that occurs after the initial nose job has left the patient with unsatisfactory results.
Revision rhinoplasty can typically be performed as soon as one year after the primary rhinoplasty procedure.
The nose typically heals more slowly after a revision rhinoplasty compared to the first surgery. The patient may see some initial results within a few months. The final outcome is best appreciated about one year after the revision surgery once the swelling has resolved.
Recovery from revision rhinoplasty takes 1-2 weeks. There may be more swelling after a revision rhinoplasty when compared to the first nose job. It takes approximately one year for the swelling to resolve. A cast remains on the nose for one week. If there is bruising, it usually goes away within 10 days. Patients may return to strenuous exercise in three weeks but can do light exercise before that time.
Patients can return to work and other daily activities in approximately 10-14 days.
Yes. Revision rhinoplasty surgery can improve your breathing and correct nasal obstruction. Dr. Kulbersh uses techniques to open your airways and allow you to breathe through your nose better. The patient will not notice the improvement in breathing immediately. The inside of the nose is swollen after surgery, which may impede breathing. As this swelling resolves over a few weeks, breathing will improve.
The price of rhinoplasty revision is unique to each patient. The price of revision surgery varies based on the extent of the correction that is needed. During your consultation with Dr. Kulbersh, you will discuss the cost.
Glasses cannot be worn on the nose for some time, since it may lead to an indentation or crooked nose. Glasses can be worn during the first week as they are resting on the cast. After the cast is removed, patients have several options if they want to wear their glasses:
- Glasses can be lightly taped to the forehead to prevent pressure on the nose.
- Glasses can be placed on a small headwrap that keeps the glasses from touching the nose.
- The patient may keep the nasal cast and use it to rest their glasses.
Light glasses can be worn four weeks after surgery, but heavier glasses should not be worn until six weeks after surgery.
Nasal swelling after surgery is not only unpleasant aesthetically, but it can also make a patient more uncomfortable. Swelling in the nose causes the patient to feel extremely congested. Keeping the head elevated above the heart for the first 2-3 days after surgery will help keep the swelling down. While sleeping, you can put a few pillows underneath your back and neck or sleep in a chair recliner.