Revision Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a common type of reconstructive and cosmetic nasal surgery performed on the outside or inside of your nose. People choose nasal surgery for many reasons including to improve breathing, to correct congenital or acquired deformities, to cosmetically change the size and shape of their nose, or to repair nasal injuries from trauma. Revision rhinoplasty, also referred to as secondary or tertiary rhinoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to correct problems resulting from prior nasal surgery. While revision rhinoplasty can improve both aesthetic and functional issues, it is often a very challenging procedure and requires a surgeon with specific training experience. Dr. Daniel H. Lin performs revision rhinoplasty surgery at Shine Cosmetic Surgery providing his patients with the highest level of skill and expertise possible.

Operating on a nose the second time is much more difficult because the tissues of the nose are often scared and the natural surgical planes are not easily identifiable. Dr. Lin has a complete understanding of the anatomy of the nose and during your revision rhinoplasty, he will not only repair any external deformity that resulted from the previous surgery, he will also correct any breathing problems not been addressed at the time of the original surgery. Besides having to know the anatomy so well, very often during a revision rhinoplasty procedure there is a need for grafts to be applied to the nose in order to substitute for tissue that has been removed or injured. Dr. Lin will reposition cartilage and replace missing structures and if grafts are required from another area of the body, he is an expert in knowing what types of grafts to use and he performs this procedure delicately so as not to create additional deformities.

Dr. Lin performs revision rhinoplasty as an outpatient procedure using IV sedation or general anesthesia. He often requires an open approach in which a small incision is made on the skin between your nostrils. A revision rhinoplasty can take two or more hours to complete which is typically longer than the initial rhinoplasty. Although patients may undergo some discomfort, swelling, and bruising following their revision rhinoplasty, it is usually less than experienced after their primary rhinoplasty procedure. Work and many other normal activities can often be resumed one week after your revision rhinoplasty, though strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks.

If you have had an initial rhinoplasty surgery that did not turn out as you expected, fortunately the good news is that Dr. Lin can give you the outcome you deserve. During your consultation, he will encourage you to discuss what you dislike about your nose and what you hope to achieve through surgery. He will examine your nose thoroughly and discuss your medical history and if it is determined that you are a good candidate, he will explain your options and the details entailed with a revision rhinoplasty surgery and recovery. Because revision rhinoplasty is a highly customized and individualized surgery, your consultation with Dr. Lin is very important so please contact Shine Cosmetic Surgery today.