What to Expect During Revision Rhinoplasty Recovery
Revision rhinoplasty is a complex facial plastic surgery procedure. It involves reshaping an individual’s nose to enhance his or her cosmetic appearance after a prior rhinoplasty failed to deliver the desired results. This procedure may also be completed to correct an individual’s nasal function if it was damaged in a past rhinoplasty treatment.
For individuals who are considering revision rhinoplasty, choosing a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon like Dr. Babak Azizzadeh is essential. Choosing an experienced and highly trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon will provide an individual with the best results possible. To find out if you are a candidate for a revision rhinoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh at our office in Beverly Hills. After he assesses your nose he will be able to tell you the exact procedures he needs to perform and how long your revision rhinoplasty recovery will take. However, keep in mind that every patient is unique and everyone heals differently.
Revision rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that commonly takes between 1.5 and 4 hours to complete. However, Dr. Azizzadeh may require additional time to perform the procedure based on the surgery’s complexity.
In most cases, a patient will be able to return home the same day that the surgery is performed. This individual will need a friend or family member to drive him or her to and from the surgery center and wait during treatment. It is also important to have someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours following surgery.
The recovery period typically lasts one to two weeks, and an individual will need to stay home from work for seven to 10 days following surgery. A splint will be placed on a patient’s nose after the procedure, and this splint will be removed approximately one week later. The majority of revision rhinoplasty patients do not require nasal packing.
Patients can expect to experience swelling, pressure and pain/discomfort in the first few days after surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh will prescribe his patients an oral pain medication to help manage post-operative pain.
Breathing through the nose sometimes can be difficult for revision rhinoplasty patients in the first couple of days following surgery. The patient should be able to breath very clearly within two weeks of the surgery.
A patient should be able to return to light activities within 48 hours of treatment, such as walking around the house. He or she should try to avoid any activities that may cause the nose to bleed, such as bending over, heavy lifting and blowing the nose for approximately three weeks. Furthermore, medications such as Advil and Motrin should not be used for two weeks following the surgery, as they may interfere with a patient’s recovery.
Revision rhinoplasty patients must keep their head elevated while resting, relaxing or sleeping for at least one to two weeks following surgery to minimize bruising or swelling.
Lastly, it is important to note that recovery is a long-term process. A patient should meet with Dr. Azizzadeh every three months in the first year after surgery and annually afterward.
A patient should be able to see full results within one to two years of treatment. Regular consultations with Dr. Azizzadeh will ensure that a patient’s recovery remains on track. If you live out of town, Skype appointments with Dr. Azizzadeh are possible!
Revision Rhinoplasty FAQ
What should I expect after a revision rhinoplasty?
Swelling and bruising are common after the procedure, but these symptoms usually disappear within a few days of treatment. Meanwhile, patients typically require about 10 to 14 days for recovery. These patients also may be eligible to return to work approximately one week following surgery.
Dr. Azizzadeh teaches patients about what to expect in the days after surgery. He offers a personalized post-surgery treatment plan to each patient. Plus, Dr. Azizzadeh keeps in contact with a patient after surgery to ensure that his or her revision rhinoplasty recovery is successful.
Many of Dr. Azizzadeh’s patients choose to recover at Pearl Recovery Retreat for a few days following surgery. Pearl is a luxurious aftercare facility where patients have a dedicated team of nurses looking after them 24/7. Learn more about recovering at Pearl Recovery Retreat.
Is revision rhinoplasty more expensive than primary rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty is more complex than a primary rhinoplasty procedure. As such, a revision nose job generally takes longer to perform than a primary nose job, and it also tends to be more expensive than a traditional nose surgery.
The cost of surgery varies based on the location of a surgical practice, the surgeon performing the procedure and other factors. Prior to performing a procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh discusses the cost of treatment with a patient.
Is revision rhinoplasty common?
Revision rhinoplasty is a relatively common procedure. Some experts estimate that approximately 15% of all rhinoplasty procedures require a revision. Additionally, there are many reasons why a person may undergo a revision rhinoplasty, and these include:
- Sinus problems
- Birth defects
- Nasal collapse and/or deformity
- Sleep apnea and/or snoring
- Deviated septum
- Drooping nasal tip
- Crooked nose
- Dorsal hump on the nasal bridge
For those who are considering revision rhinoplasty, it helps to consult with Dr. Azizzadeh. During a consultation, Dr. Azizzadeh learns about a patient and finds out why this individual is considering a second nose surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh then helps a patient determine if he or she is a good candidate for surgery.
Does a revision rhinoplasty hurt more than a primary rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty patients often report that a second nose job is less painful than a primary nose surgery. Furthermore, revision surgery sometimes has a shorter recovery period and results in less post-treatment bruising and swelling in comparison to a primary nose job. In certain instances, Dr. Azizzadeh may prescribe an oral medication to help a patient manage his or her postoperative pain, too.
How often is revision rhinoplasty needed?
Ideally, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon will perform a rhinoplasty procedure that helps a patient achieve the best-possible results. If a nose job patient is not satisfied with his or her surgery results, however, revision rhinoplasty may be necessary.
Dr. Azizzadeh recommends rhinoplasty patients wait at least one year after their initial treatment before they consider a revision nose surgery procedure. This enables a patient’s nose to fully heal following an initial nose surgery. If a patient is not satisfied with nose surgery results one year after treatment, he or she may want to consider a revision rhinoplasty procedure.
Does revision rhinoplasty work?
The success of a revision rhinoplasty surgery often depends on the surgeon performing the procedure. If a patient has the right surgeon at his or her disposal, this individual may be better equipped than ever before to accomplish his or her desired results.
Dr. Azizzadeh is a world-renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who possesses a deep understanding of the nose and its associated structures. He has performed both primary and revision rhinoplasty procedures and takes a holistic approach to each nose surgery. By doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh can help a patient reshape the nose and achieve a balanced and natural-looking facial appearance.
Does revision rhinoplasty take longer to heal than primary rhinoplasty?
It often takes at least one year for a revision rhinoplasty patient to fully heal after surgery. In some instances, revision rhinoplasty recovery may extend beyond one year for all swelling to dissipate. Comparatively, it generally takes about one to two years for a patient to recover from a primary rhinoplasty procedure.
Each person is different, and some rhinoplasty patients may heal faster following surgery than others. Ultimately, it is important for a patient to schedule regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Azizzadeh. These appointments enable Dr. Azizzadeh to analyze a patient’s nose and ensure that his or her recovery stays on schedule. And if Dr. Azizzadeh identifies any potential problems during the recovery period, he can work with a patient to quickly address such issues.
Is revision rhinoplasty worth it?
For individuals who want to reshape their nose and revitalize their facial appearance following an initial nose surgery, a revision rhinoplasty is ideal. By consulting with Dr. Azizzadeh, an individual can learn about the benefits of this procedure. Also, an individual can use a consultation to determine if a revision nose job is the right facial rejuvenation treatment based on his or her individual needs.
Schedule a Revision Rhinoplasty Consultation Today
To learn more about revision rhinoplasty surgery, please contact us today at 310-657-2203 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh.