Revision Rhinoplasty Recovery
Patients who have undergone a rhinoplasty procedure and are not satisfied with the results may be a good candidate for a revision rhinoplasty surgery. This procedure requires an expert who has the knowledge and experience necessary to operate on an area that has already been through a previous surgery. Just as the procedure requires extra care the second time, so does the recovery. Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, leading expert in revision rhinoplasty procedures, has compiled a list of the most important parts of recovering from a revision rhinoplasty. Dr. Azizzadeh is a Harvard trained specialist in nasal and facial plastic surgery. He has authored five best-selling books including the definitive rhinoplasty textbook Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty. Dr. Azizzadeh is a leading expert in the field of primary, revision, and ethnic rhinoplasy and has become widely recognized for his emphasis on creating the most natural result possible. He has been named a Top Doctor by the US News & World Report for rhinoplasty and has been featured in numerous media outlets including the Oprah Winfrey Show due to his expertise. Dr. Azizzadeh is double board certified in both facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology which gives him a unique insight into both the aesthetics and function of the nose.
What Is A Revision Rhinoplasty?
After having a rhinoplasty for the first time, expectations are high for a fantastic result. Unfortunately that isn’t always the case, and sometimes patients are left disappointed. Sometimes their cosmetic expectations were not met during the initial surgery, and other times their breathing problems were not properly corrected. Although this can be devastating, there are experts like Dr. Azizzadeh who specialize in revision rhinoplasty surgery. During a revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Azizzadeh addresses any concerns that the patient was left with after their primary rhinoplasty. If a patient decided to undergo a revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Azizzadeh puts an emphasis on making sure that the patient has realistic expectations on what can be achieved. Dr. Azizzadeh has very open and honest conversations with his revision rhinoplasty patients so that they truly understand the complexity of their second surgery and understand what results are realistic. This honesty and expectation setting really helps patients feel comfortable before and after their revision rhinoplasty.
What Makes Revision Rhinoplasty Recovery Different?
Sometimes, patients who have a revision rhinoplasty think that they know exactly what their recovery will be like (since they have already been through it once). Although the recovery process after a revision rhinoplasty is similar to the first surgery, there are some differences to be aware of as well.
What Elements of Recovery are the Same?
After a primary or revision rhinoplasty:
- The nose will have a cast on for the first week after surgery.
- The nose may be bruised or swollen. A cold compress can help reduce these symptoms.
- Dr. Azizzadeh will prescribe pain medication to help control discomfort for the first few days.
- Follow up with Dr. Azizzadeh one day and one week after surgery.
- Wait at least 3 weeks before performing any type of exercise or strenuous physical activity.
What Elements of Recovery are Different?
After a revision rhinoplasty:
The most important thing to do while recovering from a revision rhinoplasty is to keep in mind that your nose has already been through the trauma of the first surgery, and now a second one. Revision rhinoplasty procedures can be very complex, and Dr. Azizzadeh often has to work around scar tissue and other things left over from the primary surgery. As a result, the nose can take longer to heal the second time around. It can take up to two years after a revision rhinoplasty for the internal swelling to completely subside. Practicing patience is an important factory in recovering from any surgery, particularly a revision rhinoplasty. Dr. Azizzadeh’s patients will attest that it is always worth the wait, and are ecstatic to finally get the result that they were looking for.
Schedule a Revision Rhinoplasty Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh
Revision rhinoplasty procedures require an expert who has the experience and knowledge necessary to complete these complicated surgeries successfully. If you are considering a revision rhinoplasty, call The CENTER for Facial Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with world renowned surgeon Dr. Babak Azizzadeh.