The best rhinoplasty surgeons do revision rhinoplasty
Although rhinoplasty is the most popular form of facial plastic surgery in the United States (surgeons performed 218,924 of them in 2017), revision rhinoplasty is only occasionally needed. About one in thirty nose jobs need revision.
Of course, that’s still more than zero in thirty. Something may go wrong in the nose job, or a patient may insist on a nose that looks wrong for his or her face. An accident or illness during recovery can also affect the outcome. Unfortunately, a revision nose job isn’t a good idea until at least a year has gone by after the original surgery. Even when you take into account that the patient has already spent much of that time waiting for the swelling to go down, and might not realize how bad things look until that swelling has gone down, this still leaves the patient spending months going around with a nose that may look worse than it did before.
By definition, a Charlotte, NC surgeon performing revision rhinoplasty is trying to improve on the work of a previous surgeon. And the main difference between a revision nose job and a regular nose job is that even a year after the original surgery, the tissues of the nose are likely to be still fragile. This makes revision rhinoplasty even more challenging. Look for a surgeon who performs it often.
Managing recovery from a revision nose job
This time you’ll really want to make sure the recovery goes smoothly. First, don’t let anything come into contact with your nose, including eyeglasses and pullover clothes like sweaters. Be sure to drink enough fluids and get plenty of sleep, keeping your head elevated while you sleep to reduce swelling. If your surgeon prescribes medication to prevent infection, don’t forget to take it on schedule.
Try to avoid lifting heavy objects, bending over, or any other form of heavy exercise that might raise the blood pressure in your head. You should also stay out of the sun, because your nose may be numb and unable to feel sunburn. To limit the risk of respiratory illness that might cause sneezing, wash your hands often and keep social contact to a minimum.
Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlotte’s best rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty surgeon. He has been certified by two different boards of surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has devoted himself entirely to facial plastic surgery, including nose jobs. Many of his patients have already had rhinoplasty done by other surgeons, and come to him for revision rhinoplasty to get the results they really wanted. If you need rhinoplasty, especially revision rhinoplasty, schedule your appointment today or ask for online consultation to get a discount on the fee.