If you have difficulty breathing through your nose or are dissatisfied with the cosmetic appearance of your nose as a result of a prior nose job, you may be a candidate for revision rhinoplasty. Located in Carmel and Greenwood, Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Mark M. Hamilton, MD, FACS, offers revision rhinoplasty for men and women who live in and around Indianapolis, IN.
What Is Revision Rhinoplasty?
If any issues develop during or after a rhinoplasty, then a patient might require a revision rhinoplasty to restore the form and function of their nose.
Why Patients Need Revision Rhinoplasties
Patients will often begin to explore their options for a revision rhinoplasty for one of two reasons. Due to the fact that most patients have a rhinoplasty to alter the appearance of their nose, many will seek out a revision rhinoplasty if they are not happy with the outcome of the original procedure. If the rhinoplasty was carried out to remove a nasal passage obstruction, then a patient might need multiple surgeries before the passage is completely clear. In limited cases, rhinoplasties can cause obstructions that were not there before.
Are There Any Age Restrictions When It Comes To Rhinoplasty?
One of the most important things to consider when discussing rhinoplasty is the development of the patient’s nose. Most female patients will have a fully developed nose by the age of 14 while most male patients finish growing a few years later.
What Can I Expect During A Consultation For Revision Rhinoplasty?
The initial consultation will allow a patient to speak with Dr. Hamilton about their previous procedure(s) and desired results. Dr. Hamilton will then examine the structure of the nose and the patient’s overall facial balance. In some cases, computer images will be taken as well.
What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used For Revision Rhinoplasty?
Most revision rhinoplasties are done with general anesthesia, but some patients do opt for a local anesthetic and sedative.
How Is Revision Rhinoplasty Performed?
After administering the anesthesia, Dr. Hamilton will make one or more small incisions and gently peel the skin away from cartilage and bone. He will then reposition the cartilage or replace missing structures depending on the desired results. Once the hard and soft tissue is in the correct place, the skin is pulled back up, and the incisions are sutured shut.
Depending on the alterations that need to take place, most revision rhinoplasties can be carried out in one to two hours.
Where Are The Incisions Made For Revision Rhinoplasty?
The two most common incision sites for revision rhinoplasties are the interior of the nose and the tip of the nose. Surgeons refer to these procedures as a “closed rhinoplasty” if the incisions are made in the interior of the nose and an “open rhinoplasty” if the incision is made on the tip of the nose.
Does Revision Rhinoplasty Result In Scars?
There are absolutely no visible scars if the incisions are made on the inside of the nose. As for open rhinoplasties, a small white line will be visible on the tip of the nose, but this will fade with time.
What Sort Of Recovery Can I Expect After Revision Rhinoplasty?
Many patients have noted that their revision rhinoplasty was much easier to recover from than their original procedure(s). Bruising should be completely gone within 10 or 11 days, but the swelling might require a full month to heal. Patients will need to schedule a follow-up appointment after the first week to have their bandages removed. All strenuous activities should be avoided for at least three to four weeks. During that time, patients should also avoid jarring or bumping their nose.
When Will I Be Able To Go Back To Work After My Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure?
Most patients can return to work within seven days of their revision rhinoplasty.
When Can I Exercise After My Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure?
If your nose is healing correctly, then you should be able to exercise within 20 days of your surgery. Sunburns should be avoided at all costs for at least two full months.
When Are The Stitches Removed After Revision Rhinoplasty?
Stitches are generally removed one week after the surgery.
Is Revision Rhinoplasty Covered By Insurance?
As with most other cosmetic surgeries, rhinoplasties that are carried out to alter one’s appearance will not be covered by insurance. Revision rhinoplasties that are performed to improve the function of your nasal passages might be fully or partially covered by insurance.
How Much Does Revision Rhinoplasty Cost in Indianapolis?
Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery seeks to make facial surgery procedures available and affordable for everyone. To accomplish this, we offer financing options and accept cash, major credit cards, and personal checks for revision rhinoplasty.
Mark M. Hamilton, MD, FACS, is recognized as one of the “top physicians” in America for facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, specializing solely in cosmetic facial procedures, Dr. Hamilton provides his Indianapolis patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on revision rhinoplasty or to schedule a private consultation at Dr. Hamilton’s Carmel or Greenwood office, please contact us.