Revision Rhinoplasty in San Diego, CA

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About Revision Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is among the most popular cosmetic surgeries available, and patients are usually thrilled with the outcomes they receive. However, this may not be the case for everyone. If you're unhappy with the look of your new nose, or if you're having trouble breathing following nose surgery, revision rhinoplasty is offered for women and men at our San Diego Cosmetic Clinic. Revision rhinoplasty, or secondary nose surgery, can consist of small adjustments to improve the appearance of the nose, but it can also involve total reconstruction to address the architecture for easier breathing. Revision rhinoplasty is a delicate procedure that requires a keen artistic eye and surgical skill so you shouldn't just trust anybody to fix your center feature. Rather than deal with displeasing results or functional impairments following your rhinoplasty, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon and cosmetic nose specialist Dr. Steve Laverson to learn more about this opportunity to achieve more satisfying results.

Ideal Candidates

You may be an ideal candidate for secondary rhinoplasty if you need to amend or address the complications that have arisen as a result of your previous rhinoplasty procedure. Rhinoplasty revision is mainly done to repair or change the shape and function of your nose. Patients should be looking for a lifetime repair and have reasonable goals before pursuing a revision rhinoplasty surgery. You should also know that this surgery can be much more difficult than the original rhinoplasty, depending on your starting condition.

Surgical Technique

Prior to initiating revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Laverson will discuss your situation during a consultation to understand your unique needs and aesthetic goals before designing a course of action. For the actual operation, Dr. Laverson will either use a closed or open approach. While using the open technique (the most common approach), Dr. Laverson will separate the skin from the cartilage and bone, allowing for more visibility. Next, he will shape the nose to the requested frame. The closed technique is a less invasive technique often chosen for less complicated repairs. Sometimes during revision rhinoplasty, a cartilage or bone graft is needed to help with the reconstruction process for strengthening the framework of the nose. Because no two noses are alike, your surgical plan will be unique to you and tailored to suit your goals and needs.

What to Expect

Revision rhinoplasty is usually completed as an outpatient procedure with the patient under general anesthesia. The duration of your surgery will depend on the amount of repair and whether the open or closed technique was used. Following the surgery, you will be asked to wear a nose splint for approximately a week. You also may be asked to arrange a follow-up appointment to remove both the splint and stitches. This will also allow Dr. Laverson to assess your results and progress. Since revision rhinoplasty can be more difficult than the original surgery, you can expect the recovery to be more lengthy. You could experience substantial bruising, heavy swelling, and some pain for around a week.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a revision rhinoplasty cost?
Your costs for revision rhinoplasty will vary greatly, depending on the level of reconstruction required. In your initial consultation, Dr. Laverson will understand your concerns and goals before assessing your nose. Once a revision rhinoplasty surgical plan is created, he can more accurately estimate your costs.

How long should I wait after my original rhinoplasty?
It's crucial to allow your nose time to heal following nose surgery. For most patients, it could take more than one year for swelling to completely subside so you can see the final shape of your nose. Once your nose is fully healed from nose surgery, you need to take some time to decide how you much you like or dislike the appearance and then schedule an appointment at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic with Dr. Laverson.

How common are revision rhinoplasty procedures?
Nose surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, and many people are pleased with their outcomes. However, some nose surgeries may require another surgery to polish the results or to address minor cosmetic flaws. For some patients, revision nose surgery could be necessary to repair more severe cosmetic flaws or functional issues caused by the first surgery. If you're unhappy with your nose surgery by Dr. Laverson or another doctor, visit us for a consultation to get more information on revision rhinoplasty.

How can I ensure that I will receive better results with a revision procedure?
It's very important to do your research when looking for a doctor to perform revision rhinoplasty. Dr. Laverson is a skilled plastic surgeon with years of training and experience in nose surgery. He understands the extra skill and advanced techniques needed to complete a second rhinoplasty.

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Our team at the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic want you to have your desired nose shape and size, especially if you had a less-than-desirable experience with your initial rhinoplasty. During your consultation, we will work with you to understand your needs and goals before discussing your options to provide you with the best possible outcome. If you're ready to undergo secondary rhinoplasty surgery, call our San Diego, CA office and schedule your consultation today.

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