Revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that can correct issues resulting from a previous nose job. Although secondary rhinoplasty isn’t able to help in every case, an experienced doctor at the ENT clinic in London can provide personalised advice and arrange the procedure if it is suitable for you. The surgery could help to improve breathing or alter the appearance of the nose if the results of the first operation were not as expected.

Why is it Performed?

Rhinoplasty is usually a very safe and successful procedure when it is performed under the supervision of an experienced ENT specialist in London. However, there is always a risk that something may go wrong with any cosmetic procedure. Problems can occur either due to a mistake by the surgeon or the natural variation in the healing process, which can affect the way scar tissue forms in the nose as it recovers from the procedure. In some cases, rhinoplasty may not be able to achieve the desired cosmetic results. Another operation can readjust the size or shape of the nose in order to create the right appearance. In other cases, rhinoplasty may result in damage to the cartilage between the nostrils, blockages in the nasal cavities, breathing difficulties or other problems. Revision rhinoplasty may then be required in order to correct these issues and relieve the symptoms. An experienced ENT doctor can advise on what the procedure can achieve and whether it is a suitable option.

The Procedure

Revision rhinoplasty is similar to the initial rhinoplasty procedure, but it can be more complicated and the operation is likely to take longer. The procedure will need to be planned carefully in order to take account of the unique nature of the problem. The ENT surgeon may need to remove or reshape the bone or cartilage in the nose. Grafts of cartilage taken from elsewhere in the body may also need to be added to rebuild or support the nose. Grafts are more likely to be required in secondary rhinoplasty than during the first procedure as there is usually less tissue available to work with after the initial operation.

The grafts can add volume, help to reshape the nose, or provide added strength to support the airways. The exact procedure will be tailored to the patients needs and explained clearly by the specialist at the ENT clinic in London.

Risks and Recovery

Revision rhinoplasty is a complicated procedure that should be performed by an experienced surgeon. It isn’t suitable for everyone and there are limits to what it can achieve. Having a second rhinoplasty is a big decision that needs to be discussed carefully with an ENT doctor at the clinic in London. It is important to have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve. In most cases, patients will need to wait for at least a year after the first operation in order to have a revision rhinoplasty. It can take this long for the shape of the nose to stabilise and the scar tissue to heal and soften.

Recovering from revision rhinoplasty will take about the same amount of time as recovering from the initial procedure. Most patients will need to take about two weeks off work. Swelling, bruising and redness are expected during the first few weeks, but other side effects such as nose bleeds and numbness can also occur. More serious complications can happen in a small number of patients and it is possible that the desired results will still not be achieved even after the secondary procedure.

If you are concerned about cosmetic or functional problems after nose correction surgery, you can make an appointment to discuss revision rhinoplasty with an experienced ENT specialist at the clinic in London.

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