Revision Rhinoplasty


Because of its three dimensional nature, the nose is one of the most complex parts of the face. On the outside, it is framed by the mouth, the cheeks, the forehead, and the eyes and can significantly affect the appearance and balance of the rest of the face. In addition to this, the nose has a complex internal structure responsible for breathing, warming and moistening the air that we take in, our sense of smell, and allowing aeration of the sinuses among other things.

Too often patients and sometimes physicians do not realize the complex nature of the nose when approaching it surgically. Any surgical approach on the nose that does not take into consideration all of the factors mentioned above increases the risk of developing some type of nasal problem postoperatively. Overly aggressive reduction of a large nose can result in inability to breathe through the nose, a nose that doesn’t fit with the face, and a “surgical” look.

Any patient considering rhinoplasty or septoplasty surgery (also known as a nose job) should strongly consider choosing a Utah Facial Plastics' surgeon or another equally qualified surgeon whose training and experience reflect a thorough understanding of these principals, and whose practice manages surgical and non-surgical nasal problems on a regular basis.

Revision rhinoplasty surgery presents more of a challenge than a traditional rhinoplasty as the presence of scar tissue and, sometimes, lack of cartilaginous support will demand the surgeon have a lot of experience with how to deal with the problems that may be encountered due to the past surgery. With cartilage having been removed in the original rhinoplasty, cartilage often needs to be taken from behind the ear to restore the nasal form. The ear incision is well hidden and there is no change in the shape of function of the ear.

Although revision rhinoplasty has special considerations, it is a very rewarding procedures. Surgery time is typically longer for a revision rhinoplasty and typically takes about 5 hours. The mucus membranes revert to their normal size in 1-2 weeks after the surgery but the results continue to evolve over the course of a year, though noticeable improved post operatively.

The ideal candidate for revision rhinoplasty is an individual unhappy with the results of their previous nose job. Revision rhinoplasty can also be an option for people who have experienced complications from their last surgery. If you are considering revision rhinoplasty, you will want to consult a plastic surgeon with experience performing this variety of procedure, such as the team at Utah Facial Plastics and UFP Aesthetics of Layton and Draper, UT. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will assess your specific, individual case and determine whether or not revision surgery is right for you.

There are a few signs that may indicate that you need revision rhinoplasty surgery. If you are unhappy with the look of your nose, revision surgery may be an option for you. Additionally, if you have experienced complications from your previous nose jobs, such as trouble breathing or persistent pain, revision rhinoplasty may be necessary to correct these issues.

There is no specific timeframe for when you should have revision rhinoplasty surgery following a previous rhinoplasty procedure. In most cases, people may decide to have revision surgery immediately after their original nose job if they are unhappy with the results. However, it is more common to wait at least a year after the initial surgery to allow for swelling and bruising to subside before actually undergoing revision surgery. Your doctor at Utah Facial Plastics and UFP Aesthetics can walk you through the process and make recommendations based on your unique situation.

The results of revision rhinoplasty surgery will not be immediately visible. It can take up to one year for the final results to become apparent as swelling and bruising subside. However, you should start to see an improvement in the appearance of your nose soon after surgery as the healing process progresses. Our team will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor the recovery period and ensure you have the results you expect.

The recovery process after revision rhinoplasty is similar to the recovery from a primary nose job. You can expect some swelling and bruising around your eyes, which will typically subside within two weeks. You should also get enough rest and avoid strenuous activity for the first few weeks after surgery to allow your body to heal correctly. Most people take some time off of work and social activities for their recovery and receive clearance from their doctor at Utah Facial Plastics and UFP Aesthetics in Layton and Draper, UT, to return to their regular routine.

There are risks associated with any medical procedure, including revision rhinoplasty. However, these risks are typically minimal when revision surgery is performed by an experienced plastic surgeon. Some of the potential risks and complications from revision rhinoplasty include infection, bleeding, and scarring.

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