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address the underlying issues
Rhinoplasty or “nose job” is a term that refers to changes to the
nose done for either cosmetic reasons, such as changing the proportion of your nose, or for medical
reasons, such as reconstructive surgery or to improve your breathing. However, there are times when
a less than desirable outcome occurs during a previous rhinoplasty, resulting in a nose that you are
not happy with. This issue can happen for many different reasons, and your surgeon must identify and
address the underlying cause. In these challenging cases, revision rhinoplasty requires a specific
skill set to address the underlying issues caused by previous surgery or trauma.
Goals Of Revision Rhinoplasty
The goal of revision rhinoplasty is to correct a previous nose
job that resulted in an undesirable shape, nasal disproportion, or trouble breathing properly through
Patients who have previously undergone one or more rhinoplasties and
are unsatisfied with their surgery results are often ideal candidates for further surgery.
To find out whether you are a candidate for further repair, you
will need to schedule a New Orleans revision rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Melancon so she
can examine you and decide together whether this is a good option for you. Call or email Audubon
Facial Plastic Surgery to set up your appointment.
Since your previous rhinoplasty results are the foundation of your
revision rhinoplasty, there will be variations in the techniques that Dr. Melancon uses for your
customized procedure. Generally speaking, the surgery is performed in the outpatient setting and
can take anywhere from one to five hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the
problem. You will be given general anesthesia in most cases, so you will not be awake for the
During the surgery, Dr. Melancon will make incisions to
reposition bone, cartilage, and the septum depending on the underlying cause. In many cases, in
prior surgeries, the cartilage has already been removed from your nose. If this is the case, you
may need cartilage from another source to rebuild your nose. Dr. Melancon can use donor rib
cartilage from a tissue bank instead of from your rib cartilage in many situations. This measure
prevents an extra incision on your chest and is one less area that needs to heal. Dr. Melancon
is considered a specialist in revision rhinoplasty and has dedicated years to perfecting her
techniques to address even the most complex cases.
The First two weeks after
After your surgery, there will be tenderness and swelling in
the nose. It will also be difficult to breathe through your nose, which can be very bothersome
for patients. While your pain should be minimal, you will have a prescription to help alleviate
your symptoms should you need it.
You should plan to take at least one or two weeks off work,
depending on what you do for work. You should avoid strenuous exercise until your incisions have
completely healed, sometimes up to four to six weeks. Note that swelling will be present for
several months, especially in revision rhinoplasty, although most of it will subside in the
first two weeks after surgery.
Because this surgery corrects results from a previous rhinoplasty by
restoring shape, function, or both to your nose, it’s important to be patient as your sensitive
nasal tissues heal.
It can take several months to a year for swelling in your nose
to completely subside and for your full results to be visible. It is imperative to have patience
with yourself and the healing process and carefully follow all doctor instructions to speed up
your recovery timeline as much as possible. Dr. Melancon values following her patients
frequently throughout the entire recovery period until they meet their goals and are happy with
Dr. Melancon is an expert facial
Your nose is the most prominent part of your face, making it one of
the most critical aspects of your facial symmetry. If you have had a nose job in the past, but
are unhappy with the results or still experiencing difficulty breathing, then revision
rhinoplasty may offer you a chance to correct these issues.
Dr. Melancon is an expert facial plastic surgeon who has
completed a large portion of her training in revision rhinoplasty techniques and has contributed
to medical literature on the procedure, making her one of the top surgeons for this kind of
surgery in the entire country. To find out if revision rhinoplasty is right for you, contact
Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Melancon for your
Dr. Melancon recommends this procedure if you’re having trouble breathing through
your nose or you’re unhappy with the appearance of your nose after a previous nose
job. In this case, revision rhinoplasty can improve your overall satisfaction with
Patients usually report feeling tender and sore after the procedure, with
mild-to-moderate discomfort. This discomfort will fade within a couple of days, but
you can take pain relievers if needed.
Incisions are planned both inside and outside your nose. The majority of the
incisions are inside your nose, so they are not visible. Incisions made outside the
nose are made in creases or along the bottom of your nose between the nostrils.
These incisions are quite small and heal very nicely in the vast majority of people.
After a few months, the scars will fade even further, making them nearly invisible.
The exact cost of revision rhinoplasty varies between patients due to individual
needs and desired outcomes. If this surgery is medically necessary, your insurance
should cover part or all of the cost. In general, given the increased complexity of
revision rhinoplasty, the cost of the procedure can be slightly higher than your
first rhinoplasty. If you don’t have insurance or choose revision rhinoplasty for
cosmetic reasons, you will need to pay the costs out of pocket. If you need
financing options, make sure to ask during your consultation.
At Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery, we know one of the most challenging parts of this process is the first step. We are a welcoming, restful place for you to come and learn about all the ways you can live life to the fullest and be the most beautiful you. Call or click to schedule a consultation to learn how you can breathe easy at Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery.
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