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Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to address concerns that were either caused or not effectively remedied by a previous nose surgery. Also known as “secondary, or “corrective” rhinoplasty, this treatment can resolve complications or dissatisfaction with the initial nose surgery and produce an improved outcome. Dr. Christopher Godek is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has performed this complex procedure many times. In fact, due to Dr. Godek’s extensive expertise with nose surgery, patients in need of revision rhinoplasty are often referred to him by other surgeons in the community. Dr. Godek can evaluate your concerns and create a customized treatment plan designed to help you attain results that are more in keeping with your initial rhinoplasty goals.

“Dr. Godek is professional, caring, and really listens to what his patients want. I could not be more satisfied with my experience!”


Who Is a Good Candidate for Revision Rhinoplasty? 

If you are in relatively good overall health and would like to improve concerns related to a previous rhinoplasty, you may be a good candidate for revision rhinoplasty. Patients should also have realistic expectations for the outcome of this treatment. During your evaluation, Dr. Godek can utilize Mirror® 3D imaging technology to show you the possible results of treatment and provide a visualization of what can potentially be accomplished with the procedure.

Revision rhinoplasty can address issues such as poor symmetry, results that do not look natural, outcomes that did not satisfactorily improve the cosmetic or functional goals of the initial surgery, persistent breathing difficulties, and other concerns. During your consultation with Dr. Godek, he will examine your nose and answer all of your questions about revision rhinoplasty. Our plastic surgeon typically recommends that patients do not have this procedure until a minimum of one year has passed since the previous rhinoplasty. This is to ensure that all swelling from the last surgery has resolved and the full and final outcome is apparent. Once you have been evaluated and have talked with Dr. Godek about your goals, he will determine whether you are an ideal candidate for revision rhinoplasty. If so, Dr. Godek can discuss the next steps and formulate a customized treatment plan.

How Is the Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure Performed? 

In many cases, the incision locations that were utilized in the previous nose surgery can be used again for revision rhinoplasty, which minimizes the likelihood of additional scarring. With this in mind, some patients who had a closed rhinoplasty technique performed in the previous surgery may need an open rhinoplasty technique for the corrective procedure. In addition, a bone graft or cartilage taken from another body area may be required for this treatment. The overall approach Dr. Godek will use ultimately depends on the complexity of the concerns being addressed and what is best for each patient. He will make these determinations once the initial evaluation has been conducted and he will discuss all recommendations before the treatment plan is developed. 

During the revision rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Godek will precisely reshape nasal structures to achieve the desired aesthetic or functional results. The length of time it takes to complete revision rhinoplasty procedures is usually about two to three hours depending on the patient’s needs, and the treatment is typically performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting.

What Can I Expect During Revision Rhinoplasty Recovery? 

Recovery from revision rhinoplasty is very similar to the primary rhinoplasty process. A nasal splint to protect the nose’s new shape during the healing process will be removed about one week following surgery. Side effects such as swelling and bruising should fade within a few weeks; however, a mild degree of swelling (typically not very noticeable) will likely be present for several months. Most patients can return to normal routines after approximately one week. It’s important to avoid strenuous physical activity for several weeks until adequate healing has occurred.

Do you have additional questions about revision rhinoplasty? Please contact Dr. Godek today for more information, or to schedule a consultation.