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What you need to know about revision rhinoplasty

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Revision rhinoplasty becomes necessary when a patient’s original rhinoplasty procedure requires repair. When the initial rhinoplasty procedure fails to correct, or worsens the form or function of the nose, your plastic surgeon may suggest a rhinoplasty revision.

A good candidate for rhinoplasty revision is a person who has experienced the previously mentioned failures with their original rhinoplasty procedure. It is important to be in good health and carry realistic expectations into your second procedure.

During your rhinoplasty revision consultation you and your plastic surgeon will thoroughly discuss the short comings of your previous procedure, as well as your expectations for your rhinoplasty revision. Revision rhinoplasty is more difficult and technically challenging.

Although you can have your rhinoplasty revision surgery at any surgical office, plastic surgeons recommend having your rhinoplasty revision procedure done in a hospital setting for extra assistance. Ask your rhinoplasty plastic surgeon if they have any hospital privileges during your consultation.

One bright side to revision rhinoplasty if you find yourself in need of this procedure is that it tends to be less painful than the original procedure. Healing from your revision rhinoplasty procedure should be less difficult as well. Expect to see less bruising with your second procedure. Working will be back on the table once your splint is removed in about a week, but don’t expect to be participating in any strenuous activities for about two to three weeks.

Do not expect your revision rhinoplasty procedure to be covered by your insurance company unless a functional repair is necessary that can be proven as pre-existing to the original rhinoplasty procedure.

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