Revision rhinoplasty is a procedure that patients opt for after they have already gone through a previous rhinoplasty procedure.
Why Do People Opt for Revision Rhinoplasty?
For those who are considering revision rhinoplasty, then they are going to need the services of a skilled surgeon who has experience. Revision rhinoplasty applies to those patients who have the desire to improve their appearance and in many cases the function of the nose. Often, these procedures are some of the most challenging procedures that plastic surgeons undertake.
Patients might choose to undergo this procedure because they are dissatisfied with the surgery they have received in the past. However, their specialist will explain that further rhinoplasty still might not rectify the problem that was not solved during the previous surgery while it might not solve any deformities that came as a result of previous surgery.
In many cases, scar tissue from the previous rhinoplasty is often a problem in revision cases and this can limit the outcome that patients see from revision rhinoplasty as it can still recur even if the revision rhinoplasty is successful. To add to this, revision rhinoplasty will often need to use cartilage to replace any damaged or deficient cartilage that might have been removed during a previous surgery.
There are instances where the nasal septum might have deviated and that might require correction in order to alter the appearance but also improve function. What’s more, there may be a nasal obstruction and that could be caused by the collapse of the tip cartilages which can result in external valve collapse. Any deviation of the nasal septum and deficiencies in the upper lateral cartilage are common in revision cases and this can cause internal valve collapse which will then require cartilage grafts that are also known as spreader grafts. These help to open up the narrowed area.
Revision Rhinoplasty – What is the Procedure About?
Often, revision rhinoplasty will require cartilage to help with structural support for the tip or the bridge of the nose. It is also common to see a deficiency in septal cartilage and so, plastic surgeons must take cartilage from elsewhere in the body, commonly the ear or the rib. There may also be a requirement for tissue to be used as a natural filler along the bridge or the tip of the nose to repair any soft tissue irregularities. One of the best sources for this is temporalis fascia which is a small incision made within the hairline and so, it is not possible to see any noticeable deficit. Although occasional, scarring can occur within the nose and this could require skin grafts to be taken in order re-open a distorted and narrowed nasal airway.
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