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A Delicate Procedure That Requires The Best

Revision rhinoplasty is a complex and delicate surgical procedure that demands the expertise of a skilled and experienced surgeon. Unlike primary rhinoplasty, surgeons working on revision cases must work with altered anatomy and scar tissue, heightening the need for optimal precision. Furthermore, revision rhinoplasty frequently requires re-supporting or rebuilding the framework of the nose through cartilage or soft tissue grafting from the rib or ear or through donor tissue.

Since the structure of the nose was altered during prior surgery, an intimate understanding of nasal anatomy is required to restore and enhance the form and function of the nose. As a double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Burchhardt is a specialist in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. Her extensive training, including a Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, ensures patients receive the highest level of care in revision rhinoplasty.

Revision Rhinoplasty: An Overview

Revision rhinoplasty, or secondary rhinoplasty, is a surgical procedure to correct and refine the results of prior nasals surgery. Unfortunately, in some cases, patients may not see the result they were hoping for after their initial rhinoplasty, whether due to functional issues or aesthetic concerns. Revision rhinoplasty demands a high level of surgical skill and precision, as it involves working with altered nasal anatomy and scar tissue to achieve the desired nasal shape and function.

Reasons for Revision Rhinoplasty:

  • Unsatisfactory aesthetic results
  • Crooked or asymmetrical nose
  • Overly large or small nose
  • Irregularities in the nasal tip or bridge
  • Breathing difficulties caused by a previous rhinoplasty
  • Collapsed nasal valve or nasal obstruction
  • Complications arising from the previous nose surgery
  • Over resection or under resection of nasal tissues
  • Desire for further refinement of the nasal contours
  • Age-related nasal changes after several years

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Revision Rhinoplasty FAQs

How long does the revision rhinoplasty procedure take?

The duration varies depending on the complexity of the case, but most cases take between 3 and 5 hours

Is revision rhinoplasty more challenging than primary rhinoplasty?

Yes, revision rhinoplasty is a very challenging and complex procedure, because the surgeon must work with altered nasal anatomy and scar tissue from the previous surgery.

What is recovery like after revision rhinoplasty?

The recovery time is often a bit more prolonged compared to primary rhinoplasty, with bruising lasting for 1-2 weeks. Most patients can return to light activities within a week, but strenuous activities should be avoided for 6 weeks. Subtle swelling is much more prolonged in revision rhinoplasty compared to primary rhinoplasty and often takes 1.5 or more years to fully subside.

Are the results of revision rhinoplasty permanent?

The nose continues to change over time due to inherent changes in our skin and tissues. Gravity may also play a role in affecting your nose shape and position. That said, the changes made to your nose during revision rhinoplasty will remain.

Are there risks associated with revision rhinoplasty?

As with any surgical procedure, there are inherent risks, including infection, bleeding, scarring, and anesthesia-related complications. Please discuss the potential risks with Dr. Burchhardt during your consultation.

Can revision rhinoplasty completely fix all issues from the initial surgery?

While revision rhinoplasty can significantly improve the results of the initial surgery, it is rarely possible to achieve perfection. Discuss your goals and expectations with Dr. Burchhardt to ensure you have realistic expectations.

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Why Choose Dr. Daniela Burchhardt?

Dr. Daniela Burchhardt is a double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon with a singular focus: crafting the most beautiful and harmonious outcomes for her patients. Her credentials speak volumes, boasting board certifications from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. With an intimate, boutique practice, Dr. Burchhardt takes pride in delivering results that exude natural beauty. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Burchhardt to elevate overall facial harmony.

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