There used be a stigma attached to rhinoplasty surgery because it would often leave patients with the same nose as others that had undergone the procedure. This often happens today when people ask for the nose of their favorite celebrity. But there is no such thing as an ideal or perfect nose. There is only the nose that harmonizes with the other features on your face. The end result for any rhinoplasty should be a nose that no one notices because it looks natural.
Possible Revision Rhinoplasty Complications
Because the nose is such a prominent feature on a person’s face, a poorly done rhinoplasty can be a profoundly negative experience. A poor result is usually why people seek out a revision. One worry for those about to have a revision rhinoplasty is the possibility of having a long and drawn out recovery time.
Repeated nasal procedures can also cause an unusual amount of swelling. This is because each procedure causes scar tissue. Multiple procedures cause this to become more noticeable as the scar tissue builds up. The majority of the swelling, nearly 80 percent, should go down in the first year. The final amount takes a little more than a year. The swelling varies based on the skin’s thickness, and those with the thickest skin can expect it to be about 18 months before the swelling fully subsides.
How to Avoid Complications
The best recovery advice following revision rhinoplasty is to keep your head as vertical as possible. A liquid diet is also recommended the first 12 hours after surgery. And to reduce nasal and eye inflammation it’s also advisable to apply a small plastic zipper bag containing frozen peas to the area for 10 minutes every hour for two days.
While much of the success of a rhinoplasty procedure is due to the expertise of the facial plastic surgeon, the patient must follow the postoperative care advice. If this is done, and there are regular check-ups, then the patient has the best chance for a successful outcome with minimal discomfort.
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Dr. Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS of the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery is a Washington, D.C. metro area facial plastic surgeon with two conveniently located office locations: Chevy Chase, MD (301-222-2020) and Herndon, VA (703 481-0002). The doctor can also be reached by email. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dr. Naderi has dedicated himself and his practice to the specialty of rhinoplasty. He is dedicated to every patient and always seeks the best approach to improve both nasal form and function. His skills include not only basic rhinoplasty and septoplasty, but also revision rhinoplasty and reconstruction. The results of some of his previous work can be seen in the Naderi Center Photo Gallery.
Dr. Naderi is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons. If you’re considering a nasal cosmetic procedure, call the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery.