Revision Rhinoplasty Beverly Hills, CA
Revision rhinoplasty is a unique and specialized operation that involves correcting aesthetic and functional issues that persist despite of, or because of, prior nasal surgery. Revision rhinoplasty is the most challenging of all plastic surgical operations, and a successful outcome requires a very experienced plastic surgeon who has a passion for this type of work. Dr. Frankel is renowned among the medical community for his revision rhinoplasty expertise.
Revision Rhinoplasty: Consultation and Planning
Patients have different reasons for a second rhinoplasty. Dr. Frankel understands what a big step it is to undergo a revision rhinoplasty and he does his best to set expectations and to inform his patients of his detailed surgical plan. After solving the common question of how long to wait for revision rhinoplasty, he invests the time to learn a complete history, review prior operative reports, evaluate the inside and outside of the nose, and take digital images. It is essential to determine if the patient has thin or thick skin in revision rhinoplasty.
Dr. Frankel will discuss the cosmetic procedures, surgical techniques, and functional expectations of your rhinoplasty in detail to ensure all your questions are answered. Pre-operative computer imaging, or “photo-morphing,” is performed with all rhinoplasty patients before surgery, so they may have an active role in determining the desired outcome.
Revision Rhinoplasty Surgery
The surgery is performed at the Lasky Clinic Surgical Center under twilight anesthesia. All plastic surgery procedures can vary widely depending on patient goals and how much scar tissue and distortion of the underlying anatomy is present. Revision rhinoplasty cases often require grafting cartilage to reestablish structure and to replace cartilage that has previously been removed or weakened.
Both open and closed approaches are utilized, depending on the situation, the use of cartilage graft, and the patient’s anatomy, and will be discussed with Dr. Frankel before surgery.
Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure
Preparing for Revision Rhinoplasty
Preoperative Revision Rhinoplasty Requirements
The doctor is thorough and places patient safety as his top priority while carrying out a treatment plan, which is why he has set a standard for preoperative requirements. Dr. Frankel requests that each patient have blood work done, and his staff can facilitate a quick workup to be delivered directly to his office. In addition, patients 45 years of age or older must be medically cleared for nose job through a physical examination, an EKG, and an assessment of their medical history. Patients who are 65 years of age or older have the additional requirement of having x-rays performed.
Schedule the revision rhinoplasty procedure
After a patient is deemed medically healthy and able to undergo revision rhinoplasty, they can schedule the procedure. If a patient plans to travel to Beverly Hills, he or she can schedule a time to speak with the staff at Dr. Frankel’s office to learn more about local accommodations, which can also be found on the concierge services page. In addition to booking a comfortable place to stay in California, one must plan to take time off of work and other events during the healing period. Local patients should have someone accompany them to surgery and must plan to recuperate away from work and other daily activities.
Recovery Instructions after a revision rhinoplasty procedure
A week or so before the actual procedure, revision rhinoplasty patients should prepare for their recovery. All prescription medications written by Dr. Frankel should be filled, and other necessities for the healing process purchased. These items may vary from one patient to the next but often include a lightweight ice pack, saline nasal solution, and ways to entertain oneself while laid up. In addition to this, the patient should clean their home, or at least their recovery area. Clean bedding and extra pillows are essential to postoperative healing.
What to expect on the day of revision rhinoplasty surgery
Revision Rhinoplasty Anesthesia
The majority of all operations that Dr. Frankel performs will be under the direction of a board-certified anesthesiologist, and involve twilight anesthesia without the need for a breathing tube, ventilator or paralysis.
Even in surgeries taking several hours, the anesthetic is well tolerated and patients wake up quickly feeling very good. The entire experience is enhanced.
Day of Surgery
The first one to two hours after rhinoplasty are spent in the recovery room on monitors and under the care of a registered nurse.
Patients are transferred to private rooms once they are more awake, where their families or friends can join them. Once fully alert, patients will be able to return home with a set of post-operative instructions.
Rhinoplasty is not typically very painful, and most patients experience more discomfort than pain, particularly immediately after surgery while the local anesthesia is still working.
While recovering at the clinic, patients may receive intravenous medications to stem any acute pain. Patients are discharged from the clinic with their prescribed medications.
You will likely feel a variety of different emotions before your nose job: excitement, anxiety, fear, etc. It is normal to have some apprehension before any operation, and in particular one that will change your appearance.
If you are questioning things, Dr. Frankel suggests that you trust yourself and the time and effort you spent making the decision to have surgery and choosing the best doctor.
What to expect after surgery
Swelling Post Operation
Following surgery, a splint will be placed on the nose, both for protection and to help it maintain its new shape. The nose will be moderately swollen and stuffy for several weeks, and the remainder of the swelling will gradually resolve over the course of the next six to eighteen months.
Hydration of your nose
Sleeping with a humidifier can be helpful for the first two weeks after surgery. Once Dr. Frankel gives the go-ahead, use a nasal saline spray to help keep the inside of your nose moist. Using a saline spray will minimize crusting in your nose and will make breathing easier.
Rest and exercise post-surgery
Rest for the week after surgery and avoid excessive smiling or bending over. Most patients can drive a car and return to work and social activities after eight days. Avoid strenuous/extreme physical exercise for three weeks, and contact sports should be avoided for eight weeks.
Average recovery time
Every patient heals differently. If you notice that a particular behavior or activity is causing swelling, do your best to avoid that activity until you have healed. Physical recovery from the nose job is fairly quick, but the nose will not achieve its final form for well over a year.
Revision Rhinoplasty Photos
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Revision Rhinoplasty Candidates
Unexpected outcome after revision rhinoplasty
After a patient has fully healed from rhinoplasty surgery, he or she may feel that the primary surgery did not meet initial expectations. When the aesthetics of the nose disappoint a patient, they may ask their original plastic surgeon for a redo, or visit a specialist revision rhinoplasty surgeon like Dr. Andrew Frankel to improve the shape of the nose. Dated surgical practices or inexperienced doctors can create a less-than-pleasing final result with poor or inadequate cosmetic corrections. In other instances, the patient may not have fully explained their goals for the surgical plan outcome, and therefore feel dissatisfied with the final result. When doctor and patient expectations do not fully align, a revision or secondary rhinoplasty may remedy a previous primary surgery.
Healing Complications post-surgery
After rhinoplasty surgery, a patient may feel that the nose is more swollen or discolored, or feels more painful, than expected from details discussed during the consultation with Dr. Frankel. These symptoms can signal infection or an issue with the healing process. Any trauma to the nose following primary surgery can also create a flawed recovery period where the nose may need additional surgical correction. Revision rhinoplasty can treat issues such as an overabundance of scar tissue or a collapsed septum that interferes with regular breathing. Other issues such as irritation and soreness may be addressed with prescription medications, such as those for anti-inflammatory and antibiotic purposes.
Different Aesthetic Ideals
Most patients seeking rhinoplasty have a specific vision of how they would like their nose to look. It is through photo imaging that patients have the ability to see a potential final result of rhinoplasty before they undergo the surgery. Careful planning in addition to this demonstration leads to the success in many patient plastic surgery procedures; however, some may feel differently about their surgical plan once the results of a nose surgery have healed. Revision rhinoplasty can be performed when one wishes to change the look of the nose for a second time. This measure is taken to ensure patient satisfaction, but numerous surgeries to the nose for cosmetic purposes can be an indication of a serious psychological disorder.
Revision Rhinoplasty FAQs
Revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to repair problems of form and function of the nose that have resulted from a previous rhinoplasty.
Men and women who are physically healthy, realistic in their expectations and looking to improve the results of a previous rhinoplasty procedure may be good candidates for revision rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty is best postponed on young patients until the nose has completed its growth. In general, this tends to occur around the age of 14 or 15 for girls and a bit later for boys.
During a consultation, there is an in-depth discussion with the patient about his/her desires and previous procedure(s). There is a pre-op evaluation of the nose and the overall facial balance. Computer imaging may also be used.
Revision rhinoplasty often takes place in a free-standing outpatient surgery center or a surgeon’s office facility, such as the Lasky Clinic. Some cases may be performed in a hospital.
Revision rhinoplasty is usually performed with either general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation.
Once the anesthesia is administered, the incisions are made and the skin of the nose is separated from the underlying bone and cartilage. Depending upon the particular case, cartilage may be repositioned or missing structures may be replaced. When the desired shape is achieved, the skin is pulled back down and the incisions are closed.
Primary rhinoplasty tends to take between one and two hours to perform and revision rhinoplasty typically takes longer.
For revision rhinoplasty, the incisions may be confined solely to the inside of the nose or an additional small incision may be made under the tip of the nose. When the incisions are confined to the inside of the nose, the procedure is referred to as closed rhinoplasty, whereas procedures involving an incision under the tip of the nose are referred to as open rhinoplasty.
With closed rhinoplasty procedures, in which the incisions are confined to the inside of the nose, there will be no visible scarring. With open rhinoplasty, in which an additional small incision is made under the tip of the nose, a small, fine-line scar will result though it is well-concealed and will fade with time.
Revision rhinoplasty tends to involve less pain, as well as less bruising, than primary rhinoplasty procedures. Patients can be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort that they may feel.
No, you will need to have a family member or friend drive you home.
It’s often a good idea to have a family member or friend accompany you to surgery and to your home or your place of recovery for the evening.
Revision rhinoplasty is usually a less painful procedure than primary rhinoplasty and often involves less bruising as well. Most of the bruising that patients experience will have faded by about the tenth day. Swelling is also common and this can take months to fully fade.
The splint and stitches will be removed within about six to seven days. Patients are typically able to return to work within about a week, though strenuous activities will need to be postponed for about two to three weeks. Patients should also avoid bumping or jarring the nose or getting a sunburn for eight weeks.
Patients are typically able to return to work within about a week after their revision rhinoplasty procedure.
To prevent bleeding and increased swelling, avoid extreme physical activity, including athletic activities and intercourse. After 24 hours, you are encouraged to go for light walks and strolls. Light cardio, such as an elliptical machine or spin bike can begin on post-op day seven (7). Do not engage in any heavy physical activity (running and weight lifting) or anything that involves bending over (yoga, pilates) for at least three (3) weeks, unless otherwise instructed.
The stitches are usually removed within about six to seven days after revision rhinoplasty.
Some of the potential complications associated with revision rhinoplasty may include adverse anesthesia reactions, excessive scarring, prolonged swelling, pulling of the nose to one side, small burst blood vessels and the need for additional surgery.
Procedures which are performed to repair functions of the nose, such as breathing, may be covered to some degree. However, procedures which are solely cosmetic are typically not covered by insurance.
Yes, we offer financing for surgery. We accept Care Credit, Alphaeon Financing, and VISA and MasterCard.
As with any surgery, there are certain medications and vitamins that should be avoided beforehand, as they can cause you to bleed more than normal. These should generally be stopped two weeks prior to surgery, and your doctor should provide you with a list of these medications.
If you live near Beverly Hills, CA, DR. Andrew Frankel, offers revision rhinoplasty among its services and is conveniently located at 201 S Lasky Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90212.