Revision rhinoplasty in Los Angeles is a challenging specialty for plastic surgeons. A thorough examination and careful planning are critical to achieving a natural look when surgery has already been performed.
Patients research their options more carefully the second time around, knowing that finding a board-certified plastic surgeon with considerable experience in revision rhinoplasty is key to a pleasing outcome. Because I perform surgery on so many noses each year, I derive great satisfaction from each unique revision case.
Many revision rhinoplasty patients have difficulty breathing through the nose. Causes of nasal airway obstruction include deviated septum, narrow internal valves, enlarged turbinates (narrow, curled bones inside the nose) and internal scarring. These internal problems are typically not visible on the outside of the nose. The treatment of functional problems may be combined with changes to the appearance of the nose. Insurance companies may cover surgery for the treatment of nasal airway obstruction or significant nasal deformity.
Educated at some of the most elite institutions in the country, Dr. David Stoker uses his highly advanced knowledge to ensure that each patient achieves beautiful, harmonious results — whether it's through a simple non-surgical procedure or a more advanced surgical transformation. Learn more about his unique credentials and his approach to plastic surgery.
Open Rhinoplasty: Usually the open rhinoplasty technique is advisable for revision rhinoplasty surgery. It provides better exposure to allow me to fully diagnose the cause of the patient’s problems. It also improves the precision of the surgical treatment.
Cartilage Grafts: Cartilage grafts are commonly needed for revision nasal surgery. The septum is usually the best place to obtain cartilage for grafts. In revision nose surgery, however, the septal cartilage is often no longer available. It may be necessary to use cartilage from the ears or ribs to reconstruct the nose.
Candidates for revision rhinoplasty include those who were not satisfied with the results of a previous procedure, as well as patients whose nose has changed years after successful rhinoplasty. These may be people who have observed their nose growing larger and droopier with time, or those who have suffered traumatic injury.
Patients most often experience a smooth and quick recovery from surgery. I’ll remove nose splints 4 to 6 days following the procedure. Many patients return to work about this time. Results typically look good several days after surgery and continue to improve during the coming year.
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Bleeding, infection, scarring, asymmetry and unmet expectations are all possible from revision rhinoplasty surgery. The risks of revision surgery are higher than with nose surgery the first time around.
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