Revision Rhinoplasty Brisbane

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Rhinoplasty is a very intricate procedure that requires a high level of skill. Slight changes in the nose can change a person’s overall look, which means surgeons must take special care when performing surgery on the nose. Due to the precise nature of rhinoplasty surgeries, aesthetic and breathing problems can arise afterwards. In such cases, patients may seek a revision rhinoplasty to correct issues.

Revision rhinoplasty amends a variety of issues from past nose surgeries, both internal and external. If you are concerned about the results of your past nose surgery, Dr Andrew Broadhurst in Brisbane can help you attain your desired nose shape and function. Your procedure will be tailored to your particular situation and needs to achieve a great result.

Common Reasons for Revision Rhinoplasty

Having a revision rhinoplasty is a very personal decision. The nose is a prominent feature on the face with an important functional role. Therefore, if the results of your initial nose surgery are not what you had hoped, this can have a severe emotional impact. Although most patients are happy with their initial results, there are many reasons why someone may want to have revision surgery. Whether you are seeking to fix an external or internal issue, revision surgery helps restore the nose to an ideal shape. By correcting these issues, patients can feel more confident that their nose is the right shape and size in proportion to the rest of their face.

Aesthetic Problems

Some of the most common aesthetic issues that surgeons correct during this process include:

  • Pointy or unnatural shape of the nose tip due to the position of cartilage
  • Bridge of the nose is crooked or uneven
  • Nose tip is asymmetrical or appears pinched
  • A sunken appearance on the side of the nose (which can cause breathing problems)
  • Bridge of the nose is humped or sunken
  • Prominent scar tissue
  • Other aesthetic issues after the initial surgery

Functional Problems

One of the most common functional issues that surgeons fix during a revision rhinoplasty is nasal obstruction. This can happen when the nasal septum (the thin wall between the nostrils) deviates from its proper place. When the nose is altered during a rhinoplasty, this can make the deviation worse, leading to obstruction in the nasal passage. Revision surgery can correct this problem, as well as others that may arise.

Revision Rhinoplasty with Dr Broadhurst

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Consultation

Your Initial Consultation

Like your past nose surgery, you will need to have a consultation to establish important details about your revision rhinoplasty. Your first appointment will take place with Dr Broadhurst, who has extensive experience in the field of cosmetic surgical procedures. This first meeting will take place virtually, either over the phone or via FaceTime.

Dr Broadhurst will ask you questions about your medical history and reasons for wanting this revision surgery. This will help determine if you are a good candidate. You should express your concerns about your past nose surgery and any functional problems with your nose. As well as this, you will need to outline what you hope to achieve through further surgery. These details are important in order to develop a treatment plan that is suited to your needs. Once all the necessary details have been discussed, you will have a clear idea of what to expect from your revision rhinoplasty.

Your Second Consultation

Your second meeting with your surgeon will be face to face rather than virtual. It will take place at one of our Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, or Ballina locations. The purpose is to confirm any last details and make sure you have a well-rounded understanding of the process. As well as discussing the surgery, it will give you the chance to ask any further questions.

This meeting will be at no cost to you and will take place a few weeks before your procedure date. We will go over any last details and discuss the likely outcomes of your revision rhinoplasty. You should then have a good idea of what to expect before, during, and after. With many years of experience, Dr Broadhurst will answer any queries or concerns you may have and provide specialised care through the whole process. He will take great care to build a treatment plan that will give you an end result you are happy with.

Procedure

What to expect during your procedure?

Revision rhinoplasty can take anywhere from one or two hours up to six hours. It is performed in a hospital under general anaesthesia. The exact duration is different for every patient, depending on the complexity. In some cases, your surgeon may need to take cartilage from the rib or the ear to help shape the nose. We will discuss these factors during your consultation.

During the surgery, your surgeon will work to reconstruct the components of your nose. These are the upper third, middle third, and lower third. The surgeon will take cartilage grafts from a different area of the body then begin carefully reconstructing the nose, taking care to preserve the nose’s breathing function. Different incision methods are best for different patients, depending on the issues from your past surgery. The two most common techniques are:

Open Rhinoplasty

During open rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes a small incision in the columella (the outer piece of skin between the nostrils). This allows more access to the bone and cartilage inside. The method is useful for complex cases, as it allows your surgeon more exposure when reshaping the nose. As a result, patients who are seeking to fix intricate issues usually have open rhinoplasty. This will help achieve a precise result. Although the incision can be seen from the outside, it usually heals quickly, and the scar will fade as the wound heals.

Closed Rhinoplasty

Closed rhinoplasty is a less invasive process. The surgeon makes small incisions inside the nose, using special tools to access and sculpt the bone and cartilage. This means patients will not have visible scarring. However, the downside to this method is that your surgeon does not have as much access and visibility. The surgeon must access the nasal framework through small openings, which can increase the risk of a poor result.

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How much does a revision rhinoplasty cost in Brisbane?

When thinking about having revision rhinoplasty, the cost is something to consider. Every patient has different reasons for seeking this procedure, which means every surgery is slightly different. Due to this, costs can vary from patient to patient. Many factors can affect the cost of your surgery. For example, the duration of the procedure, surgeon, and anaesthetist fees all need to be considered. The length of your surgery can depend on whether it is open or closed as well as which issues are being addressed. Along with this, hospital fees, medication, and the cost of post-op care can also affect the total cost.

This procedure is generally not sought for medical reasons, meaning patients want to fix an external problem that affects the way their nose looks. Medicare will not cover the cost of procedures that are not needed for health reasons. While many people seek this surgery due to an issue with appearance, some people require it due to an internal issue. This can include deformities or breathing problems. However, if these issues arise from a past surgery that was not medically necessary, Medicare will not cover further procedure costs. If you have further questions about costs, we are happy to discuss them during your consult.

Recovery

Recovery after Revision Rhinoplasty

After your surgery, your nose will be bandaged and you may be given pain medication. Some patients need to stay in the hospital overnight. In any case, you should organise for a friend or family member to drive you home.

The nose is a very delicate area, and recovery time is usually similar after revision rhinoplasty to the original surgery. This means you should take great care not to injure your nose while it heals. You should sleep on your back with your head raised and avoid hot showers and baths for the first week. You may need to wear a splint on the nose if your surgery involved changing your bones or grafting cartilage. The extent of bruising can vary between patients, but you can expect most of the bruising to fade within 14 days. You can resume driving once you are comfortable. Along with getting plenty of rest, there are things you can do to aid the healing process and achieve a great recovery. You may need to:

  • Avoid heavy lifting and exercise
  • Be careful when bending or stooping, as this can cause bleeding
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol to help with a smooth recovery
  • Wear the required splint and tapes
  • Take prescribed oral pain medication
  • Avoid any tasks that put strain on your body
  • Do not take blood thinning medications like aspirin
  • Keep your head elevated when lying down
  • Drink lots of water and maintain a healthy diet
  • Take time off work to rest and recover

Recovery is often an emotional as well as a physical process. In many cases, revision rhinoplasty fixes a small issue that had been affecting the patient’s confidence. The satisfaction that comes along with the revision surgery often makes the healing process emotionally easier. Dr Broadhurst in Brisbane will give you specific home-care instructions to give you the best chance at a great recovery and end result.

Procedure Risks & Complications

The risk that comes with revision rhinoplasty surgery is low when it is performed by an experienced surgeon. However, like any surgery, unplanned issues can arise. If you are thinking about having this procedure, it is important to understand both the benefits and risks. This will help you make an informed decision about whether it is right for you. You can reduce your risks by following your pre and post-op care instructions. It is also vital to notice and report any adverse symptoms after surgery. Risks of this surgery can include:

  • Reactions to anaesthesia
  • Bleeding or infection
  • Build-up of blood or fluid
  • Lasting pain or swelling
  • Cell death of graft
  • Nasal collapse
  • Change in skin colour
  • Temporary loss of sensation
  • Nasal blockage
  • Unwanted outcome
  • Scarring
  • New asymmetry
  • Persistent asymmetry
  • Reduced nasal tip sensation
  • Lip numbness
  • Septal perforation.

Revision rhinoplasty is an intricate process that requires artful skill on the part of the surgeon. This means good outcomes depend on your surgeon’s knowledge and experience. Dr Broadhurst is a highly skilled nose surgeon, experienced in performing both initial and revision rhinoplasty surgeries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for revision rhinoplasty?

The surgery can be performed on men or women who have had a rhinoplasty in the past. Good candidates are usually in good health and want to fix an issue caused by their initial surgery. We can determine if you are a good candidate during your initial appointment.

How much time should I take off work?

The length of time off can depend on the nature of your work as well as your body’s response to surgery. Many patients can go back to work after just one week. Some may need to take two or three weeks off.

When can I exercise after revision rhinoplasty?

You can return to gentle activities like walking after one week and light exercise after about four weeks. For high impact exercise, you should wait eight to twelve weeks, depending on the advice of your doctor.

What results can I expect?

Results are not immediate, and patients should bear in mind that recovery will take patience. The nose is a sensitive area that can take a long time to heal, meaning it can take up to a year for you to see your full results. However, once the results have become manifest, you will be able to enjoy the permanent improvements.

Will I have scarring?

Scarring depends on the type of surgery you choose. Open surgery will result in a scar, which will fade over time. Closed surgery will result in scars being hidden on the inside of the nose.

How many times can you have revision rhinoplasty?

There is no set number of times you can undergo this procedure. However, the more times you have surgery on the same area, the higher your risk of complications.

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