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.
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
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
“I pride myself on the individual care and support I provide each of my patients. From your first consultation, I will work one-on-one with you to tailor a treatment plan to suit your unique body, fit your lifestyle and achieve the enhanced look you’ve been dreaming of.”
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.
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:
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 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.