While rhinoplasty surgery can dramatically improve the appearance of the nose and the face, some patients could be dissatisfied with the outcomes of their procedure. Patients may find the aesthetic results to be undesirable or may suffer from breathing issues or other functional problems.
These patients may consider revision rhinoplasty to address the adverse effects of a previous rhinoplasty procedure.
However, revision rhinoplasty is usually more challenging to perform than the primary rhinoplasty procedure. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides revision rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding communities across the horizon.
What to Expect after the Procedure
The patient will spend some time in a recovery room after the anesthesia effects wear off. They may initially find it challenging to breathe through their nose. The surgeon will generally apply a splint outside the nose along with soft packing in the nostrils.
The patient may have a follow-up appointment with the surgeon in three to five days after the procedure where the surgeon will remove the packing.
The splint will be taken out usually a week after the procedure. The patient will have periodic follow-up consultations in the subsequent weeks and months. Further to these check-ups, the surgeon may schedule additional visits or talk to the patient over the phone to address any questions they may have regarding their recovery.
Initial Days of Recovery
It is essential to get sufficient rest during the initial 48 hours following the surgery. During this period, patients should:
- Sleep with their heads in an upright position
- Wear front-open clothes instead of those that go on over the head
- Brush their teeth softly to avoid any irritation to the upper lip and nose
- Keep their faces as motionless as possible
- Apply ice-packs to mid-face and nose
- Intake soft foods that still have adequate nutrients and fiber
- Take baths instead of showers until the bandages are in place
- Avoid blowing their noses
- Change gauze and bandages according to the surgeon’s guidelines
First Few Weeks
Patients commonly resume work after two weeks of their surgery. But they should continually monitor the level of their activities and protect the delicate nasal tissues. Some precautions that the patient can take during this phase are as follows:
- Avoid aggressive exercise until the surgeon instructs otherwise
- Restrict sodium consumption to decrease post-op inflammation
- Wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 when they step outside
- Not wear sunglasses or glasses for a minimum of at least four weeks (patients may use chin rests for frame support, if necessary)
It is vital that patients visit the surgeon routinely for follow-up consultations. The first appointment is commonly set up a week after the procedure. During this appointment, the surgeon usually removes any sutures or nasal packing. Subsequently, the patient will visit the surgeon for routine checkups for the next many months.
Will there be Permanent Scarring?
Most forms of plastic surgery carry the possibility of scarring, which is also the case for revision rhinoplasty. Closed rhinoplasty will not cause scarring as incisions are placed inside the nostrils.
In the case of open rhinoplasty, an astute plastic surgeon will put the incisions in a discreet location to make the scarring as inconspicuous as possible.
Compassionate and double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and other cities and towns in this part of The Golden State for revision rhinoplasty.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA.
Serving Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas of California.