Recovering From a Revision Rhinoplasty

Pope Plastic Surgery Center - ASPS Member Surgeon

before and after image of rhinoplasty revision postIf you are not happy with the results of your first nose job, a revision rhinoplasty is an opportunity to achieve the results that you should have originally obtained. There are countless reasons why some nose jobs don’t live up to the expectations of the patient. Whether it was miscommunication between the doctor and patient, or simply a inadequate procedure, a revision rhinoplasty with a doctor that you know and trust can change all of that and give you the nose you always wanted.

When considering a revisionist rhinoplasty in Florida it is important that you only consult with a board-certified surgeon. Dr. George Pope is a renowned board-certified plastic surgeon who you should consider for your surgery. He has more than 23 years of experience in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty in Florida, and he is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, as well as numerous other prestigious boards.

Your revision rhinoplasty surgeon will most likely study your previous case, checking photos before your first rhinoplasty to detect the mistakes that were made. Be sure that you speak up in your consultation and cover all your bases. You will want to discuss all your expectations from the revision surgery so that the surgeon can choose the best strategy and methods for the procedure.

Recovery time from revision rhinoplasty is quite similar to that of primary rhinoplasty. During the first few hours following the surgery, you may need to breathe through your mouth due to the packing placed in the nose to stabilize it and limit any bleeding. The surgeon may also use a splint and/or bandages. Such things do cause some temporary discomfort. But the important thing to remember is that this is ‘temporary’ and the changes in the look of the nose outdo all the damages that were caused by the original nose job.

Painkillers will be prescribed by the surgeon to minimize the post-surgical pain. Self medication is not advisable even if was a minor rhinoplasty under local anesthesia. Taking over the counter medications such as Aspirin without the surgeon’s advice can result in excessive bleeding and may lengthen the healing process. To keep swelling to a minimum, the head should be elevated at all times, including when the patient is asleep. There should be no bending over to lift things and sleeping with multiple pillows or a foam wedge. Cold compresses applied on the forehead can help reduce swelling but these should not be directly applied over the nose.

The revisionist surgeon will let the patient know when it’s safe for him/her to resume regular exercise and other strenuous activities, which is typically within a few weeks after surgery. The nose and the rest of your face should be protected with sunscreen while going outside.

If you are a past rhinoplasty patient and are unhappy with the results from a previous surgery, it may be time to consider a revision rhinoplasty with Dr. George Pope. Schedule an appointment so that you can both discuss what went wrong in the past and how you can make sure that you get the results you desire in the future.

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